Of course, 2012 didn't work out so well. But that is in the past, and looking back to the past is only for those people who refused to be dazzled by bright futures.
Of course, 2013 will still have some problems. The Royals need to improve their pitching, and they will probably have to do it from within the organization as it would be hard to get a front-line starter in free agency. So, since Luke Hochevar is a young up-and-coming prospect, it would be unrealistic to expect such a young pitcher to get it figured out so soon.Will Smith and Nate Adcock will also naturally have some struggles getting acclimated to the big leagues. You can't just make an immediate impact. While Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer will be better, to expect such young guys as them to contribute at a near All-Star level is a bit presumptuous. So, 2013 won't quite be the year, but if that gets you down then you clearly refuse to be dazzled by bright futures.
Of course, 2014 will still have some problems. The Royals will be breaking in a new center-fielder in Wil Myers, and you can't just expect a guy to come in a dominate the majors fresh out of the minor leagues. The Royals will also have a new pitcher in Jake Odoriizzi, and you just can't expect a new guy like that to have success. Add to that the young players in Hochevar, Smith, Moustakas, and Hosmer, and it is natural for the team to have some struggles. So, 2014 won't quite be the year, but if that gets you down in spite of the bright future the Royals have then you clearly are a glass half-empty kind of person .
Of course, 2015 will still have some problems. The Royals will be breaking in another new pitcher in Kyle Zimmer. Myers will have the typical sophomore slump as will Odorizzi. While brimming with potential, the young Luke Hochevar will still struggle. Moustakas and Hosmer will put together better years, but having a rookie 2nd baseman in Christian Colon naturally presents some problems. So, 2015 won't quite be the year, but if that gets you down then you are apparently nothing but a hater. A hater who hates the bright future of the Royals.
Of course, 2016 will still have some problems. With a lineup littered with young players such as Hochevar, Myers, Zimmer, Colon, Odorizzi, Moustakas, and Hosmer, some struggles are to be expected. Plus, trying to get all of that to mesh with new manager Bobby Valentine is too much to expect. So, 2016 won't quite be the year, but if that gets you down then why are you even a Royals fan? Being a Royals fan is all about loving the brightly bright future.
Which brings us to 2017. The young guns will be rounding into form. Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Sal Perez, and Jeff Francouer will provide their usual gritty veteran leadership. Everything should fall into place. A team like the Royals will have that year is sure to contend for the newly added 3rd Wild Card spot. Yes indeed, 2017 is the Royals year. Imagine a summer in an actual, for real, Wild Card chase. I can only think of one word, and that is: dazzlingly bright. So all you pessimists remember this with all of your unrealistic expecting to win now. Sometimes good things come to those who wait.