It is Election Day, so what better day to remember the only Missouri-born President in history, Kansas City native Harry Truman? Harry Truman’s extraordinary life only barely overlapped with the Royals, but what would our plain-spoken president have thought about his hometown team this season? Below, members of the 2016 Royals reflect on their season in the words of our 33rd President. See if you can guess the subject of each quote.
"We must build a new world, a far better world--one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected." - The President isn’t all that fond of hot dog races or the Kiss Cam.
“The buck stops here.” - Owner David Glass continues to give mixed messages about the Royals’ finances.
"To hell with them. When history is written they will be the sons of bitches --not I." - Manager Ned Yost discusses his media-outreach strategy.
“You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now." - GM Dayton Moore reflects on his tenure.
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Is there a more humble, sincere player in baseball than Salvador Perez?
"If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself... self-discipline." - Eric Hosmer considers his plate approach.
"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.” - Omar Infante was the 1933 of the Royals’ roster.
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." - Whit Merrifield has come so close so many times, and finally broke through.
“Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.” - Alcides Escobar keeps the fans alert by muffing plays now and then.
“The absence of WAR is not peace.” - A long rest for Mike Moustakas was not in the Royals’ plans this year.
“He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.” - Christian Colon couldn’t replace Moose, but was a perfectly acceptable replacement.
"I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work." - Alex Gordon, the embodiment of all that is good in America.
“Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it." - Have you SEEN Lorenzo Cain’s smile?
"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.” - Jarrod Dyson has a straightforward approach to base-running.
"Well, I wouldn't say I was in the 'great' class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great." - Paulo Orlando describes his predilection for hitting random triples.
"If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Was Ian Kennedy worth it, or not? Discuss.
"Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought." - Chris Young has a future beyond baseball.
"Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.” - Yordano Ventura struggles with his image and his performance.
"Start slow and taper off." - What the hell happened to Edinson Volquez this year?
"When you've done the best you can, you can't do any better." - I think we’d all settle for 2016 Danny Duffy in 2017.
“I fear that machines are several centuries ahead of the mortals.” - How long before we see another reliever as good as Wade Davis?
“If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” - Kelvin Herrera has a simple message for opposing batters.
"Whenever I make a bum decision, I go out and make another one." - Oh, Joakim, whatever happened?
Honorable Mention (non-roster, but too good to pass up):
"I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." - Lee Judge dismisses his critics.
“Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below." - When Harry met José.
“I remember when I first came to
Washington Kansas City. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.” - Zack Greinke reflects on his time with the Royals.
"Men make history, and not the other way around. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." - Future inscription on Ben Zobrist’s Royals HOF plaque.