Outside of WAR, statistics, and objective analysis, we are all fans, which at its core is an emotional experience (as described here by SnyderSays). We grow attached to players for somewhat random reasons, some of which aren't even logical in an objective sense. Jeff Francoeur, for instance, is genuinely well-liked by average fans despite currently being the fourth best outfielder on this team. Greatness and favoritism are not necessarily connected.
Is it easy to like the good players? Yes, which is why the random, interminably annoying Yankees fan exists, even if he has never been anywhere near New York. But we make emotional connections with players for no apparent reason. My family moved to Cleveland in 1993 and lived there until we moved to Kansas City in 2000. Of course, this was the golden age of Indians baseball, and as a little kid, I grew up around a legitimately great team. Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Roberto Alomar, Omar Vizquel, Kenny Lofton...all these great players, but my favorite player was the catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. Why? I don't remember. Not even acquiring a signed Bartolo Colon ball changed my opinion. Things are strange like that.
So, Royals Review, who is your favorite Royal on this team? Who is your favorite baseball player of all time? The great thing about sports is that it is a narrative comprised of real human beings, and this core value never changes, whether you were born in 1951 or 1991. Also, we might need the dash of nostalgia, as Vin Mazzarro vs. the red hot Rangers does not inspire confidence if you ask me.