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To the Royals fans …


From SportsWorld:

You could say this comes from winning – bandwagon fans, I’ve heard people say – but I would argue that winning is only part of it. All those years when the Royals were terrible, laughable, ridiculous, sure, it seemed like nobody cared. But it wasn’t so. People cared. There was just no way to express it. How many times can you scream? How many times can you feign enthusiasm? How many times can you complain about the unfairness of the game or the incompetence of management or the ineptitude of players before it all becomes a giant bore?

But they cared.

State of Belief

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16 Responses to To the Royals fans …

  1. Dale says:

    The Royals and their fans are at that happy stage that we enjoyed in Cleveland in the 90s. Unfortunately, everything before and since that oh-so-brief era is just like how Joe describes the previous 30 years of Royals baseball. It’s no fun being part of baseball’s netherworld.

    • MikeN says:

      Cleveland didn’t completely disappear. They were in the ALCS. Sure they had to see their top 2 pitchers in the World Series for other teams…

      • Dale says:

        Yeah, the lightning in a bottle year of 2007, when they blew a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. I still have nightmares of Joel Skinner holding Lofton at third while Manny jogged to the ball 50 feet away.

  2. Steve Adey says:

    If you are a “Yeah you gotta believe” type fan, then your mvp is the guy who makes your team believe and play better, not the one with the overall best statistics.

  3. MikeN says:

    State Of Belief – the opposite of people like Joe and most of the readers of this site, who declare it’s all due to luck and they are winning despite a bad manager- the advanced stats say so.

  4. Matt says:

    Thanks Joe. I miss you man!

  5. KHAZAD says:

    Fun article, but I must disagree with the “weak division” comment in the article. A perusal of the numbers will tell you that the AL Central is the strongest division in the strongest league.

    AL winning percentage against the NL: .557

    AL winning percentages against the other two AL divisions:

    East: .508
    Central: .512
    West: .480

    In addition, the AL central was playing the NL central in interleague play this season. The NL Central is BY FAR the strongest NL division with a .579 winning percentage against the weaker NL east and west. (and three teams that have clinched playoff berths) The AL central is at .515 against the NL Central this year.

    When I made this argument once before, it was posited by some that the Royals were good, but the rest of the teams were inferior to the competition in the other divisions. This doesn’t hold water either. The bottom four teams in each division all have sub .500 records against the other two divisions overall, but the bottom four in the central are better within the AL than the bottom four in the other two divisions as well.

    Central: .496
    East: .486
    West: .447

    So the Royals did not clinch “a pretty weak division”. They blew away the strongest top to bottom division in baseball.

  6. John Leavy says:

    Once again, not even a MENTION of Ned Yost?

    I’m not saying Yost is a genius or that he deserves a huge chunk of the credit for the Royals’ success, but surely he deserves a passing hat tip, no? He’d certainly be getting the blame if the Royals had collapsed this season.

    • Spencer says:

      He wouldn’t get the blame in these parts. We know how little influence the manager has.

      That’s why he’s unmentioned.

      • augustw says:

        “We” know the manager has little influence? Really?? So that’s why no one – including Joe – is mentioning Matt Williams as a cause of the Nats’ problems? Or why no one – including Joe – mentioned Ned as a reason for the Royals’ performance before last October? As I recall, up through late last season Ned was mentioned a lot and received a ton of blame for the Royals’ plight “in these parts.”

        If you want to say that in-game managerial decisions do not affect the outcomes of 90% or so of the games a team plays in a season, fine. But don’t confuse that with a manager having “little influence” on a team.

  7. EnzoHernandez11 says:

    I’m not sure Kansas City is particularly special in this regard. Every team has their core fans who show up no matter what. And every team has their fair weather fans who only pay attention when things are good. The only major exceptions to this rule seem to be the Cards and the Cubs. The Dodgers, too, I suppose, though they are, Artie Moreno’s ambitions notwithstanding, the only team in the second largest market in America.

    Even the Yankees, in the dark days of the early 70s, saw their attendance crater. In 1972, they actual drew under a million fans (strike year, of course, but there were still 12 other clubs with one million plus attendance).

    I’m afraid that the KC fans climbing on the bandwagon this year and last are simply baseball’s summer soldiers–just like everywhere else.

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