|
|
Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: KC deserves champagne

  • Kansas City is a great baseball town. The fans love their Royals and the history that's there with the Negro Leagues and minor league teams is just amazing.
    But for countless years, the Royals haven't had a winning season, the Royals haven't made the postseason; but the fans keep coming back, the fans still have hope.
    • email print
      Comment
  • There were end of the season celebrations in Kansas City in 2012.
    There was hootin' and hollerin', the champagne and beer was drunk, splashed and sprayed about.
    There was a Triple Crown Winner for the first time in 45 years.
    Players hugged, coaches embraced. It's quite the feeling to have when you battle all season long from the beginning of Spring Training just to get to this point, make it to the postseason and fight for a chance to win the World Series.
    Just one problem though.
    This was all happening in the visitor's clubhouse.
    Kansas City is a great baseball town. The fans love their Royals and the history that's there with the Negro Leagues and minor league teams is just amazing.
    But for countless years, the Royals haven't had a winning season, the Royals haven't made the postseason; but the fans keep coming back, the fans still have hope.
    You'd think that players would want to come into Kansas City given that support and history, but they don't. And the truth of it is team owner David Glass.
    I honestly don't think the guy really cares about the team or the franchise. He just sees it as another notch on his belt and something else to brag about. That's all rich people seem to do anyway, just brag and brag and brag.
    Although he'd actually have something to brag about if he'd make the investments, spend the money and do what it take to put together a winning team.
    He's got a great manager in Ned Yost, and his time as KC's skipper shouldn't be judged too harshly. He has the know-how and the strategies to win, that's what he did with the Milwaukee Brewers, they were always an aggressive team under Yost, only problem is right now he doesn't have healthy, experienced talent to win.
    And let's face it the guys playing in Kansas City aren't really that motivated to be playing there.
    Sure it's a great ballpark and they appreciate the fans, but they know what kind of investments the team has, they know if they've got the ability to push forward. They need a number of guys to push forward and blend in. They need to spend money, make trades and bring up seasoned minor leaguers to blend together and be a powerhouse of many varieties.
    But until there's a sign of care, a sign of growth, a sign that Kansas City can compete and is not just some other team in the AL Central teams face each summer, all fans can do is hope.

        calendar