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Darin Watson

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), Sporting KC, 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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    jim fetterolf

    Good piece.

    A couple of thoughts: I don’t expect Detroit to waltz away with the division this year simply because the Sox will be good again, Cleveland is improved, and the Royals, health permitting, are much improved over last year; and I do agree with you on SP trades, realistically there are four candidates for the #5 slot counting Will Smith, five if Yordano Ventura is included, so some bodies will move. Bob Dutton mentioned the number of scouts at yesterday’s game to watch Chen working down and efficiently and Hoch throwing 94-95mph with tight curve and good change. Some GM thinks his pitching coach can “fix” Hoch and harness the stuff, another would like a crafty leftie who is also a good mentor. Colorado might look at Mendoza and his ground ball rate and think that would work at Coors.

    Funny thing about our #5 battle, the five of them together would have been a better rotation than what we had last year after Duffy and Paulino went down. I think that’s a positive.

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