Johnny Cueto’s turn. And now, there are no more excuses. The trade for Cueto was supposed to change the Royals’ season, and here comes the moment we find out: Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday. He came here to be the ace. You remember that.
Lorenzo Cain will give you the wrong idea if you’re not careful. If you watch him. When a baseball is in play, the Royals’ center fielder is one of the sport’s greatest athletes. But in the other, say, 23 hours and 47 minutes of Cain’s daily life, he appears, well, he appears to be in severe need of a soft chair and a foot massage.
In his Mellinger Minute, Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger says the Astros-Royals will be the most "bat-flippingest division series in the history of Major League Baseball." Mellinger also offers some insight on Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
It’s good that the process of selecting players in the NFL Draft is seen like some form of advanced neurophysics, instead of the educated guessing game that it is. The process of drafting players has greatly improved, but the results may not have. It’s striking how much improvement is still to be done.
The Royals and local government are opening the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy next fall in the 18th and Vine District, next door to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It will aim to introduce and teach baseball, softball and life skills to as many kids as possible.
The Royals are champions, again, finally, a playoff team with plenty of time to spare. This is so different than a year ago, in almost every important way, the only common denominator the only one that matters — that pure, chaotic, champagne-soaked joy as a reward for an accomplishment some eight months in the making.
Kansas City fans could see Greg Holland’s effectiveness fading and sputtering, but making the move to name Wade Davis as Kansas City’s closer required a rejection of the paternalistic, loyalty-first instinct that’s been fundamental to the Royals’ rise.