by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore insisted that he was committed to winning this season during the All-Star break, touching off a firestorm of protest from pundits across the internet. Writer after writer insisted that the Kansas City Royals needed to be sellers and that Dayton Moore was being unrealistic and had learned nothing from the past. I wrote that Dayton Moore was grasping at straws.
We’ve all been playing into Dayton Moore’s hand.
While I believe that the blogger set does have it right, that realism tells us this season is a lost cause and the Royals would be better served to build up the roster for future, Moore’s profession of belief in his team has to play well in the clubhouse. What might have been internally dismissed as positive media-speak has taken on added significance now that it has been roundly bashed as delusional by most pundits.
Manager Ned Yost can now play the oldest ploy in the motivation handbook: it’s us against the world.
Sure it seems ...