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Open Thread - ST Game #2 - Royals v. Padres

I'm up for this again, and this time it's an MLB.TV broadcast.  Who's with me?

By and large, this game is just as meaningless as the last one, perhaps even more meaningless considering that the opener versus the Rangers at least exposed how vulnerable Arkansas is to torn Texas-KC loyalties. As Will said, in time, it will be ours.

This game nevertheless holds some sentimental value for me as Nomomania will finally be coming to KC.    When Nomo broke into the league with the Dodgers he was a baseball sensation with his tornado wind-up and killer split, not to mention a cool name and legendary status as the Japanese trailblazer.  I can still recall donning my Nike Air Nomo cleats to take the mound during Pee Wee games, and while I tried to learn how to throw a split using one of those cheap color-coded balls with the different pitch grips, it never worked out.

Anyways, to get to my point: Being a KC fan as a kid was not that fun because it was precisely these types of sensations that the team, and we as a result, collectively "missed out" on. For those who grew up in the 80's you had Bo, and in the early 90's George Brett was still an icon, though an ageing one.  But for those who came to be in the 90's, there wasn't much to go on.  Hammer Hamelin was maybe the closest thing, and he only had one strike-shortened season in the sun.

So forgive me if I'm somewhat excited that Nomomania has arrived, albeit 10-15 years late.  He may be washed up and have a .0000001% chance of making the 25-man, but just seeing him on the mound again will bring out the kid in me.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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