With a bunch of wide-eyed but talented young players, the Kansas City Royals returned home from a brief road trip to start last season overflowing with confidence, fully believing that the team's slogan of ''Our Time'' was apropos.
Their 10-game homestand turned out to be a flop, and that slogan a punch line.
The Royals didn't win once - not a single home win - and rarely even led during a nightmare that ultimately doomed their season: Three straight losses to Cleveland, three to Detroit and, the coup de grace, four straight to Toronto before they finally limped back onto the road.
They're intent to prevent that from happening again when the Royals open a six-game homestand against the Twins and Blue Jays on Monday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
The biggest reason Kansas City couldn't stop the bleeding last year was its pitching, which surrendered at least eight runs four times during that 10-game downer.
So when the season mercifully ended, Royals general manager Dayton Moore ...