Pena, in fact, has an amazing – and somewhat unheard of for a backup catcher -- underground swelling of support from fans who fill up chat rooms with pleas to Royals management to play the 27-year-old catcher more often. Pena admits he is flattered by all the attention. "I appreciate that so much," he said, almost bursting to get the words out. "I love the Kansas City fans. I understand Jason (Kendall) is our catcher and our No. 1 catcher. I want to support my teammates and the team. I don’t want to let anyone down once I get out there. "But the fan support, it’s just great. When you have that fan reception, having people in the street stop you and say good stuff to you, that’s why I am in love with the Kansas City fans.