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Sunday Thread: Blue Jays at Royals

As the first half of the baseball season comes to a close, the Royals look to send their seven All Stars off on a positive note.

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I'm going to cut right to the chase here:

What have been your favorite games, moments, and memories from the first half of the Royals season? Post in the comments below.

For me, a college junior who has always been very into the Royals, it's legitimately been a dream come true. As a 10 year old, I would watch all 162 games from the 2005 campaign, wondering if I would ever see a team simply reach 70 wins. Getting to see a World Series last year was incredible, but the "legitimately being excited about baseball" feeling didn't start until mid August.

This year has been a new animal for Royals fans. From the beginning of the year, their team has been on top of the AL, never looking back en route to entering the final day of the season's first half at 17 games over .500. 60% of the team's opening day rotation has taken time on the DL, and its best player is out for eight weeks with a groin injury. And yet the Royals are still 4.5 games better than any other team in the American League.

I'm 20 years old, and I've waited my entire life for this. For a full calendar year now, the Royals have lived up to the hype and have been baseball's best team. Because of that, I'd like to hear from the commenters at Royals Review - what have been your favorite moments of 2015? If you ask me, being in attendance for Paulo Orlando's walk-off grand slam will be hard to topped not only this year, but for seasons and seasons to come.

Oh yeah, and there's a game going on today against the Blue Jays. Kansas City, who ran out its "Sunday white flag" lineup yesterday, actually submits its A-team today:

All Star all-time leading vote-getter-and-it-totally-was-legitimate-says-the-totally-trustworthy-MLB Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup with an illness today. It appears that the Royals have a nice chance to win. Let's hope they can send their seven All Stars into the break on a high note.