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.
No.
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. Greg says:

    In the World Series, it is all about winning the trophy. However you can get to four wins. Shields now has a proven track record. Of getting shelled in the post-season. Don’t have him start a game except against Bumgarner. He is our ace, right? Match him up against their ace.

  2. Frank says:

    Since Shields is a “loss waiting to happen” and you would throw him in on 3 days rest based on that assurance for game 4, why don’t we get the 2 wins with Ventura and Guthrie, pitch Vargas in game 4 to see if we can get the win against Bumgarner and then pitch Ventura on 3 days rest. Or if we don’t pitch him on 3 days rest we can pitch Shields and see if we can get the win through the regular rotation. If not put Ventura in game 6 on 5 days rest and see if Boche wants to push Bumgarner on 2 days rest. I’m going by the consensus on this board that we can beat SF’s other pitchers. I’m not on the consensus that Bumgarner can’t be beat especially if we put a pitcher in that isn’t apparently guaranteed to lose.

    • Greg says:

      Shields is the Royals ace. Publicly you say you are matching ace for ace. What you dont want is to have Vargas lose 2-1 to Bumgarner and then turn around in Game 5 & have Shields give up five runs again.

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