I am so full of turkey and mashed potatoes right now that I may never be able to see straight again. Somewhere among the gluttony, however, I remembered that this time of year is a time to be grateful for all that we have. That’s been a bit more difficult as a Royals fan, lately. But it isn’t impossible. So let’s take a few minutes on a sleepy Saturday morning and remember all the things we have to be grateful for.
New owner John Sherman
John Sherman may or may not increase roster spending. He may or may not better implement the use of analytics by the front office and coaching staff. But he does have strong ties to the Kansas City area. He’s also 20 years younger than former owner David Glass - no word on whether he’s a switch hitter, though. Any fears we may have had that the team could be moved should be allayed for a good long while. And who knows, maybe he will spend more on the roster and require the team to better implement the analytics into roster and game decisions.
Bobby Witt Jr.
It wasn’t a lot of fun watching the Royals lose 104 games in 2018 but thanks to that pitiful season the Royals were in position to draft Bobby Witt Jr., this year. Bobby, like all prospects, is no sure thing. But he’s got the best chance of turning into a generational talent out of anyone currently in the the Royals’ farm system. Maybe he’ll be the next Mike Trout! Anything is possible and I’m thankful we’ll get to see what comes next.
The pitching prospects
The Royals, despite all odds and much naysaying, seem to have four high-quality starting pitcher prospects on the cusp of reaching the big leagues in short order. They may not all work out, but they also might, and I’m thankful that the opportunity exists and I’ll be here to see it.
Hunter Dozier, Jorge Soler, and Adalberto Mondesi
Those three are a ton of fun to watch hit. Even if the rest of the lineup sucks and the bullpen blows leads we can be thankful we’ll get to watch them hit for another year in Kansas City.
The 2015 World Series
It’s starting to get a bit long in the tooth, now. Especially since the Royals haven’t reached the playoffs even once since winning it all in 2015. But our generation has a World Series win with the blu-rays to prove it! Whenever we’re down, we can watch those again!
The 2014 Wild Card Game
It’s a bit older and bit less meaningful than a World Series trophy, but for my money the 2014 Wild Card Game was the best, most fun, wildest game of baseball I’ve ever seen played. And it featured a victory by the hometown team. I’m thankful for the ability to watch highlights or replays of that game, too.
I have enjoyed writing here the past three years a whole heck of a lot and hope to keep doing it for a long time to come. I also really enjoy the community of people that I wouldn’t have met, otherwise. So I’m thankful for all of you.
I’m sure there’s more to be thankful for, but that’s a pretty good list, too. What are you thankful for (whether Royals-related or not)? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll check them out after I get a fifth helping of turkey.