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Optimism Is Well Placed For Royals Fans

Hi. You don’t know me or anything about me. But if you’re reading this column, I’m pretty sure I know plenty about you.

You are obviously a Kansas City Royals fan, and are for the first time in a very, very, very, very long time, feeling legitimate optimism for the upcoming season. However, for the better part of the last 20 years, you have endured year after year of baseball misery. You have cursed every player, manager, pitching coach, general manager, owner, trainer, and groundscrew captain that has passed through the orgainization during this time, using your entire repertoire of colorful language many times over. You have watched Scott Elarton, Brian Anderson, Runelvys Hernandez, and Jose Lima trot out to the mound to start Opening Day, and nearly been forced into regurgitation over it. You allowed yourself to get excited about the arrival of washed up, non-roided versions of Juan Gonzalez and Benito Santiago. You watched the All-Star games and cringed when Mark Redman and Ken Harveywere announced as the Royals’ representatives.

And as you know, this doesn’t even come close to scratching the surface of what you have endured being a Royals fan. Yet for some reason, you have continued to come back. Oh, I know, you have considered walking away many times. There are so many other things to focus your energy on in the summertime. You are sick of being laughed at and dismissed by fans of other teams. But your hope is that your loyalty would be rewarded eventually. You say that when the Royals finally do win again, the celebration will be unlike any other that anyone has ever seen (of course, nobody reading this has likely seen the Cubs win the World Series). Could that eventually be now? You are optimistic, but we will forgive you for guarding your optimism with an armed militia. You know you have been burned before, but you also know that now just feels different. Actually, it doesn’t just feel different, you are sure it is different. But you’re trying not to talk about it, because you remember when you argued with your friend who is a Cardinals fan, that OF COURSE Reggie Sanders was the missing piece in the Royals lineup. Or that one time, when you got into it with someone in the bar, saying ABSOLUTELY Calvin Pickering has what it takes to hit big league pitching. Haven’t you seen what that guy has done in AAA??

The difference this year, of course, is that you, as a Royals fan, don’t have to argue on behalf of your team anymore. The national media, and people in other baseball towns are hip to what’s going on with the Royals. They are the ones drooling over Eric Hosmer as being “can’t miss” and Mike Moustakas having terrifying power. They are saying Alcides Escobar may be the best shortstop in baseball and Salvador Perez might be the next Pudge Rodriguez. And now it is you that is either keeping quiet, or even taking the other side… reminding everyone that people spoke of Alex Gordon when he came up the same way they speak of Eric Hosmer today. And, you also say, while it is possible that Escobar could be a perennial Gold Glove winner, he could also regress into the second coming of Angel Berroa. As a Royals fan, you are now trained to think that way.

In just over 3 months, the time for talking will be over. You and I will get to know each other much better throughout this time, and together, we will watch the story of Project 2012 unfold. Will it be another self-depricating comedy? Or a dramatic thriller with a joyous ending? Who knows? Maybe in 3 months the time for talking will be over…or maybe the time for talking could finally have arrived.

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6 Responses to “Optimism Is Well Placed For Royals Fans”

  1. Megan says:

    Nick,
    From one die-hard, optimistic fan to another – love the article! I look forward to reading more from you.
    Megan Hunter

  2. Haha Really says:

    If you could see past your blinders in the little bubble called KC you would realize the team is still light years behind its competition.

    Season will be over by June. Keep drinking the purple koolaid.

  3. Jimmy Baker says:

    Well put Mr DiCarlo! I am a long time Royals fan and agree with this article in full. With the All-Star Game in KC in 2012 there is quite the buzz going around with the hometown team. I am a 35 year old guy and have lived in KC all my life. There was nothing better than in 1985… watching the boys in blue win and celebrating downtown with the parade. My Mom took myself and a couple of friends and we thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Hopefully this all comes back because this is such a great baseball town. Mr DiCarlo…great article and I know myself and my other Royals fans look forward to more.

    Jimmy – Lifelong Royals Fan

  4. Haha Really Sucks says:

    What team do you like you moron. Royals aren’t even purple jerk.

    Probably a sorry Cubs fan.

  5. Mr. DiCarlo, you’re already a legend…great article. When the royals win the pennant I’ll dry hump Slugger.

  6. papagoat says:

    Warrior! You are the man.

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