Royals Baseball In October Is…

Royals baseball in October is The K lit up on a frosty fall night
And there is baseball to be played.

Royals baseball in October is Gordon, Cain, Aoki and Dyson surgically removing
The opposition’s will with leather gloves.

Royals baseball in October is my wife going to bed in the sixth inning each night
Because she thinks it’s good luck.

Royals baseball in October is the Hen House, Price Chopper and Hy-Vee selling
More Royals shirts than pumpkins.

Royals baseball in October is SungWoo Lee on a plane from Korea
Because he positively needed to be here.
And here positively needed him to be.

Royals baseball in October is an SUV driving down The Paseo with
A Chiefs flag and a Royals flag flapping above each front window.

Royals baseball in October is better than a Weston Red Barn caramel apple on a stick.

Royals baseball in October is a deafening roar from The K
Heard in person, on TV or radio, or imagined as you speed scroll Twitter.

Royals baseball in October is a baseball town left for dead…revived.

Royals baseball in October is crazy enough to think
Billy Butler can steal second…and then dance.

Royals baseball in October is hoping Denny gets the chance
One more time to count the number of outs to go.

Royals baseball in October is Terrance Gore going from unknown to
The A’s, Angels and O’s worst nightmare without ever swinging a bat.

Royals baseball in October is McFadden’s at the P&L exploding at midnight
As real live Royals players enter and Hosmer lifts the AL Championship trophy aloft.

Royals baseball in October is waking early to fetch The Kansas City Star
From the driveway to reveal the gems inside from Mellinger, Sleezer and McCullough.

Royals baseball in October is a blue so royal it makes autumn’s hues of
Gold and crimson curtesy to its brilliance.

Royals baseball in October is Mike Moustakas making like he is
Reggie Jackson after a season of often playing like Michael.

Royals baseball in October is a city that knows no borders.
Every man, woman and child cheers for the same team
No matter what their license plate reads.

Royals baseball in October is Ned Yost growing from dunce to darling
As his Royals win a record eight straight.

Royals baseball in October is your son or daughter wearing Royals
Gear to school with pride…for the first time in their lives.

Royals baseball in October is men acting like boys.
And their wives approving of all this silliness.

Royals baseball in October is a new son for Lo Cain and another baby boy for Holly.
Two kids who – just like Buck – were born right on time.

Royals baseball in October is Salvy dumping Gatorade
On the player of the game eight times in a row.
And it never gets old.

Royals baseball in October is Blue Ridge Cutoff, Stadium Drive and Manchester
All choked with traffic and radios tuned to AM waiting for Ryan to be back with the totals.

Royals baseball in October is 29 years late.
A game so old and slow some no longer believed it to be great.
It returns this fall to remind us of a game we almost forgot.
A game whose age and pace are frivolous when a ball hit in the gap must be caught.

Royals baseball in October is Herrera, Davis and Holland making the best hitters
In baseball look like me and you and a dog named Blue.

Royals baseball in October is the nation discovering Kansas City all over again.

Royals baseball in October is David Glass drenched in champagne.
And smiling.

FullSizeRenderRoyals baseball in October is your kid waking up and asking,
“Did we win, dad?”

Royals baseball in October is what we talk about at work
Even when we are supposed to be setting our Fantasy Football line-up.

Royals baseball in October is for all those who should be here but are not.
For Quiz, for Splitt, for Buck, for Fred White and Dick Howser,
And for all our moms, dads, sons and daughters who went too soon.

Royals baseball in October is Arrowhead flying a Royals flag atop its storied walls.

Royals baseball in October is finally giving that 1985 team a very deserved rest.

Royals baseball in October is what you told your kids would someday return
But you never really believed it.
And then the Royals rallied to beat Jon Freaking Lester.

Royals baseball in October isn’t perfect.
It’s better than that.

By Greg Hall
October 2014
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About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.
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35 Responses to Royals Baseball In October Is…

  1. mike t. says:

    nice one greg. nice one.

    Royals baseball in October is Greg Hall finally able to write the blog post about Royals baseball in October… and blinking out a few tears along the way.

  2. Jim says:

    Royals in October:

    I’ve celebrated a wild card for the ages.
    I’ve celebrated an ALDS sweep of the best team in baseball
    I’ve celebrated an ALCS sweep over a run-hot homerun hitting powerhouse
    I’ve celebrated my mother’s 82 birthday when 75 looked like a pipe-dream
    I’ve celebrated a best friends news that he is now cancer free after the worst year of his life.

