At the risk of stating the obvious, the Royals are not playing well this year.
At the risk of understatement, the Royals are not much fun to watch.
Every person must decide to use his spare time wisely. Sure, I use some of my spare time studying the Great Books, becoming more or less a trained and lethal weapon in the art of Okinawan karate, and trolling the fine pages of this and other important websites. Nobody can fairly look at my use of leisure time and accuse me of being the next Mother Teresa, but, by the same token, neither my wife or my daughter have yet called me a slug either [let's not discuss what the co-workers might say or think].
Whilst watching another Twins' smackdown last night, however, a very dim light bulb came on over my head, unrelated, I might add, to the limitations of my hardscrabble mancave: a disproportionate share of my precious spare time, over the years, has been spent watching the Royals on television. Way too much. Way too disproportionate. With the way our pitchers walk people, each game can be two DVR'd hours at a crack. Without putting too fine a point on it, I have pissed away too much of my life watching these guys.
It was just after another Pods groundout on a first pitch with runner on and the Royals behind that a resolution came to mind: I resolved to quit watching these guys. No, no no, my friend NYRoyal: this isn't a "I am no longer a Royals' fan manifesto", so keep your powder dry. Radio time to and fro--I plan to listen to Denny Matthews evey chance I get. The occasional glance at a day game with GameDay on the Company Dime? Count me in. Just no more watching them on TV after semi-hard days' work. No more 2 hour segments down the rathole for these guys. Not even on HD.
Will there be temptations during this sojourn? Yes, there will. I am sure that I will be tempted to watch when they call up Gordon and Kila in September, and every fifth day when that spunky Chen kid takes the mound. But I will resist. And I may need your support.
Perhaps you are willing to join me in this resolution? Let's consider it our small way of protesting bad baseball.
Let's consider it our Gandhi moment.