Positives first: Maybe the Kansas City Royals are going to build off
all the All-Star Game hoopla and get back into the race to win the
Central Division title in the American League.
Negatives now: That's going to be tough to do, because KC is a woeful
37-47 after the first half of the season, 9.5 games out of first
place. And the team was really, really trying to come into the
Midsummer Classic break with a winning record and failed to do that.
The Royals have the 24th worst record in baseball. And the 14-23
win/loss showing at Kauffman Stadium is the worst home record in the
But it's baseball, hope springs eternal, and maybe the pitching staff
will turn around, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex
Gordon and the other hitters will really turn it on, and the Royals
will have a fantastic second half.
One thing seems sure: KC fans still like this team. Attendance is up
for the year, and Kauffman Stadium looked like an exceptional place to
play a professional baseball game during the recent All-Star Game
I know I will be going to more games in the second half. I just hope
to see some additional victories on the field.
Yael T. Abouhalkah