It’s been really hard to try and pick something to write about when it comes to our beloved Kansas City Royals. I have been struggling mightily with a topic that is worth writing about. I just got back from a much needed week vacation and I can safely say I only checked scores a couple of times on my trip. I then realized this is the same thing that happens every year at this point.
The Royals will give us all hope in the early going, only to wither away when the blistering heat of a Kansas City summer lies over the entire city. The sun must get in their eyes when fielding, batting, base-running, pitching, making pitching changes, making trades, and well…bunting. This team is the exact same as all the other ones that are long forgotten with hope of a better tomorrow. It’s like the nightmare where you are trying to escape the monster hot on your heels, yet every time you try to reach the corner you just get farther and farther away.
I am usually the person that will watch every game or try to listen to it but lately I find myself not even wanting to watch the highlight from each game (get it?). This team had a chance to do something this year which they hadn’t done in so long. I know being 4 games under .500 seems like so long ago, but this team was there. Then some bad hitting, pitching, managing, lineups, bullpen and of course the sun helped turn the golden record into another dreadful repeat of past years.
You have to sit there and take all of it in and wonder if they will ever escape the losing. As the Royals are being banned from talking to members of the other team (Maybe they were asking the players how to win ballgames?), the collective fan-base must continue to sit in the corner listening to the same anthem over and over and over and over. Quite frankly, I am ready to snap the record in half and start over.
The Rays changed their LOGO and shortened their name before they started winning. Maybe we will go with the KC Roy’s and pay tribute to the greatest fictional baseball player of all time, Roy Hobbs. I am all for the lightning patches as well. This team needs a jolt, and I have spent 20+ years of my life hoping lightning would strike at least once. Well Kauffman faithful, let’s toast to the broken record that is the Kansas City Royals and strap in for another turbulent off-season from Dayton Moore; full of overpaid guys past their prime and boneheaded trades.