Countless Kansas Citians — and Kansas City Royals fans all over — have been waiting for this day for 29 years.
Post-season baseball returns Tuesday night to Kauffman Stadium for the first time in a generation.
To say that locals are excited is to underestimate the emotions that this winning baseball team tapped into as the late-season drama turned into a sure thing.
So many things went right this season for the Royals — stellar pitching, rock-solid defense and the ability to win games by slipping singles and doubles by the opposition and swiftly running the bases rather booming bunches of home runs.
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Tuesday night’s one-game Wild Card playoff could be the end of it or it could be the beginning of the next glorious step in the team’s extraordinary achievement.
The Royals have had success in only two of their previous seven appearances in league championship series, and then went on to win in their second of two World Series — the storied victory over St. Louis in 1985.
It’ll take skill, luck, nerves of steel and mastery of Jon Lester’s wicked pitches for the Royals to reach past the Oakland A’s and take on the Los Angeles Angels in the next league playoff series.
But no matter what happens, an entire generation of families and fans — of parents and children and bar mates and water-cooler buddies — can once again or for the first time feel the glow of a season’s success and what it might foretell for the future.
“True fandom,” Roger Steinbrock of Topeka told The Star the other day, means “you win with them and you lose with them.”
We suspect that pride in the Royals will now carry on for some time to come.