I get asked this question a lot. It is usually followed by something like "They suck" or "They're never going to win". I usually say something to the effect of "Well, they're my team. I love the Royals, even if they're a losing team".
If I could give a longer response to their question, I would. And I think that's what I'm going to do right now.
I am in the process of growing up rooting for the Royals. I have never seen them have a winning season (In 2003, I lived in Florida). I was born in Olathe, Kansas, and I am currently being raised in Overland Park. I was pretty much oblivious of the Royals existence (besides going to a few games) until I was about 7 years old.
We were living with my grandpa at the time. My dad decided to show me all of his baseball cards from the late 70's one day, and that is what got me into baseball. He showed me the old stats on the back of the cards and told me how they worked. Then, he told me about the Royals and how they were good back in the 70s and 80s (When he was a kid). He told me that after the great year that they had the year before, the Royals were going to be good again, and very soon.
It was right before the 2004 season. I was excited. I was starting to talk about baseball a lot. I bought a Royals team set of 1986 Topps baseball cards at a garage sale. I learned how to play baseball in my grandpa's backyard. I got on a tee-ball team. I was the best hitter on my team, as far as I was concerned. I was 7 years old, and I was loving life, and baseball.
The Royals got off to a decent start. My dad went to opening day with my grandpa, and they said it was one of the most exciting games they had ever been to. They had a decent start to the season, and then they started losing games. A lot of games.
I couldn't believe it. 2004 was supposed to be the year. But they were terrible.
The only other memories I have of the 2004 season was Matt Stairs hitting a home run on TV, and being at a game where the Royals hit something like 5 home runs. I also remember the "Dozen hits, Dozen Donuts" Krispy Kreme promotion. I started chanting "Doughnuts, Doughnuts" over and over again when they were at 11 hits, and almost the whole crowd got into it and started chanting the same thing.
I kept following the Royals after the 2004 season. I didn't watch every game, but I still tried to watch them when I could.
That was how I got into the Royals, a losing team. Now, here's why I love 'em.
I love the K.
I love being there.
I love how it smells.
I love how so many of us have stuck with the Royals after losing for so long (That just proves we are better fans than The best fans in baseball, the Cardinals).
I love the new youth movement.
I don't want to see it go for a long time.
I love hearing stories about the glory days of the 70's and 80's, and hearing about Bo Jackson and how awesome he was.
I love going out to the K all the time during the summer and watching the Royals play, and hopefully win.
I love cheering when Billy Butler hits a double, and booing when AJ Pierzynski comes up to the plate when we play the Sox.
I love going to the game when Justin Verlander is pitching, just to see us flail at every pitch he throws and him throw a 7-inning shutout.
I love watching Soria slam the door.
I loved watching Grienke dominate, and seeing 38,000+ fans come out every time he pitched in 2009.
I am going to love seeing Hosmer play for 6+ more years.
I am going to love watching Gordon dominate for the next 4 or 5 years.
I loved watching all of the Royals prospects come up in 2011.
I am going to love watching the pitching improve.
I love the lineup.
I love Holland, Broxton, Soria, and the rest of the bullpen.
I love the team going into 2012, and I will keep loving them for the entirety of my life.
So, tell me, Royals Review, why are you Royals fans?