U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

Pretty much every Royals fan can recount the team’s playoff appearances, right? There’s the three straight division titles-1976, 1977, and 1978. The World Series appearance in 1980 ...

Eclipsing The Hype

Eclipsing The Hype

Life never lives up to the hype. The rollercoaster is never worth the 90 minute wait in line. The new phone that was supposed to change your life is only moderately good, doesn’t m ...

The Craziest Royalcoaster Ride Yet

The Craziest Royalcoaster Ride Yet

When I left for Kauffman Stadium to attend the Royals first playoff game in 29 years, I knew I was in for something special. I didn't know what would happen, but I was going to be ...

This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

1985: The Royals began a crucial series against the Angels with a 3-1 victory at Royals Stadium, as Bret Saberhagen pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead Kansas City into a f ...

Playoff Money Matchup: James Shields vs Josh Reddick

Playoff Money Matchup: James Shields vs Josh Reddick

In a one game situation one matchup in a game can make a world of difference between winning and losing, with a pitcher on the mound like Jon Lester going against the Royals it cou ...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

The first thing I noticed was a lot of blue. Powder blue, royal blue. A lot of blue. Jerseys, caps, shirts. Kansas City had turned out for their team and a large group had shown up ...

#Yosted

#Yosted

If you know anything about Major League Baseball, you know that the Kansas City Royals fan base is one of the most tortured over the course of the past 30 years.  There is no need ...

10,565 Days

10,565 Days

It has been 10,565 days. Tonight, I will step foot in Kauffman Stadium for the first time in 10,565 days to witness my next Royals Playoff game. I remember my last one. October 27, ...

Pine Tar Podcast Playoff Preview Podcast

Pine Tar Podcast Playoff Preview Podcast

David and Clint discuss the match up between the Royals and A's in their one game Wildcard playoff. Also David talks about the excitement of Friday night and the Royals clinching t ...

Wild Card Game Preview: Royals vs. Oakland Athletics, September 30

Wild Card Game Preview: Royals vs. Oakland Athletics, September 30

Where were you the last time the Kansas City Royals played a playoff game? The answers will vary from person to person. The answer for many is that they didn't yet exist. The answe ...

Take Our MLB Playoff Challenge!

Take Our MLB Playoff Challenge!

We've set up a challenge for the MLB playoffs that's just for bragging rights, but it'll be fun! We'll do this for every round of the playoffs, so stay tuned. ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

Pretty much every Royals fan can recount the team’s playoff appearances, right? There’s the three straight division titles-1976, 1977, and 1978. The World Series appearance in 1980. The little gap before the 1984 division title. And of course the World Series title in 1985. Oh yeah, and 2014. Oh, almost forgot, the 1981 Division Series. Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. The 1981 Royals posted a losing record for ...

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Eclipsing The Hype

Life never lives up to the hype. The rollercoaster is never worth the 90 minute wait in line. The new phone that was supposed to change your life is only moderately good, doesn’t make phone calls and the battery isn’t long enough. That new “Selfie” show with the MILF guy and Amy Pond is a disaster.  The hype sets an unachievable bar every time. Well…that was until Tuesday night. From an early age, I learned ...

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The Craziest Royalcoaster Ride Yet

When I left for Kauffman Stadium to attend the Royals first playoff game in 29 years, I knew I was in for something special. I didn't know what would happen, but I was going to be able to say that I was there. I knew that if the Royals won that game, there would be far more than 40,000 or so who would say they were there, but that's fine because I knew I actually would be there. When I walked into the stadi ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

1985: The Royals began a crucial series against the Angels with a 3-1 victory at Royals Stadium, as Bret Saberhagen pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead Kansas City into a first-place tie. Saberhagen won his 20th game of the season by striking out 10 Angels. He limited them to four singles and a Doug DeCinces home run, which came in the second inning and gave California a 1-0 lead. The Royals tied th ...

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Playoff Money Matchup: James Shields vs Josh Reddick

In a one game situation one matchup in a game can make a world of difference between winning and losing, with a pitcher on the mound like Jon Lester going against the Royals it could be even bigger than normal. For Big Game James and the Royals one A's hitter has done much more against him than any other, making this matchup as big if not bigger than any other. Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS ...

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

The first thing I noticed was a lot of blue. Powder blue, royal blue. A lot of blue. Jerseys, caps, shirts. Kansas City had turned out for their team and a large group had shown up to watch at Kelly's Westport Inn. Every TV was showing the FSKC pregame show except for one, which was tuned to the Twins/Tigers game. A small group was around that TV watching before the Royals game got started. At this point, t ...

