Is it just me or have the last 20-ish years of being a loyal follower of the boys in blue left a number of scars? Here’s what I’m talking about… and what I’m noticing more and more with this nice start.
Normally when a team wins 3 games in a row and then takes a loss to a very capable team, a fan could just shrug it off and say, “Can’t win them all. We’ll get ‘em tomorrow.” But as a Royals fan, I find myself somewhat terrified after each loss wondering if one loss is going to lead to two and then to 19.
Our pitching as been spectacular if not dominant so far in 2008. Shouldn’t a typical fan simply revel in the success and salivate at the thought of Zack Greinke’s next appearance? But instead all I can think about is how Zack got off to a hot start last year before struggling and being removed from the rotation. Or how all the stat heads say Meche and Banny will regress, etc.
This scar is more recent (Buddy induced), but when the 3rd game (let me reiterate, 3rd GAME!) lineup was made and no changes were evident (not counting Gathright since that was due to injury), I was wondering, why isn’t Callaspo getting some ABs, what about German? And then I thought about how much I loathed Buddy using 172 different lineups in a 162 game season last year and I almost smacked myself. What’s wrong with sticking with a lineup that has helped you get to 2-0 on the season? Why not keep your starters in games? I just got so used to the incessant shuffling of the last regime, that I came to expect it. Scar.
I’ll stop there, but I think you get my point. And I’m not generally a pessimistic person. Quite the opposite. I’m just scarred from loving a loser for so long. Here’s to hoping this team and the teams of the next several years can help heal the scars (simply by being competitive; playing meaningful games as GMDM and Trey like to say). And it starts with a win tonight over the division rival Twinkies. Go Royals!