Of course the Kansas City Royals are still very popular…
However life goes on, and after two years of edge-of-your-seat baseball with back-to-back World Series appearances, the Kansas City area is overdue for a return to normalcy. A resumption of day-to-day life, minus the nightly quest to plop down in front of a television screen and burn three hours of prime time couch-potatoing the summer away.
Which is good news for area businesses not centered on package liquor, pizza and hot wings-to-go sales.
Put another way, the current Royals losing streak is a shot in the arm for the local economy and most businesses.
I know, some sports and baseball zealots will consider those words treasonous.
Hey, but it’s true.
Turning the Greater KC metro into a gigantic, empty ghost town night after night during the prime summer season is not a good thing. And human nature being what it is, two years straight of obsessing on a single entertainment option is more than enough.
It’s high time, locals resume other outside interests, because bunkering in front of a giant screen for six months during prime outdoor activity weather is just too one dimensional.
So while the early April television ratings were actually up at the season’s start, a combination of the novelty wearing thin and the team’s relatively poor play seems to be taking a toll.
Don’t get me wrong.
It’s nice to not be the butt of bad baseball jokes like the Royals of old, but the betting money (and economic reality for a media market the size of KC) dictates that Eric Hosmer is probably little more than a season or two away of becoming the next Johnny Damon. Of escaping the gravitational pull of the Midwest for the far greener financial pastures of larger markets like New York.
Imagine what this year’s Royals record might be if Ben Zobrist hadn’t followed to money out of town to the MLB best team, the Chicago Cubs.
So enjoy what’s left of KC’s baseball honeymoon cause Zobrist won’t be the last to bail.
The days of gleeful, young Royals players buying rounds of drinks for the public in the Power & White District are in the rearview mirror.
Because it’s follow-the-money time, and they’re out eyeing out-of-town real estate, BMWs, Rolexes and the like. Our boys of summer are growing up and they want nicer toys.