In today’s Kansas City Star Sam Mellinger wrote what might be his best piece as a sports journalist…
The headline: GLIMPSES OF GLORY FOR SUFFERING FANS.
Like a couple of the comment folks, he made me feel kinda bad for going all negative on our All Star game. I WAS WRONG. The game and event did matter. The fans here were excited. It made us feel more important and brought smiles to a frustrated fan base that loves sports.
Mellinger was dead bang right.
Who am I to put down such a fantastic effort by our city and its people? Hey I am proud to be from Kansas City. Even nut job Harley’s comments hit home, I was being a SCROOGE.
Yes, 18th and Vine is not much, we all know that. However to see thousands of people line up on the Plaza for an ALL STAR PARADE midday on a weekday was awesome. The Plaza is second to none and the stadium looked fabulous on television. It really did.
Sam’s point was simple; WE LOVE OUR SPORTS TEAMS, GOOD OR BAD. WE LOVE OUR CITY.
We want people to appreciate our town and in many ways this event did just that.
Our fans do care. We did sell out all three events which some cities don’t. Who didn’t want an All Star ticket? It was nice to see families smiling at the stadium and we did get some great national press.
Sam pointed out how important the Royals were in the 80’s.
How he and his dad would turn around and watch the game even when they were not supposed to during a family meal. We all watched it. I did, anyway.
Maybe it’s because we love the Royals and Chiefs so damn much it hurts to see them be so bad for so long. They’ve been like that cheating girlfriend or wife. We just want them to come home and love us. Is that so bad?
I’m sorry now I was so down on this event and being a jerk.
Maybe I care too much and it gets me upset.
This All Star Game was a winner for this city and we are all better off for it being here.
Sam, you made me feel bad, great story.
Hey, maybe we’ll get another big event soon because this one was a such a winner.