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#Yosted

If you know anything about Major League Baseball, you know that the Kansas City Royals fan base is one of the most tortured over the course of the past 30 years.  There is no need to re-hash the darkest days of the franchise between 1995-2006.  During that time period, the Royals could do no right.  It was almost like they were TRYING to run their fans away.  Permanently.  Despite this, I've always remained ...

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10,565 Days

It has been 10,565 days. Tonight, I will step foot in Kauffman Stadium for the first time in 10,565 days to witness my next Royals Playoff game. I remember my last one. October 27, 1985. I was 13 years old. Game 7 of the I-70 Series. My cousin Ron and I heard from my parents about the excitement of Game 6. They got seats in the upper deck when Denkinger happened and Iorg happened and Sundberg happened. He a ...

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Pine Tar Podcast Playoff Preview Podcast

David and Clint discuss the match up between the Royals and A's in their one game Wildcard playoff. Also David talks about the excitement of Friday night and the Royals clinching their first playoff appearance since 1985. Intro includes Rany, Soren Petro and Jeffrey Flanagan. Download the Show via Stitcher, Soundcloud and the Soundcloud Phone App ...

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Wild Card Game Preview: Royals vs. Oakland Athletics, September 30

Where were you the last time the Kansas City Royals played a playoff game? The answers will vary from person to person. The answer for many is that they didn't yet exist. The answer to that question changes after this one as the Royals will face the Oakland Athletics for one game and one game only. The winner of this game advances to the American League Division Series and the loser advances to the off-seas ...

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I Was Wrong

I said Ned Yost would never be the manager of a playoff team. I said Dayton Moore would never build a playoff team. I said the James Shields trade was understandable, but it was silly because he didn't make the team good enough to make the playoffs. I said this particular Royals team was done about 14 different times. I said Danny Duffy was probably better suited as a reliever. I said Lorenzo Cain couldn't ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Royals Toby Cook

Toby Cook, Kansas City Royals VP of Community Affairs & Publicity joined the show Sunday to breakdown the events that will be taking place this week. Including tomorrow’s Take The Crown Rally and procedures for Tuesday and possible ticket availability. Follow me @ClintScoles ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 28, 2010

2010: The Royals scored early and often, cruising to a 10-1 win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City scored three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth, all off Twins starter Nick Blackburn. In the first inning, Jarrod Dyson led off with a walk, followed by a Mike Aviles single. With one out, the Royals pulled off a double steal. Kila Ka’aihue launched ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 27, 1974

1974: The Royals scored one run in the bottom of the 11th to tie the score, and then won the game with one run in the 12th, collecting a 5-4 win over Texas at Royals Stadium. The Rangers scored three runs in the second, and the Royals tied it with three runs in the third. After that, the teams remained deadlocked until the 11th. Royals starter Al Fitzmorris, who pitched all 12 innings, allowed a leadoff wal ...

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Playoffs? Playoffs? Playoffs!

I hope you’ll indulge me on this one. We all have our stories like this. I just felt it important to write it down now while it’s all fresh—how it felt, what it was like, what I was thinking, what it meant (or what I thought it meant). Perhaps that’s what happens when your favorite team goes three decades between playoff appearances. The fear develops—and it seems perfectly reasonable—that this might not ha ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 26, 1979

1979: Dennis Leonard pitched a shutout, while Frank White’s hit for the cycle to lead the Royals to a 4-0 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Leonard held California scoreless on just five hits—all singles—and a walk. He struck out eight and did not allow a runner to reach third base. White staked the Royals to a two-run lead in the third inning. Willie Wilson started the inning with a single off Angels ...

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Friday Notes

Here we are on the last Friday of the regular season and the Kansas City Royals are just one win away from making the playoffs for the first time since 1985. I've considered writing this post in a different way than usual. My thought was to just use a big smiley face and be done with it, but I decided that I was feeling too many feels not to write here and talk a little bit about the playoffs. This might be ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 25, 1987

1987: The Royals belted three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, leading to a 6-4 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Kansas City came to bat in the fifth trailing 4-1, but quickly turned the game around with the outburst. Facing Twins starter Les Straker, Jamie Quirk led off the inning with a home run. Bill Pecota followed with a single and stolen base, and one out later, scored on a ...

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