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All Righty Then – Ace Ventura Dazzles

It’s tough to have watched last night’s Royals game and not seen the future flash before your eyes. Coming off a very good rookie season, Yordano Ventura was expected to take the next step in 2015. After pitching fantastically in Game Six of the 2014 World Series, Ventura had pretty much arrived on the national […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Kansas City Royals Haiku

You know, nothing gets the blood of a baseball fan pumping like good old-fashioned (like really f’ing old, CENTURIES old, type of old-fashioned) Haiku.  Yes, I’m aware that there is @RoyalsHaiku on Twitter but they haven’t tweeted in nearly 2 years from that account so I’m here to celebrate our Kansas City Royals players with their […]
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

After today, we only have one more off-season edition of Friday Notes, and I think pretty much everybody is excited about that. Based on the plate appearances by both the Royals and the Mariners during yesterday’s game, I have a feeling nobody is more excited about that than the players. At least I got to […]
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Some Royals Observations From Last Night

I was like a kid in a candy store last night when I got to walk into Surprise Stadium for the first time of the year. Outside of the playoffs, there’s nothing quite as fun for me as the first game I get to go of the season, whether that’s in Arizona or Kansas City […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1983 Royals

1983 Season Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $9.00 Field Box $8.00 Plaza Reserved $6.00 View Level Box $6.00 View Level Reserved $5.00 General Admission $3.00 Other items Gallon of gas $0.93 First class postage stamp $0.22 Median household income $24,897 The 1983 season was pretty much a disaster in every way possible for the […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Not-So-Prospects Make Some Noise in Royals Camp

One of the best parts of spring training is getting to hear the hyperbole thrown around about what every player is doing throughout the spring. This pitcher’s new pitch looks like it could actually be his best already and that player’s new swing is going to turn him from dud to stud this year and […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

To-Do List Items Remaining for Royals

After 20 spring training games, the Kansas City Royals are probably more than ready to end these exhibition games and get to KC to take on the White Sox to start their American League championship defense. The Royals should know that the fans are pretty much ready as well, but unfortunately, their work in Arizona […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

#BounceBackJimmy

It was the autumn of 2013. The Kansas City Royals were taking their postseason chances down to the final week. Kansas City was in a reawakening of their baseball fandom and as the television scanned the packed stands on September 17, they caught a young man dancing. That man, was Jimmy Faseler. “Belly Boy” or […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nosotros Creemos! 2003’s painful paradox

Clear your mind and step back in time with me.  It is 2003.  Brittney and Christina kissed Madonna; someone decided that the Backstreet Boys should still be allowed to exist.  The Department of Homeland Security began operations; Saddam Hussein was captured by the U.S. Army.  Finding Nemo debuted;  Dawson’s Creek ended.  Arnie got elected Governor of “Cali-foh-nia.” […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

As the Royals regular season creeps closer and closer, the roster begins to take shape to some extent. Roster battles are beginning to show some separation, so we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of what we’re going to see on April 6 against the White Sox when the team is announced along the […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Crystal Ball – 2015 Edition

Every year about two or three weeks prior to the Royals starting their season, I like to get out my crystal ball and let you know how the whole season is going to go. You’re free to still watch the games and follow along with the season, but I’m not sure why you would because […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Can’t Rest On Their Laurels

Last year sure was fun, wasn’t it? I think if I told you that the Royals would make a World Series run once every 10 years but they’d be terrible for the other nine, many would likely at least think about that possibility. Of course that’s only a hypothetical and that doesn’t have to be […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Kansas City Royals seem a little too proud of themselves?

Whenever your team goes to the postseason, you always wonder/worry about whether they can follow it up with an even better season.  If your team hasn’t been to the playoffs in 29 years, you are less inclined to worry about that, aren’t you?  You really ARE just happy they got there.  You really ARE probably […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Book Trailer: The Silence, The Series, and The Season of Sungwoo

It happened, right? I mean, last year really happened. Or was it just a dream? Because at this time last year, we were pretty miserable. We were staring at the final few months of James Shields and a Mike Moustakas who was “Spring Training hot” right in the face. The season started and by July, it […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

Another week down, another week closer to Opening Day for the Royals in what has to be the least interesting camp they’ve had in some time. In previous years, there were battles for roster spots, young players who were about to burst on the scene and sometimes even some drama. This year, most of the […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Vanilla Cream Soda Syrup”

I’ve become one of them. One of the people obsessed with my soda stream. I am not exactly sure when or why I became a fan of sparkling water—is it just one of those natural progression things (i.e. you’ve reached your mid-thirties therefore your body craves the carbonated, no sugar beverage)? Although part of me […]
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Lineup Slowly Revealing Itself

As the Royals cruise their way through spring training with what is now an 8-1 record, it can be difficult at times to not read into every little thing that happens. Every time Mike Moustakas hits a ball to the left side to beat the shift, it’s natural to wonder if maybe he really means […]
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals’ Dream Continues

Two scenes from this last weekend: First, at Target on Saturday, upon spotting my “We Own The Pennant” T-shirt, the cashier proceeded to tell me about her trip to Las Vegas last October. Specifically, hearing “Go Royals!” just about everywhere she went. And I remembered that, for four weeks or so, the Royals were America’s […]
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Must Find Way to Get Through May

If this is your first year following the Royals, welcome to fandom, but there’s one thing I should warn you about before you get too deep into your journey with the team. May is no good. For some reason, the Royals have been absolutely awful in May each of the last two seasons, and it’s […]
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

What if Luke Hochevar is “fixed”?

Spring Training!!!  The time of year when your team loses 14-1 and you jokingly say to your buddy, “We’re not going to the World Series this year.”  The REAL joke between you and your buddy is that your team lost 100 games a couple of times and was a running joke in MLB and on […]
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

The Royals have actually played games. We have things to talk about! I guess we only sort of have things to talk about because there’s just the two games in the books and there’s an inherent issue that we’ve discussed multiple times regarding gleaning anything from spring training games. But still, we have games! It […]
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. Bacon and Sage Wrapped Apricots

Sweet, smoky, tart and fun, these little bite sized treats are sure to be a hit at any tailgate. Dried apricots are topped with a fresh sage leaf to add a bit of herby depth and then wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy and perfect. I like to pre-cook my bacon to a soft […]
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Face Finnegan Dilemma This Spring

It’s a sign of how far the Royals have come, and kind of refreshing, to think that as spring training gets underway, there are very few spots on the 25-man roster to determine. The lineup is set, the rotation is set, the back end of the bullpen is set. Rather than hoping someone grabs a […]
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Bullpen Will Be Better in 2015

You may think that I missed a word in the headline when I said that the Kansas City Royals would get an even better performance out of their bullpen than they did in 2014, but I didn’t. That’s because they will. Last year’s bullpen got all sorts of attention because of the way the three-headed […]
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Prospects Who Could Make An Impact in 2015

Even on the heels of a World Series appearance, a smaller revenue team like the Kansas City Royals needs to develop from within if they want to stay competitive. Those young players can serve several roles. While it’s great if one or two or even more develop into stars and cornerstones for the franchise, it’s […]
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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