The Royal(s) treatment

10 03 2010

Why is this one of my favorite cards? Well, surely by now you have seen the other Topps team cards that pepper the Series 1 checklist.  The most popular of these is card #1 of Prince Fielder and the Brewers. Other teams have the usual home plate celebration conglomeration demonstrated here by my beloved Cincinnati Reds:

Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of that this year, and I may have to bring it out each time the Reds win a game. Don’t worry, even if I do, you probably won’t see it that often. But you’d see it more than that Royals card if I agreed to do the same thing for them. That’s how confident I am this year. We are definitely better than Kansas City.

Back to the Royals team card. While other teams get their on card celebrations, the Royals get players shaking hands.  Royals fans get their team lined up like it’s the end of a little league baseball game and everyone has to show what a good sport they are before hitting mom up for a dollar or two to raid the snack bar. There’s no excitement there. No smiles. Just the team in rows, no doubt telling each other, “Good game.”

Everyone knows the Royals fans haven’t had much to cheer about in the last fifteen years. The promise of 2003 and 2008 was met with more failure in 2004 and 2009.  2010 doesn’t look very promising either, with the exception of Zack Greinke’s starts. Most are predicting around 70 wins, which means they’ll be flirting once more with 100 losses. It should be another long season in Kansas City.

But at least they are good sports about it. And they continue to play and continue to try for something, whether it’s that magical 63rd win or a Cy Young award for the league’s best pitcher. It’s why the Royals end up being a team most of us root for even though they aren’t our own. It’s hard to find someone who really hates the Royals anymore. They are like the lovable loser you want to see win big.

I wonder if Topps was going for a gentle poke at the Royals and their fans, but I prefer to think of it as celebration instead.  While there hasn’t been much cause for cheering in Kansas City since 1995, no one has accused the Royals of not trying.  No one has accused the players of throwing in the towel.

There are better times ahead for all who enter Kauffman stadium. It may just be a few more years before those days come, since most of their prospects still inhabit the lower rungs of the minors.

Until then, at least they tried to make it a good game.




One response

10 03 2010
John Bateman

I like the royals card it is a unique shot

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