I’m a fan of all aspects of Americaâ€™s favorite pastime. For generations my family has played and followed the amazing sport of baseball. I began collecting baseball cards at an early age and knew every player in the league by age seven. I played ball at Shawnee Mission North and California Baptist College in Riverside California then graduated from KU. After eight great years living in Los Angeles I returned to KC. Later, Â I got involved with the Royals hosting the post game show on 610 sports radio in 2008 and 2009.
Kansas City baseball is special to me. Generating excitement about the Royalâ€™s minor league system is one of the main ways we can bring KC back to baseball’s promise land. When the Royals dominated the league, most fans knew our minor league stars. I remember following all of the minor leaguers including guys like Darryl Motley, Butch Davis, Keith Creel, and Frank Wills. Supporting todayâ€™s minor league stars like Moustakas, Hosmer and Montgomery will bring us back into the national spotlight.
This website is a vehicle to build fan support of our farm system. Baseball is more than Americaâ€™s pastime for me. Itâ€™s a passion. Enjoy this glimpse into the sport that makes me feel most alive. I want my Â son to enjoy Kansas City baseball at its pinnacle again. Letâ€™s assure a successful future for Royals baseball
IÂ have been a Royals fan since the organization was founded in 1968. My grandfather started taking me to baseball games when I was barely 3 years old and I saw some of the last games played by the Kansas City Athletics at old Municipal Stadium. Since my grandfather was such a huge baseball fan, he took me to anywhere from 30-40 games a season between 1969-1982. I saw some of the best games in Royals history and even the 1973 All-Star Game. My biggest thrill was seeing playoff baseball at Royals Stadium in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1985.Â I still have many of the souvenirs I collected over the years and my prized possession is an authentically signed baseball from the entire 1979 roster that was presented to me by Larry Gura.
On a personal note, I am a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!) and I have been married to my beautiful wife Darla for 20 years. I have two children and a lot of animals….
My main job on this site is to provide the web administration and new features to make sure the fans can find what they need. If you have any suggestions, just fill out the contact form at the top of the screen.
I can’t tell you the exact date I became a Royals fan because it was just ingrained in me from the time I was two years old because that was who my fathers favorite team was.Â We lived in the country where cable couldn’t reach us and before the invention of small dish tv so the greatest memories of that time revolve around playing sports with my friends andÂ listening to Fred White and Denny Mathews on the radioÂ during every carÂ drive or just sitting on the deck outside in the summer.Â My favorite RoyalsÂ moment ever is the night at the K during one of our family vacations when the Yankees jumped out to a big league only to have George Brett hit a game leading 8th inning home run as my cousin and I literally prayed with our eyes closed.Â I opened my eyes just in time to see the ball clear the RF fence, I remember thinking I had this power over the game, I guess thats what creates superstition in playersÂ it wasÂ fantastic.Â George, Frank, Bret and others started my obsession with baseball and while I’ve came around to the numbers side of the game I prefer the prospect and playing aspect, I love the dream and the probability of things I guess.
A bit more about me I’m married with two boys and another on the way we live in Omaha (because its cheap I’d rather live in LA she’d rather live down south) and I own a small cab company across the river in Council Bluffs as well as a mechanic shop after managing at several different car dealership for 12-13 years.Â I’ve done some other weird/interesting things in my life but now my focus is on building a legacy to give to my kids and my wife while also watching plenty of baseball for myself.Â You can follow me @ClintScoles thanks for reading
Iâ€™ve been a Royals fan since the day I was born. A lot of people say that, but very few truly mean it the way I do. I had a George Brett onesie and was lucky enough to at least be alive when the Royals won their first and only World Championship. I always loved baseball growing up. Iâ€™d have the Royals game on the radio with a Cubs or Braves game on television with the sound turned down. While my house was a Royals house through and through, I knew I could never leave those guys when I saw George Brett kiss home plate in his farewell run around the bases.
Iâ€™ve lived in Kansas City my whole life (outside of college) and couldnâ€™t imagine living anywhere else. A lot of that is because of friends and family, but a portion larger than Iâ€™d previously been willing to admit is the Royals. Theyâ€™re my team and I love them.
Outside of baseball, one of my greatest joys in life is writing. And because I feel the need to bring everything in my life back to baseball, I started blogging about the Royals and now have the opportunity to share my opinions with all of the awesome readers of our site. To me, thatâ€™s pretty incredible.
I grew up in Topeka, blessed to have grandparents and a dad who loved baseball and introduced meÂ to the Royals at an early age. That was in the midst of the franchiseâ€™s glory days. I am old enough toÂ remember the 1984 and 1985 postseasons but not old enough to remember George Brett taking GooseÂ Gossage deep.
Iâ€™m married to an amazing woman, Michelle, who grew up in Memphis watching the Chicks when theyÂ were the Royalsâ€™ Class AA affiliate. We donâ€™t have any kids, but weâ€™ve got a dog and three cats (one ofÂ them is named for Alex Gordon!).
Iâ€™ve lived in Topeka or Kansas City my whole life, so Iâ€™ve seen lots of Royals baseball, from the glory daysto the gory days, and I hope for a return of the glory days soon. I enjoy chronicling the rich history of theÂ Royalsâ€™ franchise here at Pine Tar Press, and also occasionally giving my opinion on the current team.