This is nothing but a collection of my thoughts about the 2014 postseason to this point.
“Kansas City is hot right now. Do you think that postponing this game will be beneficial for your ball club?” A reporter asked Buck Showalter during his time with the media on Monday.
“No.” His response was short and sweet, just like Kansas City wants the rest of this series to be.
In the wise, wise words of Bryce Harper, “That’s a clown question, bro.” Is it really a clown question? Well, yeah. While history is not on our side for things like this: Blowing a 38-10 point lead at halftime in the AFC Wildcard game, Kansas blowing an 11-point lead with just over two minutes left, and number two seed Missouri losing to number fifteen seed Norfolk State in the first round of March Madness. All of these heartbreakers raise some eyebrows, but I wholeheartedly believe that the Kansas City Royals will win the American League pennant. I mean, let’s look at the facts: The Kansas City Royals are undefeated this postseason, they take a 2-0 lead over Baltimore back to Kauffman Stadium, and there have been eleven times in the LCS that the road team has won the first two games. Of those eleven times, every single time the team that has won the first two games has made the World Series.
Something I found interesting was the attitude. Not just the attitude on the Royals squad, but the attitude about the attitude. Andy McCullough of the KC Star asked Jarrod Dyson if he expected the team to return to Baltimore, Jarrod’s answer was inspiring, to me at least, “No sir, I don’t. And I don’t think they think that, either.” I liked what Dyson said, but not a lot of people agree. Some saw it as “cocky” or “arrogant” while others said that they are a young team that haven’t been to the playoffs in 29 years and are just having fun. Whether you think it’s cockiness or not, it boils down to this: The Kansas City Royals haven’t been to the playoffs in 29 years before this. If they’re cocky, they deserve to be.
I asked twitter to describe the Royals postseason run in one word, and I got words like: Epic, enigmatic, mesmerizing, and unexpected. For me, I would describe this run as magical. A postseason with sensational comebacks, and surprising victories. I think “magical” covers all the bases.
Now I leave you with a quote from Joshua Weinstock: “Hark! Ye who have wandered in the wilderness for 29 years, behold, my brothers, this is the return of Blue October.”