State of the Royals
This weekâ€™s state of the Royals?Â You tell me.Â In the last week, Iâ€™ve seen reactions from both ends of the spectrum.Â Iâ€™ve seen people clinging to playoff hopes, and Iâ€™ve seen cries for terminating Dayton Moore and/or Ned Yost.Â Of course, as always, the pleas for David Glass to sell the team could be heard as well.
Angry reactions are to be expected when you have a seven-game losing streak, which includesÂ a series sweep at the hands of the lowly Chicago White Sox.Â Really, that streak would have been extended had a much more talented Washington Nationals team not fallen asleep in the 8th inning this past Sunday.Â TheÂ Royals thenÂ went on to smoke the Tampa Rays 11-1 in a makeup game on Monday, and take the first game of the Twins series last night.Â So, who knows what the hell is going on?Â A cluster of our bats are getting hot, and Ned’s not putting together awful lineups.Â Enjoy it while it lasts.
This week is different.Â This week, Iâ€™m not going to suggest where your anxiety level should be.Â To me, the Royals are right about where I expected them to be as far as their record is concerned.Â To some, thatâ€™s good enough.Â To others, itâ€™s playoffs or bust.Â Thereâ€™s even a sect of people who expected the Royals to be about where they are now, and now that the Royals are, those people have altered their expectations.Â I donâ€™t quite understand that, but whatever.
This week Iâ€™m saying goodbye.Â Iâ€™m hanging up my keyboard, and bowing out of the blogging game.Â I know there will literally be ones of people disappointed in this decision.Â For that, Iâ€™m sorry.
Why now?Â The only answer I can give is that Iâ€™m honestly worn down by the negativity that surrounds this team.Â Itâ€™s everywhere you lookâ€”the media, social networking, fellow Royals bloggers, fans, etc.Â I also see it in myself, at times.Â You know who is to blame for this?Â Those damn Kansas City Royals.Â Where Iâ€™ve become most familiar with this negativity is Twitter.Â Now before some of you blow a gasket, donâ€™t interpret that as knocks on those of you I interact with on Twitter.Â When I say I donâ€™t blame you, and that I blame the Royals for your negativity, I couldnâ€™t be more sincere.
Letâ€™s try to put some things in perspective.Â The Royals have had at least 90 losses in 11 of the last 14 years.Â They havenâ€™t had any sustained success since the Ronald Reagan administration gave way to the George H. W. Bush administration (1987-1989).Â Let that sink in for a minute, as that was the last time the Royals strung together back to back winning seasons.Â In the last 20 years, the Royals have had TWO winning seasons, and those were spread 10 years apart (1993 and 2003).Â Then thereâ€™s the obvious factoid that the Royals havenâ€™t sniffed the postseason since 1985.
I wonâ€™t bore you with the details of that beautiful year, as the only thing I remember about it was the Royals winning the World Series.Â I was six years old at the time.Â George Brett was my idol, just as he was for every other kid in the Kansas City area.Â I remember in my little league baseball days, it was damn near impossible to snag the #5 jersey.Â The coachâ€™s kid usually got dibs on that, or God forbid we go by alphabetical order because as a York, I wasnâ€™t exactly getting a premium choice.
Aside from having the superstar in Brett, the Royals had an owner in Ewing Kauffman that EVERYONE loved.Â He was local.Â He was charitable. He was competitive.Â He wanted to win. He was all class.Â Their manager, Dick Howser, could be described in much the same way.
When I think about itÂ now, I think how much of a luxury it was to be a six year old that was madly in love with one thingâ€”the Kansas City RoyalsÂ (Ok, two things, because Daisy Duke was the apple of my eye back then as well).Â I had three responsibilities at that age: a) Brush my teeth, b) Donâ€™t pee or poop my pants, c) Clean my room (or politely ask my mother for assistance in cleaning my room).Â And Iâ€™ll be honest, many times those responsibilities took a backseat to whatever the Royals were doing that summer.Â That was the beauty of it.Â I didnâ€™t have a care or true responsibility in the world other than what the Kansas City Royals were doing.Â How lucky was I?
Thatâ€™s it, guys.Â Thatâ€™s why I think the intense, and overwhelming, amount of negativity that surrounds this team has finally worn on me.Â I got in on the tail end of the Royals glory years, and many of you didnâ€™t.Â If you happen to be younger than me, or perhaps just werenâ€™t into baseball as a young child, you havenâ€™t seen anythingâ€”EVER.Â There are people who have been raised, graduated high school, graduated college, and began careers that have never seen anything special from their hometown Royals team.Â Hell yes, you should be angry.Â I get it.Â Seriously, shame on you, Royals, for allowing this to happen.
The #Royals community has been an endless source of information and entertainment for me over the last couple seasons. Â Youâ€™re a unique bunch.Â Kind of high-school clique-ish at times, but Iâ€™m actually glad to see not all Royals fans are at each otherâ€™s throat.
For those that have no clue what Iâ€™m talking about (So, Mom and Dad, Iâ€™m talking to you.Â Who am I kidding?Â If Dad found Twitter, Earth would spin out of its orbit and crash into the sun.), #Royals is how we label the thoughts/opinions/information/articles/news we share on Twitter so it is easily identifiable.Â That is until those damn Brits decide to have a â€śRoyalâ€ť baby and pollute our precious hashtag with baby updates.
Seriously, could they not come up with a nerdier name than blog?Â Anyway, contrary to popular belief, I pretty sure most of our Royals blogging community does not reside in the basement of their motherâ€™s residence.Â In all seriousness, I think Royals fans are pretty lucky in that there are so many Royals bloggers out there.Â Those people really kind of pick up the slack in the era of dying newspapers.Â Like most everything else in life, quality over quantity is desired, and the Royals blogging community doesnâ€™t really disappoint in that regard.Â For the most part, that community boasts a great deal of baseball intellect, and a great understanding and interpretation of baseball statistics.Â Iâ€™m not going to name anyone specifically, but Iâ€™ve enjoyed reading many of our various Royals bloggers.
I want to thank Greg Schaum for giving me a place to blog for the last couple Royals seasons.Â Greg doesnâ€™t know me, and has never met me, so I thought it was pretty cool of him to let me contribute to his site.Â I really enjoyed it.
More importantly, thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to read one of my articles.Â I know I donâ€™t have the biggest reader following, but to think ANYONE would care enough to read what I had to say about the Royals is very flattering.
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