Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What the Royals need more than decent pitching on the eve of the July 31st MLB trade deadline -- They need a winner's attitude... losing. dammit, should hurt

"After the Loss" -- Fred Patek in the dugout long after the Yankee beat the Royals in the final game of the 1978 playoffs. Photo/John Lofflin

Losing should hurt...

I know. Baseball is a long season. The best players keep an even keel. Not too high, not too low. Always look for the silver lining. There's always next year. We've got good stuff, it just doesn't translate to the game. We just have to keep going out there and grinding...


But the real problem with this team across the past quarter century is its brain trust has done a wonderful job teaching talented young players how to lose gracefully.

It's time for a some Freddie Patek attitude in Kansas City.


A few minutes later.../photo John Lofflin


  1. The Royals organization hasn't given a damn since '94, when they fired their last coach who actually did give a damn.

    It’s been nothing but free-fall since.

    1. That's a good way to date it. Never thought of that but you could draw a line there. As long as the fans are willing to string along dreaming about next year, this will not change. Suddenly Francoeur is holding back Meyers. Before that Billy Butler was holding back Eric Hosmer. Even heard one talker say Cain, on the DL!, was holding back Meyers. Who will the fan base decide Meyers is hold back? One of the radio talkers on the most listened to station in the world this morning said Francoeur "is holding back the entire organization." Well, this silliness is why they can put a team on the field that doesn't give a damn for damn near 20 years, as you point out. Watched a few innings last night and saw a half-hearted attempt by Cain to field a blooper that went to the fence and would have been the winning run if the home plate umpire had made the right call. The kid is here two months, half of which he's on the DL, and he already doesn't give a damn.

      Thanks for the comment.

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