People will come to The K. They’ll come to Kansas City for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn into the parking lot, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at the gates, as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won’t mind if you look around," the Lancers will say, "It’s only twenty dollars per person." And they’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they lack.
And they’ll walk off to the bleachers and sit in their short sleeves on a perfect afternoon. And find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines where they sat when they were children. And cheer their heroes. And they’ll watch the game, and it’ll be as if they'd dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come to The K.
The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.
Oh people will come to The K. People will most definitely come.
Twenty-three more days.