Way back a long time ago where it was actually really cool to wear tight pants, wigs, and make-up (no offense to emo Royals fans of present era) a bunch of British citizens decided they had enough of the King of England and declared Independence. Yes you all know about the Declaration of Independence and how really awesome it must have been to have been flipping the bird to good Ol' Georgie from across the pond. But then something happened, a huge army showed up and started kicking some Rebel butt.
While it was all fun and games a few deaths here and there all these big Rebels were out proudly thumping their chests, much like I do every April at the start of the annual Royals campaign. We all know Generals back in the day didn't like to fight in the winter, well cause it was alot colder back then cause there was no Global warming. But I can relate to these fine gentlemen cause when April rolls around I get pretty excited about Royals baseball for some unknown reason much like they all must have been when they heard the drums beating.
The Rebels had a certain fellow by the name of George Washington who they trusted with their little rag tag wanna be Army and thrust him out into the field to try to gain everyone some Independence. Morale was high after the Siege of Boston and everyone was elated. After suffering defeat in the Battle of Long Island our Georgie had to retreat all the way through New Jersey and into Pennslyvania all the while losing at the Battle of White Plains, and the loss of the Fort bearing his own name, Fort Washington. Many people were calling for our Georgie's head, they wanted him out and replaced by a person who's name I will not mention but will only list his rank, just like they do at West Point as General.
While time would prove that certain General was not a very loyal fellow, our Georgie and the boys pushed on, much like Ned and the gang of today. The majority of the populace had already quit on them and turned their attention and loyality back to Tony LaRussa, err, I mean Cornwallis, Howe and the King. It was as Thomas Pain put it " These are the times that try men's souls" Many a good man trying to stay loyal to the cause were losing their lives and as Winter crept up on the Pennslyvania side of the Delaware River General Washington knew something had to be done. He had messed with lineups and orders of march throughout the entire campaign and nothing seemed to be working anymore. But he didn't quit, he decided to go on the offensive.
On December 25th, 1776 our General once again rallied the troops and set out to cross the Delaware River. On the opposite bank the King of England had rented a bunch of well trained troops much like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox of today do. These were the elite Hessian troops led by Colonel Johann Rall. Believing they would be drunk due to Christmas Washington crossed the Delaware River and set out for Trenton. What followed was the Battle of Trenton. (It was never proven a fact that they were drunk.)
The original boys in blue took the garrison by surprise in a blinding snow storm and inflicted severe casualties on the rented troops. The Hessians Colonel Rall along with the three other Hessian Colonels were all killed. This genious stroke obviously boosted morale and once again breathed life back into the cause of the Rebellious men wear blue.
While I know some of you may not like how I have twisted this story to involve baseball into it, I see on Royals Review all the time people calling for so and so's head, and this person is horrible and that, and I share your frustration. It is pretty hard to stay in the losing corner week after week, but always around this time of year I start asking random people questions about how we gained our Independance and what it took from these men to accomplish the feats they did and sadly lots of born and bred Americans have no clue. While I admit when it comes to the sabermetrics and alot of the stuff on this site you all discuss I'm left out in the dark, but I have been making an effort to research and learn these traits. Many are complacent with their Made in China fireworks and glad they don't have to labor for the day. While I will also have the 4th of July off I did spend two of them in Iraq. Take that day to actually remember that for all of its faults, and problems, and whatever we live in a land where we can root for whatever team we want, wear what colors we want, call for Ned Yost's and Dayton Moore's heads, simply because Washington didn't quit.
While the victory was still many more years ahead for those Continentals, they stuck through, just like im going to do every single day with the Royals.