It Doesn’t Always have To Be About Money
Now that all the World Series hoopla has finally died down, I’m sorry Mets fans, but I have to say as a baseball fan growing up in the Heart of the Midwest, I couldn’t be prouder of my Kansas City Royals.
Winning the World Series after a 30 year drought gave so much joy to so many people, young and old, black, white, Hispanic, baseball fan or not—the Royals brought them all together in a sense of community pride. And that’s what all pro sports should be about—inspiration!. These guys are the best at what they do and they are well paid to do it but there’s more to it than riches and glory. Set a good example and inspire people. Show them almost anything is possible if you work together and you want it bad enough. That’s the most important thing. Few teams in any sport have the tenacity, the focus and the Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over” mentality to come back from long odds to win it all like the Royals did. And it wasn’t just one guy, it was all of ’em!!
Kansas City has always had an inferiority complex. It’s the smallest city in Major League Baseball and the rest of the world considers us a bunch of yay-hoos in the middle of nowhere far from the glamour of the east and west coasts. The ultimate flyover city. Some people still think they stop rush hour traffic to run cattle to the stockyards. Let ’em think that. We know better.
For years since their last World Series title, the Royals could barely muster a winning season, let alone a playoff appearance and the fans stayed away in droves. They were always near the bottom in attendance and payroll and that always spells trouble. There was even talk of moving the team not so long ago but the Royals front office lead by general manager Dayton Moore stuck it out. They realized that good teams can’t be bought, they have to be developed. Find and nurture hungry young talent—let ’em develop and then let ’em play!!
Last year the Royals surprised everybody and took San Francisco to game seven before losing the World Series and that lit a fire under not just the team, but the fan base too. This past season, the Royals set attendance records. It was fun to go to the ballpark again because of course everybody loves a winner, but especially because the fans believed in them again. The team connected and inspired and it doesn’t get any better than that!