I believe Howard Jones said it best:
Future dreams we have to realize
A thousand sceptic hands
Wont keep us from the things we plan
Unless were clinging to the things we prize
-"Things Can Only Get Better" Dream Into Action
Some ex-Royal will be triumph in this series, be it Beltran and Tucker or Suppan.
Keep hope alive. Someone has to win and there's nothing Allard Baird, Mark Quinn, Tony Pena, Tony Muser, Brandon Berger or anyone named Glass can do about that. Even Mike Sweeney's contract won't prevent an ex-Royal from reaching the World Series. Only the evil power of Arod's unclutchness could do something like that.