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Morning Coffee: I Just Want the Royals to Win

Morning Coffee: I Just Want the Royals to Win

Above all else, I’m a fan. And just like most fans, I want my favorite team to win. I want them to win every single game of every single season even though I know that’s not realistic, but that’s what being a fan is about. You all probably already know that fan is short for fanatic, and that is what I am to the Royals. Not only am I ultimately just a fan, but I’m kind of an idiot fan in that even if I know losing will help their draft stock, I still want them to win. In my heart, 75-87 and finishing in third place is better than 64-98 and finishing in last place. In my head, I know that’s crazy, but I just can’t get myself to root for a Royals loss.

I’m pretty sure I’ve told the story before, but with Spring Training here in a few weeks, it’s always fun to look back on what caused me to be obsessed for six months eight months the whole year. I was pretty much born into my love of baseball as both of my parents are and were insane fans of baseball and especially the Royals. When I was little, I’d hear tales of the teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I was born in 1985, but sadly as a nine month old, I don’t remember anything about that season. I know that’s surprising, but it’s true. As I got a little bit older, my favorite player was Danny Tartabull. As a small child, I just didn’t know what a big deal George Brett was.

Of course, that was toward the end of George’s career and as I got older, I began to learn more and more about Royals history and what a rich history it was. In the mid-1990s, being a decade removed from the playoffs and the World Series just didn’t seem like that big of a deal, but of course time passed and now we’re heading into the 28th season since the World Series team and at times it just feels like the Royals may never win again.

Somewhere in between me really figuring out baseball and today, I started to really love statistics. I’ve always been good at math, so I was interested in statistics in school and that transferred onto the baseball field. I was the kid who would work a walk in a little league game and as I was jogging to first would calculate my new on base percentage. My baseball career ended later than many, but far earlier than I had hoped, but my love of the game and my love of statistics has never really waned. I think one of the downsides of being a guy who loves statistics the way I do and being a fan of the team I am is that those advanced stats don’t look kindly on bad teams. The team is bad for a reason and the stats tell the story of it. Bad teams have bad players. Bad players are bad for a reason as well and so just by looking at the statistics, it’s easy to say that I’m a pessimist because the numbers don’t look kindly on the Royals.

A lot of times, that’s where I’m coming from. I don’t look at the Shields trade as a negative simply because I value prospects too much. I look at it as a deal I didn’t love because everything I see shows me that the trade will not get the Royals to the promised land in the next two years. Clint and I talked about this on this week’s podcast, and 82 or 83 wins simply isn’t enough. I’d absolutely enjoy every single one of those wins, and as Clint pointed out, that’s more happy days than sad days and I’ll take it. Still, I want the Royals to win the whole —-ing thing as they said in Major League. Personally, I felt that there were other ways to improve the roster more than making the particular moves they did.

But here’s the beauty of it all and something that I feel like a lot of people may not necessarily see because they don’t know me. No, I don’t like the fact that Jeff Francoeur is the starting right fielder. And no, I’m not crazy about the fact that they gave Jeremy Guthrie a third season. And no, I don’t think the Royals win more than somewhere around 83 or 84 games in 2013 and maybe not many more than that in 2014. But you know what? I will still cheer like crazy for them to win every single night out. I’m not president of the Jeff Francoeur fan club, but if he hits a home run to win a game in April, I’ll lose my voice cheering. Chris Getz isn’t my favorite player, but I want him to get a hit every single time he steps to the plate.

To me, all I care about is that the Royals win games. When I get upset about a move or a decision in a game, it’s because I don’t think that’s the best move to get the Royals to that ultimate goal of winning games. It isn’t because I’m constantly negative or because I’m rooting for the team to fail. It’s quite the opposite actually. I’ve talked about this before, but there are times when I wish I could go back to the days when I could just blindly believe in the organization, but I just can’t do it anymore. Time and time again, you hear people talk about trusting the organization and occasionally the tired argument of why aren’t I in a front office if I know so much better. I don’t usually dignify that with a response, but the Royals organization hasn’t exactly given people much of a reason to trust them.

