Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Radioactive man meets the Kansas City Royals

                                  When the Washington Nationals made the playoffs in 2012, it was the first time the franchise had made the playoffs in 31 years. ( 1981, when they were the Expos ) Now the Kansas City Royals hold the record for playoff futilty at 27 years...that is, since Division play started in 1969.  It was in 1969 that the Royals debuted, along with the Padres, Expos, and Seattle Pilots (who became the Brewers the next year ) as the four expansion teams added to the league.  Out of the four teams, the Royals were initially the most successful; with young players like George Brett, Willie Wilson, Freddie Patek, Paul Splittorf, and such, Kansas City were a playoff team in only their seventh year of existance.

                  Between 1976 and 1985, KC made the playoffs six times.  The first three times, they lost to the Yankees, although it seemed like evey time you turned on the T.V., George Brett was homering off a Yankee pitcher. By 1980, they finally beat New York to advance to the World Series, only to lose to the Phillies in six games.  They won the west in 1984, but had to wait another year to advance to the Series again. The 1985 World Series will always be remembered for game six, where Don Denkinger blew a call at first base, ( Jorge Orta was out by a mile ) which led to a KC Rally, and eventual win. They won game seven 11-0, to defeat the Cardinals, their last playoff game to date.

             Lots of experts are expecting great things from the Royals; just like the good old days, they're using young players from their farm system to rebuild.  Signing "Big game" James Sheilds also helped things a bit, and the fans at least of something to look forward to. The days of astroturf, bullpen cars, Dan Quisenberry, Hal McRae, Lee May, the Mad Hungarian, Larry Gura and such may not be returning, but hopefully, with all the wild cards and such, maybe they can see a little post season action. I mean, even the Pirates, who haven't had a winning season in 21 years have gone to the playoffs more for newer Royal players,.people have been touting Alex Gordon as the new George Brett...if that's the case, looks like we have a new spokes person for Preperation H...

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