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Thursday, July 05, 2012

ESPN: Royals fans ‘tired of waiting’

write a song about it.

It starts with a photo of a baby. The kid’s not more than 4 months old. For years, Scott Biel would hear the story of the chutzpah his dad needed to acquire this picture because, technically, it was against the rules to go behind the ropes and ask a player to pose with a kid, but how could anyone say no to a cute little baby? Paul Biel drove 3½ hours from Hutchinson, Kan., that day to get a photo of George Brett, and Brett was good enough to hold Biel’s little bundle of a son and mug for the camera. And another Royals fan was hooked.

They did not know that, in a few months, Brett would be soaked in champagne, celebrating a World Series title for the Kansas City Royals. They did not know that these snapshots would be as good as it gets.

Where does the time go? Twenty-seven years, and Scott Biel is a bearded young man grilling hamburgers in the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium. He’s a geologist now. He is wearing a powder-blue jersey with no name on the back, and that’s advantageous, he jokes, because the moment he gets attached to a player, the Royals inevitably trade him.

So young, so cynical. This is the Royals’ Generation Y, as in, “Why do we put ourselves through this every summer?” But it’s almost like an addiction; Biel can’t quit them. He has seen a 100-loss season. Four of them in five years. He has watched Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran leave town in their prime. But here’s the biggest thing: Unless you count that year when he was teething, Biel has never seen his team in the playoffs. The Kansas City Royals have not been back to the postseason since that magical ‘85 year, the longest drought in baseball.

“Every year,” Biel says, “they say this is going to be the year. And every year, this is not the year.

“I’m tired of waiting.”

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Its so bad here Randy Newman should write a song about it.

It starts with a photo of a baby. The kid’s not more than 4 months old. For years, Scott Biel would hear the story of the chutzpah his dad needed to acquire this picture because, technically, it was against the rules to go behind the ropes and ask a player to pose with a kid, but how could anyone say no to a cute little baby? Paul Biel drove 3½ hours from Hutchinson, Kan., that day to get a photo of George Brett, and Brett was good enough to hold Biel’s little bundle of a son and mug for the camera. And another Royals fan was hooked.

They did not know that, in a few months, Brett would be soaked in champagne, celebrating a World Series title for the Kansas City Royals. They did not know that these snapshots would be as good as it gets.

Where does the time go? Twenty-seven years, and Scott Biel is a bearded young man grilling hamburgers in the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium. He’s a geologist now. He is wearing a powder-blue jersey with no name on the back, and that’s advantageous, he jokes, because the moment he gets attached to a player, the Royals inevitably trade him.

So young, so cynical. This is the Royals’ Generation Y, as in, “Why do we put ourselves through this every summer?” But it’s almost like an addiction; Biel can’t quit them. He has seen a 100-loss season. Four of them in five years. He has watched Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran leave town in their prime. But here’s the biggest thing: Unless you count that year when he was teething, Biel has never seen his team in the playoffs. The Kansas City Royals have not been back to the postseason since that magical ‘85 year, the longest drought in baseball.

“Every year,” Biel says, “they say this is going to be the year. And every year, this is not the year.

“I’m tired of waiting.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: July 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4173775)
Theh Royals have the best record in the AL Central since April 24. Patience, fans, we're almost there.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4173780)
I thought Ray Davies wrote that song.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4173789)
Theh Royals have the best record in the AL Central since April 24. Patience, fans, we're almost there.


Moore has been Kansas City's general manager for six years, and it is believed that not even once has he felt compelled to run his fist through a wall. He's not wired that way. He's calm and unwavering and tells Royals fans to trust The Process.

The Process, he says, will take eight years.
   4. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: July 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4173795)
Well, I hope The Process pays off soon, because I'm gettin' old.
   5. Craig in MN Posted: July 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM (#4173891)

Theh Royals have the best record in the AL Central since April 24. Patience, fans, we're almost there.


It is starting to look like a much closer division than it has been in a long time. Even with the magic of selective end points (right after KC's 11 game losing streak), all AL-C teams are within 2.5 games of each other over that stretch. The White Sox were slightly better in that stretch actually, but it's looking like an interesting division.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4173963)
Hope the Royals don't go 86 years between championships - makes folks cranky.
   7. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM (#4173969)
David Glass is tired of waiting too. Why can't every day be free money for selected owners day?
   8. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4173984)
Breaking news bed bug epidemic strikes 20% of your city homes.
   9. John DiFool2 Posted: July 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4174010)
Waiting, to be born again

Wanting, the saddest kind of pain
Waiting for the day when I will crawl away

Nothing is what I feel
Waiting, for the drugs to make it real
Waiting, for the day when I will crawl away

Waiting, to be disciplined
Aching, for your nails across my skin
Waiting, for the day when I will crawl away
   10. Dat Yat Posted: July 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM (#4174011)
It's not just that the various Royals teams have been bad, but the owner is one greedy SOB. He got the taxpayers to pick up a big chunk of the stadium renovations and on top of it ticket prices have been soaring. Add in the MLB welfare Glass gets and I think people are tired of making this rich man richer while he fields the cheapest team he can scrape up.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4174156)
I thought Ray Davies wrote that song.

It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4174179)

It's not just that the various Royals teams have been bad, but the owner is one greedy SOB. He got the taxpayers to pick up a big chunk of the stadium renovations and on top of it ticket prices have been soaring. Add in the MLB welfare Glass gets and I think people are tired of making this rich man richer while he fields the cheapest team he can scrape up.


Yea, I wish he was more like the other MLB owners who privately built their stadiums and kept ticket prices low.
   13. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: July 06, 2012 at 12:38 AM (#4174243)
Ain't got no ambition
I'm just disillusioned
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want
I don't wanna be here

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