    Not to put too fine of a point on it, but this is the best fucking October of my life.

    Let’s Go Royals!!

    Great read, GH! Superb.

  3. brett says:

    nice work, greg. enjoy that $414 seat.

    • Reality Matters says:

      what crap. get over it. You sound like a grieving idiot. Its a game fool. $414 for a
      baseball ticket? Got a bridge for sale. Sounds perfect for an idiot like you.

  4. Frank says:

    Come on Greg, you really think you are going to rid our memories of your incessant whine with a little cheese. Just admit you want Yost to fail and that the players and fans are just collateral damage

  5. Alphonse Tooty says:

    Greg’s pieces like this make me want to puke. Go Royals!

  6. Mysterious.j says:

    Couldn’t make it through this as there was no instruction for me to “read on”.

  7. Big D in the O says:

    Relevant Royals baseball is about keeping baseball in the forefront and keeping coverage of Chiefs preseason and college basketball in proper proportion to it’s importance.

  8. Ryan says:

    Bravo Greg, enjoying the ride!

  9. John P says:

    Thanks for putting into words the feelings of many long – suffering Royals fans.

  10. Kerouac says:

    “Royals baseball in October is”

    – a mistake the GIANTS will rectify…

    • mike t. says:

      And just how is it that the Royals playing in Oct. is a “mistake?” MLB post-season formula doesn’t suit you? They came from behind to beat Oakland. Swept the Angels and the Orioles. Swept both mind you. That doesn’t sound like a mistake, K’rac. That sounds like a bunch of guys determined to win and keep going.

  11. Hot Carl says:

    Is JoPo contributing to this site now?

  12. Bill says:

    Royals baseball in October is your kid waking up and asking,
    “Did we win, dad?”

    My 8-year old boy every morning after a game.

  13. FJH says:

    Damn there are a lot of grumpy a-holes on this board today. Take a deep breath, and relax.

  14. JFP says:

    That’s every day, actually.

  15. Rouseman says:

    Great piece Greg.

  16. Sean Cashion says:

    What a bunch of sour pussy a-holes-damn just enjoy people!

  17. david says:

    Has anybody heard about watch parties for the weekend games? I’m surprised they don’t open the K on Saturday…

  18. Kerouac says:

    Royally flushed… anybody get the name of that bus?

    GIANTS 7
    @ KC 1

    • mike t. says:

      yeah, james shields.

      • Greg says:

        Everyone needs to stop with the “Big Game” BS. He has pitched in Tampa Bay and Kansas City. Really. Having said that we have a great shot to win next two. Do that and they throw Madison Bumgarner on Game 4. Throw Shields back out there then because we likely won’t win anyways. They tie the Series at 2-2. The secret is the Giants starting staff is not deep at all. I give us great chances to win the games MB is not pitching. Do that and the Royals win in 6 games.

        • mike t. says:

          I don’t disagree, but you have to wonder about starting Shields in game 5. do we have another option? would it affect the clubhouse? dunno on either really. but if they face MB again, they’ll be a lot more ready the second time. don’t see the same whoop-ass we got.

  19. Greg says:

    I think the rotation was set as Shields, Ventura, Guthrie, Vargas then Shields again. My point is if Bochy goes Bumgarner Game 4, then we should counter with Shields and give the game away. Especially if we lead 2-1 after three games. Shields is a loss waiting to happen every time he pitches so match him up with Bumgarner. Plus he only threw 71 pitches. Win Games 2, 3, 5, and 6 and you have a World Championship. If Bumgarner pitches Game 5, then throw Shields then. One more day for Vargas doesn’t mean much if he pitches Game 4 or 5. Don’t waste Vargas’ start on the road in a 2-1 Giants win vs. Bumgarner in Game 4.

  20. Frank says:

    I have a great idea. Why don’t we lose games 2 and 3 to get SF fans super excited and then win games 4,5,6 and 7. Just to sweeten the torture though, lets “give the first inning away” in game 7 with 2 charity runs and then score 3 late to win. Wow, I didn’t think it was this easy that we could customize it. I’m sure Yost will make the dumb move of trying to win each game though

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