Just as the Royals’ health situation seemed to be healing with the return of Alex Gordon, suddenly a childhood disease comes out of nowhere to throw the team a curveball. And several anxious days still await: Will anybody else get sick?
Jeremy Maclin is, by all accounts, a good man. Not just by the sometimes lowered standards for professional athletes, but a humble, hard-working, grateful man with an interesting story to tell. He also posted something questionable on Twitter the other day.
The Royals have played the last 48 games over 54 days without Alex Gordon, their best player, hardest worker and most admired teammate. Gordon is likely to return to the Royals on Tuesday. If not, then almost certainly this week. And we can check “long-term injury to the best player” off the list of things that could sink what could be a historic Royals season.
For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, Rex Hudler tells them, “That makes two of us.”
Tim Grimes found out he had stage 4 melanoma before the Royals got in the World Series. He was told he had seven to nine months to live. A year later, he’s still focusing on the bright side of life and the new friends he’s made along the way — Eric Hosmer, among others.
Reasonable people can disagree here, but among the Royals’ position players, there’s a good case to be made that only Lorenzo Cain and perhaps Eric Hosmer have been more valuable to the team than Mike Moustakas.
In his first start since Tommy John surgery two years ago — his second such surgery, making him a rarity — Kris Medlen was dazzling and rusty but mostly promising Monday night as the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles. It was a stimulating audition to join Kansas City’s playoff rotation.
These are strange times for the Royals and their fans. For a generation, you didn’t have to look for reasons to worry as much as reasons to worry attached themselves to you, like a jellyfish. Royals fans have dreamed for years about having these types of problems. It’d be a shame if they missed on some of the fun worrying about nothing.
The moment of certainty that the Chiefs’ second preseason game would be a giant waste of time for the first-string offense came on their second drive against the Seahawks on Friday. The Chiefs played against one of the NFL’s best pass rushing defenses with two players on their offensive line who probably won’t play this season.
Frank White, the eight-time Gold Glover with the Kansas City Royals, thinks that the bad feelings between the Royals and Oakland’s Brett Lawrie may have stemmed from Alcides Escobar’s footwork at second base.
Royals season-ticket holders received information about purchasing postseason tickets this week, and, well, much of the reaction regarding locations has been frustration. You can understand it, obviously. But it’s unavoidable when you consider that if you have a 20-game plan, up to three other people could be sharing your seat.
So it’s been a while since the Royals’ 2015 playoff chances went from possibility to certainty. They have a 12 1/2-game lead in the division, and a six-game lead over the Yankees for the best record in the league. These are strange times, indeed.
Where the reunion will lead is unclear, but Royals Hall of Famer Frank White will return to a hero’s welcome on the Kauffman Stadium field during Major League Baseball’s “Franchise Four” celebration on Sept. 1.
Will Shields was inducted Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, part of an eight-man class headlined in very dominant and different ways by Junior Seau and Jerome Bettis. Shields is different. He’s the introvert who worked himself into a football star, and the football star who worked himself into a real-life hero.
The former offensive lineman, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, is best known as a 12-time Pro Bowler who started in 231 consecutive games for the Chiefs. But his generosity outside football, forged by his experiences growing up in Lawton, Okla., is also well known.