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“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” ~Eckhart Tolle There is a website you can buy a Chicago Cubs themed coffin. In it is lined with velvet fabric and padded with thick, rich pillows to make your final resting place one of peace and serenity. All the while, you will be staring at a Chicago Cubs logo. These coffins are, apparently, ho ...

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Kansas City Royals: 2014 “The Phantom Menace”

If you are over 20 years old, you grew up with Star Wars.  You saw Episode IV "A New Hope", Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back" and Episode VI "Return of the Jedi" and wondered why in the hell the story didn't start with Episode I.  Why couldn't we see what Darth Vader was like when he was Anakin Skywalker?  Was he a whiny little bitch like Luke?  Could he make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?  Was L ...

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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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So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

The Royals have made it to the All-Star break with a 48-46 record, six and a half games back of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. While it is easy to criticize several areas of this organization and team, the Royals are still very much in play of a wild card spot, trailing Seattle by two and a half. Kansas City survived the torrid opening to the season by the Tigers, actually held a division lead after ...

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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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Scoring Glass

Before I start this article I would like it to be known that in the past I’ve been very critical of Mr. Glass. I supported the No More Glass campaign by donating money towards it and even interviewing the founder on our podcast. It wasn’t so much the payroll that I disagreed with as the overall running of the organization from their lack of advanced thinking, to the early years and the lack of a Latin influ ...

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Is Dayton Moore a good General Manager for the Kansas City Royals?

If you ask any Royals fan what they think of GM Dayton Moore, you'll likely get as many answers as there are stars in the sky.  Critics will tell you he's only had one winning season at the MLB level, supporters will tell you he's saved the organization.  Hired in 2006, it is his 9th year on the job.  Since the answers will vary depending upon whom is asked, let's break it down and see if we can figure it o ...

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Mid-Season Report Card on Everything BUT the Royals

The best part of the All-Star Break is the time-honored and not in any way tired and lazy tradition of journalists, barbers, radio hosts, homeless people and even Schlitterbahn workers handing out their much anticipated mid-season grades on their favorite baseball teams and players. Ignore for a moment that these grade-givers are completely unqualified to assess the positive or negative features of a player ...

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Mixed Bag 7/11

Sorry the mixed bag has been on hiatus following a busy draft period and the CWS which always leads me to plenty of work in one of my businesses. I'll be back at it the rest of the season. Nice and Slow - The Royals added some high ceiling pitching talents but they are being extremely conservative with their workload this season. In the past they have tossed Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy and others 30-40+ in ...

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Second Go-Around For Ibanez Needs More Production

After last night’s contest, the tone of this had to be changed completely. A clutch 3-run homer from All-Star catcher Salvador Perez gave the Royals a lead in the ninth inning, and eventually preserving a winning road trip. One of the big stories earlier in the week was how much newly-acquired outfielder Raul Ibanez would play. If the Tampa Bay series gave any indication, it was that Ned Yost (and/or Dayton ...

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11 Things That Kansas City Royals Fans Should Hate

It is the time of year when people start talking about All-Star snubs and which Royals players should/shouldn't make it.  Having 3 players on the roster is enough for a team in one of the smallest markets in baseball which hasn't made the postseason in 29 years.  If you want to see more Royals in the mid-summer classic, you're going to have to wait until they're playing the ALCS. Instead, let's talk about t ...

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Royals Investment On Escobar Paying Dividends

The first ever column I wrote for Pine Tar Press, I addressed the Royals shortstop position. Would you rather take the best years of Yuniesky Betancourt, Angel Berroa or Alcides Escobar. You could say I’m rather idiotic for even bringing up that question again, and you would be correct. Because after seeing just how well Escobar has played this first half of 2014, you would have to be blind to not admit Esc ...

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Trading Shields? Just Pack Your Bags, Dayton

As we approach the midseason point, speculation grows on what approach the Royals will take to the trading deadline. Buyers or sellers? Which players will they shop? Could it be a big name? There are several reasons why Dayton Moore will not trade James Shields this season. The team is only a few games behind Detroit for the lead in the AL Central. The Royals trail the second wild card spot by a couple game ...

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Maintain, Royals fans. Maintain.

"I've suffered through the years, and shed so many tears."  -Shed So Many Tears, Tupac Shakur (Me Against the World) RECAP: The Kansas City Royals won 10 games in a row and vaulted themselves into first place.  Kansas City celebrated and Royals fans reveled in the team being in 1st place this late in the season for the first time in over 10 years.  The Tigers were leaking oil and the Royals' streak came ...

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The 1985 World Series Parade

An eight game winning streak is certainly enough for even the most calloused fan to begin to dream.  The "it's still early" is turning into "if we can keep this going" and "if this holds up." As has been written and blogged and reported and podcasted, this is the "all in year." The chips are pushed to the center and so far, for the past week at least, it seems that there might be some reason to believe. As ...

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The Kansas City Royals now belong to Salvador Perez

In early May, the Kansas City Royals were reeling when they set out on a West Coast roadtrip.  They had just finished a disappointing (but not disastrous) month of April and in the first series of May they got absolutely destroyed by the Tigers.  You remember that series, right?   The Tigers pounded the Royals pitchers like they were Jenna Jameson, scoring 8, 9, and 9 runs in their three game sweep at ...

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Cy Vargas: The New Ervin Santana

The final pitching line didn’t look impressive. The starter had been credited with three runs over 7.2 innings. He had allowed six hits and hit three batters. A quality start, but nothing really stood out until you took a step back and analyzed how dominant he was. That one start is a microcosm of Jason Vargas in 2014. Walking out of Kauffman Stadium Tuesday evening, all I could think of was how Hosmer, G ...

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Haters Gonna Hate: Billy Butler Edition

When I was a kid, I moved to KC in the winter of 1982.  I didn't know a damned thing about the Kansas City Royals.  As a very young child from western Ohio who had lived in several places in my short life at that time, the only thing I knew was the Cincinnati Reds.  On my first day of school I met our principal-who was a HUGE Royals fan.  She asked me if I liked baseball and I excitedly said "YES!"  Th ...

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Perfection… And Then Some

In professional sports, there is the idea of a coaching tree. Some of the more prominent ones include the Dean Smith coaching tree which spawned Larry Brown, Greg Popovich and George Karl.  In the NFL, the Bill Parcells coaching tree begat Patriots coach Bill Belichick. But one “tree” may have a larger effect on both the game of baseball and football that is the Groundskeeping tree of George Toma. For ...

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#AskTFN #3 – Jeets, Best Mailbag in STL and Moose Shirts

Hey there, hi there, ho there – It’s another edition of the wildly popular* #AskTFN. (Wildly popular has a ton of different meanings.) Another crazy week in Royal-dom (or Royal-dum, depending on your interpretations) so let’s get to it! @TheFakeNed Why can't my sports teams have nice things? Is it because of what I did to that one vagrant in college? I APOLOGIZED! #AskTFN — Ivan Bouldershoulder (@Th ...

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