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I grew up in Topeka, and learned to love the Royals over many summer nights listening to Denny and Fred. Of course, the Royals were much easier to love back then. They got their claws in me some 30 years ago, then they went to the playoffs in 1984 and won it all in 1985. And I thought to myself, “This is easy. This team is always going to be good!” Sigh. But what can I say? If I’ve made it this far, I suppose I will always be a fan. But whenever they get good again, I’ll be sure not to take it for granted. I promise. I’m also a fan of the Chiefs, Jayhawks (even the football team) and the Nashville Predators. By day, I’m a mild-mannered project manager for a publishing company, and every night I’m lucky to come home to my amazing wife Michelle. We’ve been married since 2005 and live in Overland Park. Fun fact, she grew up in Memphis watching many future Royals when Kansas City’s AA team was there. So it didn’t take much to make a Royals fan out of her. We don’t have kids, but we’ve got three cats (one named after Alex Gordon) and a dog. Follow me on Twitter! @Darin_Watson

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This Date In Royals History–July 23, 2011

2011: The Royals scored one run in the ninth to tie the game, then won it with a run in the bottom of the 10th, defeating Tampa Bay 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium. Facing Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth, Chris Getz walked with one out. Alcides Escobar grounded into a force out, but Alex Gordon slammed a double into right-center and Escobar sped around the bases with the tying run. Aaron Crow, who had pi ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1990 Royals

1990 Season Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $11.00 Field Box $10.00 Plaza Reserved $8.00 View Level Box 8.00 View Level Reserved $7.00 General Admission $4.00 Other items Gallon of gas $1.08 First class postage stamp $0.25 Median household income $14,777 To me, 1990 was the year the Royals franchise changed from one of MLB’s glamor teams to just another franchise. Some of the actions the Royals took ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 22, 1996

1996: Tim Belcher worked a complete game and Bip Roberts drove in the go-ahead run as the Royals defeated the Red Sox 5-2 at Fenway Park in Boston. Belcher earned his ninth win of the season by holding the Red Sox to six hits and one walk while striking out four. Boston’s runs came in the fourth, when John Valentin walked with one out ahead of Mo Vaughn’s home run to left-center, which gave the Red Sox a 2- ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 21, 1988

1988: The Royals scored one run in the eighth and three in the ninth for a thrilling 6-5 comeback win over the Yankees at Royals Stadium. Trailing 5-2 in the eighth, the Royals got a little closer when Kurt Stillwell homered off Yankees reliever Tim Stoddard with one out. The winning rally started with one out in the ninth, when Frank White singled. One out later, Bill Buckner doubled to score White. Reliev ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 20, 1971

1971: Dick Drago pitched a complete game five-hitter and the Royals rode a four-run outburst to a 7-1 win over the Orioles at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Drago earned his 11th win of the season by limiting Baltimore to five hits and five walks while striking out six. The only run he allowed came on an Elrod Hendricks home run leading off the fifth. The Royals grabbed an early lead, scoring one run in ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 19, 2005

Zack Greinke pitched a gem and the Royals’ offense backed him with a pair of two-run innings as Kansas City shut out the Indians 4-0 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Greinke tossed seven shutout innings, limiting the Indians to just four singles and a walk. He recorded four strikeouts as he picked up his third win of the season. After working around two one-out singles in the first inning, he retired 16 of the ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 18, 1999

1999: Tim Spehr’s three-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be the biggest blow of the game, as the Royals withstood a ninth-inning rally to take a 6-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. With the Royals holding a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Mike Sweeney laced a one-out double off Cubs starter Kevin Tapani. After a Jermaine Dye groundout, the Cubs intentionally walked Joe Randa to face Spehr, w ...

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Analyzing The Royals’ (And Other Contenders’) Schedules

If you want a reason for optimism concerning the Royals as the second half starts, here it is. Of the teams that are in the mix for the second wild-card spot right now, Kansas City has one of the easiest schedules (on paper, of course). The All-Star Break is a great time to compare remaining schedules, since we’ve got four days to look at the data. In addition to the actual records, I have added the Pythago ...

