Happy Birthday Mr. Hosmer
On Monday, October 24, Eric Hosmer turned 22 years old. He looks, acts, and plays like a 10 year veteran, but is still just a kid with only one year under his Major League belt.
Everyone in Kansas City knows who this “kid” is.
He’s the new face of the franchise. He’s the future All-Star. He’s the “savior” for the Kansas City Royals.
The word “savior” gets thrown around in the sports world quite a bit. Lebron James was supposed to be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ “savior.” Tim Tebow is supposed to be the Denver Broncos’ “savior.”
James obviously wasn’t the answer in Cleveland. Despite Tebow’s comeback win this past weekend against the Miami Dolphins, I highly doubt he will be the real answer for any NFL team.
The point is, that the Kansas City Royals don’t need any one guy to fill that type of role. They don’t need one mega superstar to take them to the “holy land.” Guys that can carry a team almost all by themselves only come around once in a lifetime (Michael Jordan).
All they need from Eric Hosmer is for him to play to the best of his abilities. They have enough talent to take the pressure (that builds by the day) off of him. The last thing the Royals need is for a super talented player to get bothered by that type of pressure (although I think Hosmer is level-headed enough to not sink to Adam Dunn status).
So enough with all this “Eric Hosmer: The Kansas City Royals’ Savior” talk. He’s a beast, he’s a stud, everyone knows how good he is. But the Royals are building a team to contend, so every player could wear that title.
One more thing… I saw a tweet this past week that I thought was great. I think it would be fun to hand out a Royals “Tweet of the Week” from here on out, so here it is. It comes from Brian McGannon in Kansas City.
Great tweet, Brian.
You can follow him @BrianMcGannon and myself @tbryant824