September is such a sad month for this Royals fan. This is the time of year for excitement and joy for many a ballfans in Atlanta, Boston, New York, or hell, San Diego as far as that's concerned. I don't know if anyone else does this or not, but I find the one team that I'm going to cheer for once the playoffs start and take interest. As Nick Bakay once explained, not your team, but your "playoff girlfriend". I don't exactly stop watching my team. I'm still watching our games until the end. But, when our games are over, I watch for that teams highlights on Baseball Tonight. I even try to find a guy on that team that I can really get behind. For example, I kinda like David Ortiz because of the 2004 playoffs, the guy just knew when to step up. Some may call this "clutch", I call it "must see tv". You don't have to like the guy the next year. In fact, when David stole a base against the Royals and pranced around like he just solved world hunger, I called him a dirty name or two. But, all in all, Big Papi is an okay guy. I mean, the guy's got to be a decent guy off the field. Teams with these players are the ones I root for to lose. Plus, one secret rule to "playoff girlfriends" is that you just can't pick the Yankees (at least, not if you're a Royals fan). So, the Yankees are out and if we're looking for nice guys, the Padres are out (Now hear this, if Milton Bradley becomes a Royal, I reserve the right to retract this statement).
Anyway, has anyone guessed my playoff girlfriend? The Mariners you say? Well, not exactly, but I do like the underdogs. It usually makes for a good story (except when it's the jackasses accross the state. That just pissed me off). Maybe the Phillies? Well, I could easily get behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But, Philly fans? I couldn't even be a poser in the Phillie Nation. Those people are nuts. The dude who was just wearing the Santa suit took off to a place where nobody would ever find him (He's a coach in the WNBA.) Well, I'll save the suspense and tell you that it's the Cubs. Yeah, the Cubs. Allow me to explain. The Cubs haven't won a World Series in 99 years. We haven't won in 22 and we're complainers. You know what Cubs fans say? "Ah, we'll get 'em next year"! I walk around my house ranting about how we're never going anywhere. And you talk about underdogs? The last time these guys won the World Series, like 5% of the nation had running water. To compare, the last time we won the Series, Nintendo was released. Oh yeah, they need that player that I can get behind. How about Ryan Theriot? AKA "The Riot". This guy plays hard and is just fun to watch. But the last reason is just weird. Remember when we opened our big fat mouths and bet Al over at the Cubs site that the Royals would win more games than the Cubs? Yeah, that's right. Ooops. So, if they're going to make me look stupid, they're going to make me look stupid all the way baby!!!
But, then the playoffs end and I see that team's fans cheering and I know I'm not one of them. I'm a Royals fan. Our guys are fishing and playing golf somewhere tropical. And I'm home, in the cold, watching a group of people that I wish we were. Then, it's into the offseason. Five minute interview with Dayton Moore is the only Royals talk I hear on 810 throuhout the month of November, but I get a hefty dose of K-State football (all day long). Basketball fills ESPN and I don't even get Metro Sports. So, I take my winter prozac (watch football). That's all fun and good for a while. Then, I'm like a high school girl away from her boyfriend on summer vacation. "I miss my Royals". See, I don't ever want September to come. At least I have a support group right here at RR or should I say RA (Royals anonymous). Hi, my name is royaldaddy and I like the Royals. It all started when I was a boy. First, it was catching a game here and there. Then, I was getting angry when there wasn't a Royal in my new pack of Topps......
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