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#BringBackSungWoo

The story. The incredible story. The incredible story of the 2014 Kansas City Royals. Any story written about the Royals and their unbelievable run to the World Series contains hundreds of moments and images and names. There’s Alex Gordon laying on the Kauffman Stadium’s left field turf raising his glove and ball in the air. There is Terrence Gore scoring from second base on a wild pitch. There’s a man who ...

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Fathers, Sons and Number 35

There’s just something about baseball that is unique to fathers and sons. Sons learn the game from their fathers and the fathers look to reclaim their youth teaching the sons. It is the circle of life wrapped around 108 stitches on a baseball. Through a very gracious gift from a friend, last night I got to watch a postseason baseball game with my son. Even better is that I got to watch the 2014 Kansas City ...

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The road to the World Series

Beware.  I wrote this for the transportation geek audience.  I figured PTP readers might enjoy it as well.  If not, you can get your money back.  -Dave What do San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Big Springs, KS have in common?  (For those yet to experience the thrill of Big Springs, it's tiny dip in the road between Lawrence and Topeka.)  That’s a pretty diverse group of population center ...

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ALCS Might Come Down To Battle of the Bullpens

What has been viewed by many as the biggest advantage the Royals have had over other teams will once again have to come up big in this American League Championship Series. The Royals bullpen, particularly the triumvirate of Kelvin Herrera/Wade Davis/Greg Holland has been lights-out this season. These next few games though, they will see another good set of relievers, this time coming from the opposing pen. ...

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The Evidence of Things Not Seen

One of my favorite television shows is The West Wing and one of my favorite episodes, Evidence of Things Not Seen, deals with the idea that you can stand a raw egg on its end at the time of the lunar winter equinox. It is an episode that talks of mystery and myth.  The myth has been debunked countless times, yet it remains as somewhat of an urban legend that speaks to a higher power and the unexplained happ ...

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Starved of Success, Younger Fans Are Getting What They Deserve

“Hope springs eternal” as the old saying goes. Alexander Pope’s phrase from his poem “An Essay On Man” can be applied no better than to a Royals fan born during the 29-year playoff drought. It’s difficult to put into words what winning a wild card spot and then winning the wild card game can do to for a city. The stories told, congratulations given and tears shed after Tuesday night’s dramatic 9-8 victory o ...

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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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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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Shields Makes The Trade An Ace Move

Numerous articles, posts and commentaries have been written about THE trade. When talking about Dayton Moore’s legacy in Kansas City, or what will define him the most, all signs will point back to THE trade. Shipping off pieces of the future for job security in the present. That is what THE trade was all about. Fast-forward 21 months from December 2012. The Royals are on the verge of getting swept by the no ...

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One Book To Rule Them All

In an unexplainable year, the Royals August ended in stride with an unexplainable finish. A suspended game as a deluge of rain shot from the heavens between the top and bottom of the tenth inning in front of a national television audience.  For about an hour, there was debate and discussion about the proper protocol underwhich the game would be resumed given the likely outcome that six hours of rain was on ...

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If You Haven’t Already, You Can Buy In

When will they cool off? They can’t keep going like this. These are the Royals. The ROYALS! As the Royals enter the last month of the season, the baseball world keeps waiting for the second-half surging Royals to come back down to reality. And even more than that, Kansas City is only cautiously optimistic. (And we Royals supporters that are unfortunate enough to be Mizzou fans definitely still anticipate th ...

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The Royals Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions

The ride of this year’s edition of the Kansas City Royals has certainly taken dramatic twists and turns. The 2014 “Royal-coaster” has rocketed to heights rarely seen in this playoff-starved city and spiraled down to lows known all too well around Kansas City. Coming into this year, the Royals expected to contend for a division title. The groundwork had been laid out the season before with James Shields anch ...

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What You Do With Your Hands: A Guide To A Royals Pennant Race

Okay, so this is a real thing now. The Royals are in first place in mid-August. This is officially a thing. For many of you, this is your first meaningful pennant chase in your lifetime. For those of us over the age of 38, we've been there before, but might need a refresher. Here now, is a beginners guide to playoff baseball. Small Talk - Even though the water coolers are much more digital in our day and ag ...

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Carpe Diem, Sung Woo Lee Hangs the “W”

Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.  --Robin Williams in Dead P ...

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Well, Well, Well How The Turn Tables

The day was July 22. The Royals were reeling, losing their first four games after the All-Star break. They had fallen behind Cleveland in the standings, and were in danger of dropping another spot to Chicago. The Royals had to face the White Sox for a second game, but were without their number two starter, Jason Vargas. Prior to the game, Dayton Moore had flown to Chicago and addressed the media. Back at ho ...

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The Time Is Now For Dayton To Add More

Today is the day. We have all been waiting for the Royals to stick their flag in the ground and declare themselves as contenders in the playoff race. A recent move got rid of a platoon third baseman and brought in a backup catcher and minor league reliever. So nothing to write home about yet, and the trade deadline is today. Dayton Moore was quoted as saying “There is no significant deal that we can do base ...

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#Yosted!! (The Sitcom) – Episode 1 (Pilot) — Team Meeting

YOSTED - SEASON ONE, EPISODE ONE (PILOT) ACT ONE - TEAM MEETING INT. ROYALS TEAM CLUBHOUSE (Ned, Billy, Salvy, Moose, Gordo) LIGHT CUE: DARK VOICE OVER Yosted is filmed before a live studio audience NED WALKS INTO CLUBHOUSE TO SEE TEAM SITTING AROUND, DEJECTED NED What’s all this belly achin’ about? BILLY Aw gee, Ned. Can’t you see we’re out of the playoffs? Those last losses just killed us SALVY Ya Papi. D ...

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A Final Plea To Keep Calm

What more can be said about the 2014 Royals? This last week saw utter disappointment, a call for heads to roll and yet another tearing-down process for the Kansas City Royals. Now the dogs have been called off…..temporarily. There is no question that a three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Red Sox, followed by another non-offensive night against the White Sox is inexcusable. Every season has its ups an ...

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Never.

“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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Nexflix Is Ruining The Royals

This week, I began my 42nd year of life on this planet. Forty-one of those have been as a Royals fan.  The first six months were a fan of pooping. The remaining years were of pooping AND the Royals. In that time, I've seen a lot of baseball. We've talked here before about the grace and majesty of the great game of baseball. We've talked about the casual pace and the fact that a Billy Butler at bat might ta ...

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