Now i can tell you about 3 observations i've made in the years gone by about KC baseball. First and foremost whether people like it or not this is Chiefs country. I'm not syaing KC doesn't have it's very loyal and knowledgeable fans for baseball also but to me this city does bleed red and gold. So with that out of the way i can understand why 1/4 of the way through the season and with a struggling but 500 ball club it seems that most fans have given up and jumped on the same old Royals band wagon.
The second think i have found is that KC has one of the top 3 (in my opinion)stadiums in MLB. Its absolutely beautiful, fan and family friendly with well behaved fans and a clean atmosphere. The amenities at the K are high quality options of all food and drink variations. I've never enjoyed a ball game as much without being on the field as at The K.
The 3rd and final observation is the team itself and the struggles it has been mired in lately. I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this but the body language from the players tell me ALOT. They are not relaxed and enjoying the game or the competition at all. And that stems from the manager and coaching staff. I don't believe these players believe in the manager or the type of play he is soliciting from them. The play is very lax in hustle,fire and attitude. i feel this is a 2 fold problem,first you have a manager who manages not to lose instead of managing to win. Yost has done this with young players before and is doing it again and if not corrected soon will ruin 4-5 of the very good ball players the Royals have. You can not expect young players with the fire and passion to play without passion and be productive. The other part of this equation is the hitting coaches. Can anyone explain to me any advantage of 2 hitting instructors who may or may not have some great insight into hitting at the major league level? Well you can see what its done for 3-4 of the younger players they are very cautious at the plate and looking to pat the ball the other way,uncomfortable with the feet and hips and not looking to drive the ball.
Overall what i see is this. A very solid group of young players who by instruction are being told stay back and patient at the plate and hit the ball the other way. And if you think i'm wrong go back and look and see how many times they have pulled pitch or hit a rope, i mean hard. Damn these coaching even have Butler tentative and uncomfortable. the only player exempt from the struggles is Gordon and he is tearing it up but he can't do it all himself. And for the first time the other night i saw some go get em on the bases(yes you Elliott Johnson). And it looks like he got benched for it. Well thanks for letting me vent and please if anyone agrees with me lets let the higher ups know some how that we want a team that plays with passion and heart. We don't want to play not to lose we want to play to frickin win. Firing Seitzer was a mistake,Yost playing not to lose is just wrong and for God Sake please tell these young hitters to be more aggressive and do what comes natural SEE THE BALL HIT THE BALL. GO ROYALS