The Royals Alex Gordon just signed his name to a contract that almost guarantees his post season failure…
For more than a decade the team’s only real star was Mike Sweeney. Yeah, we had Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran, but they didn’t stick around long.
Sweeney was an excellent hitter – in fact he has the second best season batting average at .340 since Brett’s .390. Mike banged that out in 2002 near the end of his Royals’ career.
Mike has many other Royals records, but the one he doesn’t have is a post season anything.
Not even one game as a Royal.
Even in Kansas City, Sweeney is pretty much forgotten. Why? Nothing he did ended up mattering in the long run.
With Mike playing for a bad organization most of his career, he’s forgotten in the baseball world. He did leave and end up in a playoff game as a pinch hitter for Philadelphia.
So now it’s a $37.5 million dollar contract and Alex Gordon’s turn. Five more years with the Royals, if he isn’t traded. So he’ll end his career for the most part, right here in KC. He’s 28 years old, so he won’t have much left after 2016 or 17.
That after one of baseball’s worst starts, and the worst record in the American League with an 8 game losing streak. It’s likely the current Royals are going nowhere anytime soon, if ever. Now it’s, "Boy, in 2014 we’ll show’em."
Really? You mean like we haven’t for the past three decades?
KC’s had the worst franchise in sports since 1985. Good luck Alex.
The Chiefs are not much better.
Tony Gonzalez, a much more talented player than Sweeney, pretty much wasted his career in KC.
Gonzalez had not ONE meaningful win. Not ONE.
There was no Tony game. I know, I know, first round Hall Of Fame. Tony has the most touchdowns and receptions for a tight end. I know, Hall of Fame Tony!
However, the truth is he never helped win a big one.
In some ways that’s on Tony. He had his shot right here at Arrowhead in the ’99 playoff game with Denver. The winner likely would go to Super Bowl and be favored to win. Tony did have one touchdown in the game. However with the Chiefs driving late and Elvis Grbac hitting Tony in the Denver Red Zone, well that was it!
Elvis tried to do the Tony Drive to win it, but never happened.
To be blunt if you are GREAT, you have to make it happen.
The Broncos boxed Gonzalez on all three throws. He went nowhere, couldn’t break one, couldn’t get open enough. We lose, Denver gets the Super Bowl. So yeah, Tony has had his shots. I always thought he got tons of catches because we had no receivers, not because he is the all time best tight end. That I don’t buy. He is outstanding, but not the greatest….sorry.
Hey, I like the guy, but you have to win a big one, or at least ONE playoff game. Tony hasn’t helped do that even in Atlanta and this is his end game, this is his last season.
Can’t argue with a Hall of Famer I guess.
So is Gordon the next Sweeney/Gonzalez?
Well, first he has to prove he is a very good ballplayer. Time will tell. So far, so good but not great.
Did I forget Eric Hosmer? No, he will leave as soon as he can. AS SOON AS HE CAN.
This organization has developed only Danny Duffey, as far as a pitcher – that is if he even works out.
The Zack attack left as soon as he could, AS SOON AS HE COULD.