With the passing of Split, it reminds me of the good old days of the Kansas City Royals.
Those days are long gone. Nearly a lifetime ago we mattered as a ball club. Now we only make ESPN news when our pitcher gives up a record 11 runs in one inning on the way to giving up 19 total runs.
Once again the Royals are much closer to last place – six games out – than first, 8 1/2 games out.
By June lst we’ll be in next to last in our division. To be honest, we stink again. Yes, the team is barely watchable. No pitcher that matters. Almost no hitting to speak of. And a couple young guys who have "potential" but are doing just above average like Hosmer, the next George Brett, batting .281. That’s decent, but not anything worthy of the national news.
Zip, zero, a no-show, nothing, nobody cares.
Our pitchers stink; Soria has a 5.12 ERA – not doing well at all. No starter that is KEEP worthy yet. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are back to normal with batting averages of .283 and .289. Big wow! No power hitters on the team. Oh yeah, Francouer has 9 homers on the way to a meaningless 25 or so.
This team will improve just a few games from last years stink ball club.
Don’t worry we are getting ready for, uh, what? Nothing.
The Royals will not buy any name player that matters – David Glass just won’t. Our young guys are just that, and nobody is proven, nobody. Wow, we might be .500 next year – call the New York Times. Let’s have a parade, we are closing in on average? Yep.
The long cold winter is here.
The fans are not buying in at all. Now that they have seen the kinda-new stadium, they are staying home. Even the St. Louis Cardinals series didn’t draw. That was always a sure thing. Nick Wright guessed well; over half the 2/3 filled stadium was made up of St. Louis fans. With attendance at 70,000 for three games vs. more than 100,000 last season, do the math. Had the St. Louis fans not showed, man, it would have been like 17,000 a game or less.
To be honest, I see nothing to indicate a title run in the next few years, nothing close.
It’s easy to be better when you were baseball’s worst team ever for years. Now we just stink.
And how great is this? By July, when we are 20 games out, we’ll have the Chiefs to wish for and think about.
Now, my God, there really could be no NFL season. Now what?
The long cold summer will continue. Guess we can watch MU Football. They might win 9 or 10 games. Then we can wait for KU basketball. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
But I’ve got news, the Chiefs don’t seem to be much better.
At the end of the season they were clearly a lost ball club. The last few games they stunk it up. They were handed the division. But Oakland was clearly the best team by seasons end.
Baltimore crushed us as did the Raiders in the last two games. Our quarterback, The Franchise is very much in doubt, we have no established top receiver, just one running back and a B- defense. That said the Chiefs might win 7 with the schedule they have now. It’s for real, they likely are not. Oh yeah, just wait for next year after this and after that.
As of this time we have nothing to hang our hat on with either team.
As I have written before, the promise of a GREAT YOUNG FARM SYSTEM with the Royals has been total bull crap for decades. To be really honest we have delivered almost nobody. Carlos Beltron and Johnny Damon were just solid players, not great. We so far have developed Zero pitchers that matter, yes I know Zack won the Cy Young, right.
If you fielded all of our best players of the last 10 years, we’d finish at best second in the division. At best.
Hey, I love the NFL, college ball, even post season NBA, which has good TV numbers now. Baseball is kinda in my rearview mirror. Don’t believe me? Ask people in your office who was in the World Series last year. Maybe one in 10 will know, if that.
Sorry to remind you all of crappy news. Hey the pools will be busy for about six weeks, then that’s over. Maybe Palm Springs or Miami is the answer. Go Royals, Go Chiefs. PLEASE. Help!