It has been 10,561 days (or 28 years and 11 months) since the Royals last played postseason baseball. That is the longest streak in North American professional sports history.
Simply put, tonight could potentially be the best day for Kansas City baseball in nearly 29 years.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Tonight could be the greatest moment in the last three decades of mostly putrid baseball. This entire generation of Royals fans could see something tonight that they have never experienced.
I'm 19 years old, and I've never seen either the Royals or the Chiefs win a postseason game. As everybody prepares to pop the champagne quarks around me, I'm just sitting here with patience - not yet. We've waited almost three decades - what's a few more hours? The curse is about to end. But I'm not flashing a single smile until this thing is locked up and sealed.
Here are the lineups for tonight's game.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tonight's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Royals?src=hash">#Royals</a> lineup vs. White Sox. <a href="http://t.co/65O1b9vZtm">pic.twitter.com/65O1b9vZtm</a></p>— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) <a href="https://twitter.com/Royals/status/515620867926007808">September 26, 2014</a></blockquote>
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It's a familiar lineup for a night that could be completely unfamiliar for everybody in this organization. With Jeremy Guthrie in Hector Noesi on the bump, there could be some offense in this game. Noesi has surrendered an AL-worst 28 home runs. The Royals have the fewest home runs in baseball. Something has to give tonight, and let's just hope it all ends with a Royal victory and the champagne being popped open.
Let's do this. One more win, Blue. Just one more win.
What's going to be your first emotion when the Royals clinch a playoff spot for the first time in 28 years?
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Happiness - its been too long to do anything but celebrate!
I'll burst into tears like a two-year-old, and I have no shame admitting it.
I'll be satisfied, but I'm still not giving up on the AL Central title just yet.
Great. It's about time, Dayton, you lousy jackass.