The Major League Baseball season is often referred to as a marathon.
Royals fan Scott Jones knows a little something about that. Jones, who lives in Los Angeles, decided to make a video following every Royals game this season. They are short, funny and to answer the question: Did The Royals Win Last Night?
“I read about a teacher with a ‘Did the Royals Win Last Night’ bulletin board in his classroom that he’d update daily,” Jones wrote in an email. “I wanted to take that concept one big, unnecessary step forward. Even if the individual videos aren’t always great, the idea of having 162+ of them is funny to me. I also wanted to add some levity to being a sports fan. It’s fun to celebrate the wins, and therapeutic to laugh at the losses ... sometimes. I can’t control the games, but I can control how I react to them.”
Here is an example from game 150. It’s a nod to Wes Anderson:
Not every video is as elaborate, but some were even more work.
“I’ve enjoyed the challenge,” he wrote. “It’s often exhausting and they aren’t always great, but being consistent has led to some entertaining surprises. The night David Letterman retired I stayed up past 4 a.m. and had taken all the lamps in our house out to the garage to light this homemade ‘Late Show’ set I’d built with a desk and some Lego buildings. It’s been a great exercise in following through, meeting deadlines, creative thinking ... you name it. I’m a little surprised that I haven’t missed a game yet.”
Here is the David Letterman episode:
It’s been quite the endeavor, but Jones said it hasn’t been in vain.
“Royals fans have been surprisingly encouraging,” Jones wrote. “Internet comments in general can be a flaming garbage fight but people have been really nice! Sometimes I’ll post videos on opposing fan pages when the Royals lose, and I usually get a bump in views. We’re all baseball fans, we just cheer for different teams and it’s fun to be reminded of that. Occasionally I’ll get a note on social media (Reddit, Facebook or Twitter) from someone who enjoys the videos and it helps keep me going.”
This was the first video of the season:
Here is Jones’ compilation of the season that he did for game 162:
And just a few others that I thought were pretty good: