Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is a novel by Richard Farina. It could also be an anthem of sorts for long-suffering fans of the Kansas City Royals.
The name of the protagonist in the novel is Gnossos Pappadopoulis -- which is fitting, here, in a Greek way, since one of the protagonists in the Royals clubhouse goes by the last name Moustakas.
Mike Moustakas got off to a very bad start this season. It seemed like most of his outs were lazy foul balls. When he was in the field, Moustakas made at least two errors on grounders that went right through his legs.
In the midst of this, a funny thing was happening at The K. The Royals were actually winning Major League Baseball games.
Most Royals fans are justifiably suspicious. Any time now, a player will get his head stuck in the tarp, a ball will hit a seagull…or Chris Getz will miss two games with allergies.
The first thing in the previous paragraph happened years ago to Ken Harvey, the second thing once cost th...