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The legend of the Rally Mantis lives on thanks to these Royals fans and their terrifying masks

It all began with a bug, a dugout, and the winds of fate. After the Royals acquired outfielder Billy Burns from the A's prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he was welcomed to Kansas City by the local wildlife -- notably, one giant praying mantis, who decided to hang out on his hat during the team's game against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

But wait: K.C. trailed Toronto BPM (that's Before Praying Mantis) and proceeded to rally for a 4-2 victory. Was this a coincidence, or something more? We couldn't be sure ... until the next day, when the Royals won again, 7-1. And do you know who was in attendance?

Mantis

And lo, the Rally Mantis was born. Word of its power quickly spread throughout the heartland. And because Royals fans always know a good-luck charm when they see one, it didn't take long before they began constructing -- and wearing -- idols in its honor. Terrifying, terrifying idols:

Mantis

You may now print this out and burn it deep within your nightmares. You're welcome:

Mantis