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.
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.