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How do you mentally handle going from a contender (most years) with one of baseball's most awesome...

How do you mentally handle going from a contender (most years) with one of baseball's most awesome venues and crowds (Coors Field) to pitching in front of minor league-sized crowds and meager talent to back you up? No diss on the Royals - no money means no talent. — John, Highlands Ranch Jeff Francis: I think that's a pretty harsh criticism of the Royals, and I disagree with you about the "no money, no talent" statement. There are a lot of very talented players here, albeit very inexperienced. I'm not here to make a case to you about why the Royals are better than you think, but I am reminded of my rookie years in Colorado in 2004 and 2005. We had a lot of talented young players who were put on the field to gain experience and learn from our mistakes. We took our lumps and lost 95 games in 2005, but two years later were on a historic run to a National League pennant. It seems to be a good model on which to build a good young team. It is exciting to be a part of something like that again, even if I may not still be on the team when it's a finished product. I hate Broncos fans. Jeff Francis: Former Rockies pitcher talks Royals, Rocktober and Sports Illustrated cover
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