If nothing else, the Royals have been resilient this season.
A 12-game losing streak and maddeningly inconsistent play should have torpedoed the Royals, but they are lurking in the American League Central race. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the lack of a legitimate World Series contender in the division.
But that’s life in the Central, and former Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds believes the Royals will be in the race until the end.
“I think the one advantage the Royals have is they’re young,” Reynolds said by phone. “I always felt like if you have young and talented players, the first half is a learning curve. The second half, they feel like I belong here and now they’ve got the stamina to go out and prove it. I think the Royals are going to be right there in the hunt. That division, nobody’s run away with it, and I think they’ve stuck around long enough that they’re going to be in this thing.”
Reynolds, who will be part of MLB Network’s live coverage before and after the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game from the field at Kauffman Stadium, was in town recently where he hung out with Hall of Famer George Brett.
One of the places they visited was The K.
“It was always my favorite stadium to play in and I played back when they had AstroTurf,” said Reynolds, who played with the Seattle Mariners for 10 of his 12 years in the majors. “This was the first time I’d been there since they renovated and it absolutely blew me away. It was gorgeous. They did a great job. It’s going to be a fun ballpark for people.”
Naturally, Brett and Reynolds grabbed some barbecue as well. They went to Arthur Bryant’s.
“Everytime you go to Kansas City you’ve to have the barbecue,” Reynolds said. “I went there with Buck O’Neil a lot.
"The reason we ended up in there was George was telling me a story that wasn’t in the piece. He’d gone to Buck’s funeral and after the funeral he was with his boys and they said, ‘Dad, Buck would want us to go to the restaurant and have barbecue.’ So they paraded in there in their suits and went to eat barbecue there. So that’s how we ended up at that place, kind of as a tribute to Buck.”
You can see Reynolds’ video of Brett, who talked about baseball, Graig Nettles and Tom Watson, here:
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