That said, all would be forgiven if they win. Right or wrong, I ache for this team to win. I’m in a bad mood after a bad loss and I’m in a better mood after a win. That’s gotten better for me as I’ve gotten older, but I’ve been a fan of this team since the day I was born and I’ll be a fan of this team until the day I die. No one trade or one decision could drive me away no matter how much I bitch and moan. If the Royals make it to the playoffs. I’ll write a one thousand word article just repeating, “I was wrong. Dayton is superior to me in every way.” I’ll be more than happy to do that. There’s a lot of bickering among fans that, as far as I can tell, is mostly due to a difference in philosophy. This is your yearly, rambling reminder that we’re all in this for the same thing. It’s about the Royals winning games. Which they’ll hopefully do a lot of in 2013.

About The Author

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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Comments (2)

  • DownUnderFan

    Wrote this commentary over on the Royals website. Thought you might like to comment here.

    How many wins does it take for 2013 to be a success? Is 81 enough or must they do better after giving up the future to obtain Shields/Davis plus the money paid for Santana, Hochevar and Guthrie?

    Or does it take 85-90 wins for fans to stay interested? For some it may even require 90+ and contending.

    For me, I don’t see the Royals exceeding 85 wins as the team stands now. I showed my analysis for that prediction in a previous post. Will I be happy at 85-77…in short, YES. At least they will be competitive even if not playoff caliber. The downside of 85 is Ned Yost probably stays and I just don’t believe this team can ever make the playoffs with him in the chair.

    However, if they do worse than I project and barely break even or fall just short then I think NY AND DM will be doing some fast talking just to keep both their jobs.

    My #1 concern is the team starts fast (allowing Ned to keep his job), but slows in the month before the A/S break to fall below 500 and out of contention. And that will cause fan attention to also wane in the 2nd half.

    Why a concern? Because my biggest fear is David Glass will start selling off assets namely Butler and/or Gordon (assuming no market exists for Frenchy, Luke, Santana or Chen) to reduce payroll and achieve a profitable bottom line for the year.

    There is a general belief that Glass values dollars over fan loyalty. he is backing the Win Now movement so far because of the heat taken this off season over not committing what it takes to win. Glass is banking on the team winning and generating fan attendance that covers his extra cash outlay. But a long mid-season slump could kill that momentum making the above concern a huge possibility.

    Royals fans need to see 2013 as a research project. Glass is funding the project and Moore is the professor organizing the research. Yost, his coaches and players are the grad students and students performing tasks. If the project produces results, everyone wins. But if it fails, the funding gets pulled and a lot of people are out of jobs or moved to another project (team).

    Finally, how can fans best prevent this possible outcome? By attending as many games as possible and keeping attendance pegged no matter what the record says. Hopefully, Dayton has a short leash on Ned and supplants him for a better motivator and tactician if the team falters. If that happens early enough and attendance stays high, then Glass will maintain his support and this team has a real chance for a monster 2nd half and push into the playoffs.

    Guess you never realized just how much we fans can contribute toward this team’s success in 2013. As General Hammond often said, “Do It!”

  • DownUnderFan

    I am right with you David. I will be cheering for Frenchy to have a 2011 year and Cain to stay healthy all year. I hope Hosmer forgets 2012 (and anything Scott Boras says) and comes ready to show the world what he can do. Also that Moose hits all season like he did before his injury last year. I even root for Getz to stay healthy and play 150 games at 2nd base because the Royals historically play better when he is in the lineup (figure that one out).

    I might be alone but I even pray that Luke Hochevar finds his missing inner strength and locks down the #5 spot with a solid 200 inning/4.00 ERA season.

    But my biggest wish is that Ned Yost figures out how to motivate youth and make smart decisions in critical situations. Because if he manages the way he has the last two years, I believe the Royals best hope is 500 and that may not be enough to save several players being traded at mid season, and DM and NY being sent to the bread line with the fans forced to suffer as a result.

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