Some Royals Things To Be Thankful For Reviewed by Momizat on . I heard a very good sermon in church on Sunday. The main point was driven home by a video of comedian/famous theologian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brien’s TV show. T I heard a very good sermon in church on Sunday. The main point was driven home by a video of comedian/famous theologian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brien’s TV show. T Rating: 0
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Some Royals Things To Be Thankful For

Some Royals Things To Be Thankful For

I heard a very good sermon in church on Sunday. The main point was driven home by a video of comedian/famous theologian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brien’s TV show. The most important quote? “Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.”

I know bloggers get a reputation (and yes, it’s often deserved) for being negative. But in this Thanksgiving season, perhaps we could concentrate on some of the good things about the Royals. I’ll try to keep the snark to a minimum. After all, the Royals are probably much like the family you’re going to spend time with this week: sure, they drive you crazy sometimes, but you do love them and sometimes you just have to overlook their faults. And some of the things they do are amazing, so let’s be happy about them for once.

I’m thankful David Glass has put up the money for the Royals to sign better draft picks and international free agents the last few years. It took a while, but he’s finally meeting the minimum requirements I have for an owner: make the payroll high enough to win, and stay out of the way.

I’m thankful Dayton Moore has filled the farm system with exciting prospects. I think we’re pretty close to seeing a couple of them finally break out, especially on the pitching staff (where the Royals are overdue to enjoy some success).

Ned Yost might drive me nuts with his love of bunting and some of his bullpen moves, but I’m thankful he’s seemingly provided a stable clubhouse environment for the younger players. I’m also thankful he and Moore ended the Jack Maloof experiment early last year, and eventually hired Pedro Grifol as the full-time hitting coach—I think Grifol is going to be very helpful.

I’m thankful we get to hear Denny Matthews describe the action in his understated way—I really enjoy it and I hope you do too. Same goes for Ryan Lefebvre, who has really grown on me as a broadcaster. And while he’s a bit goofy for my taste, I appreciate the enthusiasm Rex Hudler brings to the booth.

On the field, I’m thankful we get to watch Alex Gordon play left field. Really, this could be said about most of the Royals on defense—we haven’t seen a Royals team be this solid on defense in a long time. I’m thankful we got to see Lorenzo Cain make that home-run saving catch in Minnesota this year. I’m thankful we get to watch Jarrod Dyson run.

Let’s see…other things to be thankful for: Alcides Escobar going to his left, Mike Moustakas charging a bunt, and Eric Hosmer making the scoop at first (well, when it works). And I can’t forget Salvador Perez gunning down baserunners left and right.

For that matter, I have to give thanks for Salvy’s bat, too. And Hosmer’s. And of course, the Royals’ best pure hitter, Billy Butler. Seriously, if your “down year” includes a .787 OPS, you must be doing something right the rest of the time.

I’m thankful for a great story like David Lough, who persevered in the minors for six seasons before getting a real shot, and then took advantage.

Then there’s the pitching staff. You’ve got to give thanks for a James Shields changeup, a Greg Holland slider, and a Kelvin Herrera fastball. And don’t forget Tim Collins’ curve. Really, you have to be thankful for a bullpen full of talented arms, so talented that a very good pitcher like Louis Coleman can’t stay in the majors.

Things certainly aren’t perfect in Royals-land. But let’s not forget, this year we watched a Royals team win more games than any Royals team since 1989. That’s something to savor, even as we wonder if and how they can improve enough to reach the playoffs next year. And if they can pull that off, then we’ll REALLY have a reason to give thanks.

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About The Author

Darin Watson

I grew up in Topeka, and learned to love the Royals over many summer nights listening to Denny and Fred. Of course, the Royals were much easier to love back then. They got their claws in me some 30 years ago, then they went to the playoffs in 1984 and won it all in 1985. And I thought to myself, “This is easy. This team is always going to be good!” Sigh. But what can I say? If I’ve made it this far, I suppose I will always be a fan. But whenever they get good again, I’ll be sure not to take it for granted. I promise. I’m also a fan of the Chiefs, Jayhawks (even the football team) and the Nashville Predators. By day, I’m a mild-mannered project manager for a publishing company, and every night I’m lucky to come home to my amazing wife Michelle. We’ve been married since 2005 and live in Overland Park. Fun fact, she grew up in Memphis watching many future Royals when Kansas City’s AA team was there. So it didn’t take much to make a Royals fan out of her. We don’t have kids, but we’ve got three cats (one named after Alex Gordon) and a dog. Follow me on Twitter! @Darin_Watson

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