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Royals Are Between A Rock And A Hard Place

This will be tough to write. It pains me to write it, because a month ago in this space, I said that the Royals had “a great chance” to win the division. Since that piece was posted, even including the win that day, the Royals have gone 10-14. So for roughly 1/6 of the season, they’ve played like a 68-win team. Sorry about that, fellow fans. I thought the Royals had figured out some things, but I was appare ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 13, 1990

1990: Mike Macfarlane’s two-run single in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Royals on to a 5-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. With two outs in the sixth, Jim Eisenreich singled and stole second. Willie Wilson followed with a walk, and a wild pitch moved the runners up. Macfarlane followed with a line drive single into center off Red Sox starter Mike Boddicker. Both runners scored and th ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 12, 1969

1969: Jim Rooker earned his first major league win in style, pitching a complete-game shutout and holding the White Sox to three hits in a 7-0 trouncing at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Rooker had lost his first six decisions of the year and entered the game with an ERA of 6.94 (he would finish the season with a 3.75 mark), but he had no problems shutting down Chicago. He yielded just three singles and ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 11, 1985

1985: George Brett’s home run in the first inning was the only run of the game as Danny Jackson pitched magnificently, and the Royals took a 1-0 victory over the Indians at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Brett homered off Indians starter Vern Ruhle with two outs in the first. Ruhle pitched a complete game, holding the Royals to five hits and a walk while striking out four. Jackson also pitched a complete g ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 10, 1988

1988: Willie Wilson had four hits, and the Royals scored single runs in five different innings to outlast the Yankees 5-3 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wilson led off with a single, took second on a one-out walk by George Brett, stole third and scored on catcher Don Slaught’s throwing error. Kansas City scored again in the third, using three straight one-out sin ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 9, 1976

1976: Three fourth-inning singles gave the Royals the game’s only run in a pitchers’ duel between Dennis Leonard and Detroit’s Mark Fidrych, as Kansas City took a 1-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Both pitchers worked a complete game. Leonard picked up his ninth win of the season by limiting the Tigers to four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out eight. Fidrych allowed nine hits, but the Royals grounded ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 8, 1999

1999: The Royals took the lead in the top of the ninth, but a walk and an error wound up costing them the game in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Trailing 4-3 and facing White Sox reliever Keith Foulke in the ninth, the Royals rallied. Jed Hansen led off with a single. But Scott Pose popped up trying to bunt and Rey Sanchez struck out. Carlos Beltran rescued his team by homering to ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 7, 2011

2011: Ryan Raburn’s two-run home run was all the offense the Detroit Tigers needed for a 3-1 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Raburn’s bomb came with two outs in the second off Royals starter Danny Duffy. Miguel Cabrera had started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Duffy was one strike away from getting out of the inning but Raburn got the best of him. Duffy pitched well ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 6, 1997

1997: Usually a seven-run inning is a good sign. But not when you follow it up by allowing the other team to tie the score immediately. And then the Royals let the game slip away late in an 8-7 loss to Cleveland at Jacobs Field. Sure, it started out as a well-pitched game, with Indians starter Orel Hershiser and Royals starter Tim Belcher matching zeroes in the first two innings. But in the bottom of the th ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 5, 1987

1987: The Royals used a lucky break to tie the game in the eighth, then pushed the winning run across in the 10th for a 4-3 victory over Toronto at Royals Stadium. Down 3-2 in the eighth after the Blue Jays captured the lead in the seventh, the Royals needed a little luck. They got it. Thad Bosley, pinch-hitting for Buddy Biancalana, hit a grounder to first baseman Willie Upshaw, whose throw to pitcher Dave ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 2, 1980

1980: John Wathan’s one-out single in the 10th inning drove in the winning run—his third RBI of the game—as the Royals defeated the Twins 4-3 at Royals Stadium. Wathan’s hit scored Rusty Torres, who was running for Dave Chalk. Chalk led off the inning with a single and took second on Willie Wilson’s single. U.L. Washington laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Wathan singled to end the game. Minnesota t ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1978 Royals

1988 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $7.00 Field Box $6.00 Plaza Reserved $5.00 View Level Box $5.00 View Level Reserved $4.00 General Admission $1.50 Other items Gallon of gas $0.63 First class postage stamp $0.13 Median household income $15,064 The 1978 Royals are sort of the forgotten team from the trio of division championships the franchise captured in the last half of the decade. Th ...

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