It is hard to be a Royals fan. For a generation, no Royals team has made a playoff appearance, truly contended, or even retained a perennial All Star. Aside from the fluke 2003 season, the Royals would be approaching, or even owning, the record for most consecutive losing seasons in professional sports. In short, Royals fans have endured one of the worst professional franchises of our time.
In the offseason, Kansas City convinced itself it could win. What did it matter that the rotation would be headed by a career journeyman, Bruce Chen, and filled out with the likes Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Felipe Paulino, Danny Duffy and Luis Mendoza? What did it matter than Ned Yost had a career record of 577-659? This was #OurTime. After essentially two decades of losing, the team was supposed to win. With the Mid-Summer classic coming to town this summer, Kansas City could finally have its coming out party on a national stage.
2012 was supposed to be different.