That was unexpected.

8 10 2008

As many of you know, I love sports, and particularly the Royals. What I didn’t realize was why. And after 23 years of rooting on the Boys in Blue, all it took was an innocent question from a Dodger fan on a message board to help me figure it out. Read below for her question and my answer.

Q: The Royals is a team that I know absolutely nothing about, as you never really hear anything form them in the rest of the baseball world. I would just like to hear from some Royals fans and hear what they love about their home team? Cheers.

Seems innocent enough, right? I thought so too. Then Mr. Sentimentality came out, as he’s so apt to do during the late-night hours.

A: To answer your question, I love the Royals because I grew up in Kansas City to a family of baseball fans. Needless to say, I learned very early on about Amos Otis, Frank White, Willie Wilson, U.L. Washington and the rest. My first really vivid memory is watching my dad watch fireworks beyond the outfield walls at a Friday night game. My old high-school coaches will even tell you my swing used to resemble Mr. Brett’s, all the way down to the finger tape.

It’s true that the Boys in Blue have been hard to watch in my lifetime, but that doesn’t really matter much to me anymore. They still usher in the warm, sunny summer months every year, and going to a game still allows me to enjoy a few simple pleasures, no matter what the outcome. You probably know what I’m talking about. Looking down upon grass that’s greener than my lawn will ever be, feeling the relief of a cool breeze on a hot July night and most importantly, just enjoying an few hours with the ones I love.

I know I could do those things at any old ballpark, but it just doesn’t feel right anywhere else but home.

I hope you’ve been treated better on other boards that you were here — and watch out for those Royals next year. I think they finally might be a fun team to root for.