Well my brethren its almost upon us; it has happened every year the anticipation of the return of our boys in blue. As I sit here in Fort Bragg NC experiencing the weirdest and most fickle weather I have ever seen (more random that Missouri) I began to have the warm feeling inside as I saw Averagegatsby and OMD start the countdown to the season. It made me want to contribute to the one place where my fandom our team matters most; here on Royals Review. The Pitchers and catchers have reported David Glass is grumbling about money and DMGM is giving us the Ol Kansas City Two step… Yes the bull crap is about to begin and the roster move starting pitcher rotation will commence. The Moose evaluations and the rebuttals of "its only spring training" will ensue.. The Hosmer looks great "can he continue to what he did last year or is he a bust" threads will arise.. the ever so funny "Chen Music Chan-Tastic Chen-KKK THAT’S RACIST .gif is coming! Its almost time to wipe off the old KC hat.. Look at the sabermatics and starting pre calculating WAR (which is Chinese Mandarin to me admittedly) So before the party starts I wanted to take a moment and place my collective thoughts down on the Ol’ cyber paper and share something with my community I hold so dear; and it’s the love of Baseball.
Baseball and most especially here in Kansas City, is the greatest metaphor for life that one day I hope to teach my children. Baseball is a grueling-time consuming-hard to watch on TV-160 plus schedule of madness-cursing-complaining about strike zones-bad calls-not pulling pitchers to early-bunts-pinch running-almost perfect game-no hitters-rain outs- double play ending- being picked off at second stealing- why the hell you pinch hitting NEDGAR- pre All Star Game trading talk/ arguing- prospect hopeful praying- bandwagon accusing- fountain 7th inning song hating and forced Yankee- Red Sox rivalry televised shit thrown in your face kinda game.
In life it’s a long day every damn day, things never go your way (at least from your point of view). Life is always going to throw those junk balls and 12 to 6 curve balls that you never plan for. It’s always going to seem desolate and never ending. However, it’s a marathon (que AHA metaphor) the longest race to the goal the prize the hard work and dedication to something to achieve. It’s never instant gratification it’s a process (had to use this metaphor) of doing things over and over again trying to achieve life’s goals. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose but life just like baseball will never be a tie. I am not sure if I am making sense but I am just sharing the simple fact that I love baseball and I love the KC Royals. It may seem like we never get anywhere with this team and that we continue to climb up the impossible mountain of wins to that post season berth just as in life trying to achieve that personal goal that seems always out of reach. However, we band together we hold strong during the epic battles of grass creek, the California West Coast game Blitz Krieg where we are all messed up due to the late game timing, the obligatory ESPN baseball night game vs the Yankees where we receive great praise about our farm system and the ever annoying voice commentary of the White Sox and Detroit announcers when Fox Sports KC un-explicably doesn’t air the game.
Just as in life where we deal with people that are annoying, that always seem to get their way, have things fall into place for them and seem relatively happy and in turn have a little bit of envy and jealousy here in Kansas City we are either the punch line of the joke or the applauded AAA Champions with an Amazing prospect listing or the top 100 in America. What makes this the greatest game played and to me the single most compassion to life as I see it is this: the unexpected pleasures and timely surprises, the hope of anew, the common bond and the brotherhood of belief. The everlasting loyalty knowing that one day everything will pay off the hard work and dedication will pay off; it may not be this year but dammit one day, one day…. one beautiful day it will pay off.. And we all come together every year with the same mentality.
One day soon when my first born daughter is born in April and she is old enough to watch games with me I will explain everything to her as I see it. The game of baseball is just like life. You don’t always win in baseball just as in life but when you do and you achieve the goal at the top of the mountain it makes it that much sweeter that you stuck around and endured the pain and learned the lessons along the way.
Stay Classy Kansas City Go Royals and PLAY BALL!!!!