The success of the 2013-2017 Kansas City Royals kind of obscured something. That thing was that the Royals had been a complete and utter dumpster fire for literally decades. Decades.
Frankly, it was so bad that part of me is shocked that A) Kansas City still has a professional baseball team and B) Kansas City had any baseball fans at all. Will McDonald, the founder of Royals Review, started this enterprise during those awful years. He is to be remembered for his courage and tenacity. Amen.
But even the terrible teams had good players. The Royals had some good players between the years of 1995 and 2012. I liked a lot of them. They were, after all, the only reason to watch the team.
So my prompt for this week: who was your favorite Royal when the team was terrible, and why? For me, that would probably be Joakim Soria. Hearing Welcome to the Jungle was an audio cue that the Royals would be winning a baseball game very soon, and that was something that happened far less often than it should have.
Last week, I asked you to submit your all-time favorite Royals lineup. And we got two more submission. Here’s the first one:
And the second, which I did not originally include in this post because I’m a dummy. Thanks to cmkeller for pointing it out.
by Bo’s Throws