The 2016 Royals season is about to begin its final chapter. After, three home games against the Cleveland Indians this weekend, the season will be over.
It started with a championship flag being raised and diamond-filled rings handed to giddy players. There have been terrible injuries and amazing ninth-inning comebacks and bullpen meltdowns and, of course, two insect mascots.
July was a bummer, but in that month the All-Star Game MVP wore a Royals jersey, and on the first day of August, his teammate set a single-game franchise record for strikeouts in a game.
In the end, the World Series champions finished just shy of the playoffs. Pardon the cliche, but the baseball season is a marathon, and the Royals packed a lot into those 162 games.
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How best to describe this season? That’s what The Star wanted to know, so we asked Royals fans before Thursday night’s game to finish this sentence: The 2016 Royals season was ...
The results varied, as you might imagine.
Brian Miller of Prarie Village said: “Exciting and injury-plagued.”
This was the take from Kevin Hughes of Lenexa: “Fun, but somewhat disappointing.”
“I was hoping for another playoff run,” Hughes said.
You can hear more of what fans said in the video above.