Not too long ago I vented on the Greinke trade. It seems that thread drew a bit of attention for all of the wrong reasons. Now that the initial anger and disbelief have subsided it seems like a good idea to rephrase my thoughts in a non-combative way. I never intended to anger anyone, but instead to vent some frustration.
In a press conference after the trade, GMDM made comments in effect stating that none of the players we received were of all star caliber and he didn't expect them to be. In my mind that just seems to be a very bad move. Of course the Royals had several needs to fill, but I've always disagreed with the "quantity over quality" philosophy. To me, it seems the trade was short-sighted and made for the sake of unloading a disgruntled player. GMDM made the kind of deal that Allard Baird would have made. He so much as stated he wanted middle of the diamond players, and didn't care if the sum of the parts never add up to the whole of what we give up. AND WE GAVE THE BREWERS CASH ON TOP OF IT. Maybe I'm off base here but I didn't think the organization was into spending money. Well, at least not on keeping good players.
There were a lot of people that "mentioned" they never saw me post here before. Honestly I don't post on this blog. Baseball is my game, and the Royals have been my team since birth. It's been too long since they were a good team that it becomes increasingly difficult to stomach the current state of the team. I finally got fed up and blew a fuse. So I took it upon myself to actually post rather than just reading other people's rants. It was either that or take a deer rifle to the nearest clock tower. I never expected to be the recipient of the volume of bile and hate that was in store. If any of you are familiar to the forum on the club's website you should recognize me from a few years back. Somehow I got tangled up in the Tony Pena "ere's snow qwession Yimmy Gobbo tro de bol ree goo" controversy and haven't been back there since. My lack of posts makes me no less of a fan than anyone else here. Besides, it's hard for an old school fan to get into the stathead genre that has become so prevalent in almost every baseball blog. Statheads are not any better than any other fan.
My grandfather and 2 of his brothers played in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system circa WWII. If memory serves me, one of his brothers had a cup of coffee in Brooklyn after the war. We constantly watched Royals games in his den. No VORP, sabremetrics, or moneyball BS. Just baseball as it should be. Either a player was good, OK, or roster filling garbage. As a kid I ate, drank, and slept baseball. I'd get a game going come hell or high water in 100 degree heat in south central Kansas, then we would switch up teams and do it again before going to the field and playing our regular little league game. At that time (late 70's early 80's) it was all about the Royals. In a 6 team league 4 of them wore Royals team colors, one of them had seven #5's playing the field at once. The Royals were good, and so was life.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I was just as impatient about the "rebuilding process" as Greinke was. The only difference is I got creamed in here for saying it. Rome wasn't built in a day, but they damn sure had more than a foundation built after 25 years. I just want to see a winner for a change. I'd be happy with results like 2003 as long as we could steal the division once every 5 years or so. That's not asking too much...is it?