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Leftridge: Royals Look Like Royals After 15 Games

So the Royals are above .500 again, and all of the nut-jobs that were predicting a World Series victory (or at the very least, a WS appearance) are back from the ledge… This is good, as I hate to see … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Bring on the Baseball

It’s finally upon us. The start of baseball’s glorious regular season is so close that if it were an umpire, Roberto Alomar would have no problem hitting it with a disease-riddled loogie. (Timely reference, to be sure.) But all phlegming … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Rotation Figures to be a Mixed Bag

To the surprise of nobody—and to the consternation, perhaps, of only those who dislike things that are totally awesome—fire-balling phenom Yordano Ventura has officially been named as the final starter in the 2014 Kansas City Royals rotation. Call it the … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Surprise Report (Surprise, I’m Not There)

Once upon a time, John Lamb was the future of the Royals. He threw a vicious fastball with movement, and he did it with his left hand. Baseball America said he was the 18th best prospect in 2011. Shortly after … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Goodbye Garth, Hello Better Tomorrow

There are two infallible truths in baseball: superstition and tradition… They’re both unavoidable, even if the first isn’t always as widely visible. What I mean is that we didn’t see Wade Boggs scarf down chicken before each and every game. … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Pitchers and Catchers Report, Royals Poised for Perfect Season

I went to see a band called Neutral Milk Hotel on Thursday night, and it was outstanding… For the uninitiated—and trying to keep this as brief as possible—NMH was a band founded by probably-sometimes-crazy front man Jeff Mangum in Athens, … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals Offseason Moves A-Ok (Like the New Outfielder Aoki– Get it?)

Well, the Chiefs have locked up a playoff spot for official, and they’ve got an important game this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts (who likely figure to be KC’s first round opponent, too), but I’m sure another writer will post … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Will the Royals Land Beltran, and Should They?

When a friend with inside knowledge told me on Tuesday (before it was being reported elsewhere) that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran was visiting Kauffman Stadium and being wooed like a five star recruit—replete with the highlight real on the … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals Offseason Chugs Along; My Predictions

The 2003-2004 offseason was an important one for the Kansas City Royals. Riding high on their first winning record since 1994 and picked by many to be an ’04 favorite to win the division, they did what any self-respecting organization … Continue reading

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Leftridge: A Look Back at My 2013 Royals Predictions

Travel with me back in time. Say, oh, six months or so. The government was still doing governmental things. It was a snowy spring, brutish and cold. Our grandmothers hadn’t yet been subjected to the horrors of twerking. It was … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Playoff Hopes Disappear, But That Doesn’t Mean Season Was a Bust

Most of us were asleep when the Royals postseason hopes were finally dashed against the rocks. It was late—late for a lot of 9-5’ers, anyway—when the mostly hapless Seattle Mariners finished drubbing KC for a second straight shutout. Coupled with … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Holy Fu**ing Sh*t, Royals Still in Playoff Hunt

I remember bits and pieces about being four years old, odd things that make me question just what kind of bizarre childhood I truly had. I remember that I had two Hot Wheels that I unimaginatively named “Refrigerator” and “High … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Season Sunk, Took Longer Than Usual

Well, that’s your ballgame, folks. Though it comes as no surprise—we didn’t REALLY think the Royals would contend this year, did we?—it is a bit more melancholy than years past. That’s because, unlike the past 20 years of futility, those … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Most Important Series of Royals’ Season Started…Last Night

 Editor’s note: This post was written last night but went unpublished owing to a communication miscue. This is it. This is everything. No series this season has been more fraught with tangible implications than the upcoming five game show-down with … Continue reading

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Leftridge: The One Where I Equate Enjoying the KC Royals to Sex with a Unicorn

Since Justin Maxwell was acquired at the trade deadline, he’s done nothing but hit home runs. (Well, two of them.) That still doesn’t mean I think giving up pitching prospect Kyle Smith was the right move. I begged and pleaded … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Hey Dayton, Nice Trade Deadline

Well, THAT was unexpected. Except, well, maybe it wasn’t. Because if Royals fans have grown accustomed to any one thing during general manager Dayton Moore’s tenure, it’s that nothing is as it seems. He’s a master illusionist of sorts, except … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Trade Deadline Looms; Will Dayton Moore Do the Right Thing?

Dayton Moore is in the middle of the singularly biggest week of his professional life. Forget about the James Shields acquisition—that was a decision that likely took months of planning and strategizing. (And has also revealed itself to be a … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals Midyear Awards, Because Why Not?

So the All Star Game is in the books—a delightfully pointless affair that serves only to illuminate the pageantry in professional sports—and we’re left with nothing but the memories. Neil Diamond warbling his way through a cacophony of boos that … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ June Recap

Sometimes, when you hope and dream about something long enough, it can come true. A mysterious boil on your privates retracts, allowing you to sleep a little easier. The utility company made a mistake and they owe YOU some money … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals Resume Winning Ways, Despite Ned Yost’s Continual Efforts to Ruin Them

Imagine a carpenter. He’s working on a new home with a crew of other guys, but it’s not going so hot. He’s been on this job for months now—much longer than anyone ever anticipated—and mostly, he’s getting nothing done. Part … Continue reading

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