Whether you’re a native Kansas Citian or simply a long-time Royals fan, this is more than disorienting: where the hell did this offense come from; why aren’t the Royals tripping over their own long pants 3; Billy Butler stole what? None of this seems real. As scripted as the Royals’ progression through the playoffs feels, I keep expecting Yost to screw up so thoroughly that even his sky-high players can’t save his clueless ass.
But at the back of my mind is also this niggling cross-reference to the 1919 Black Sox World Series.
That couldn’t happen in today’s world, right?
- Vegas’s then odds-on favorites at 7 – 1, the Los Angels Dodgers, are long gone. Same with the Detroit Tigers, who opened at 8 – 1. ↩
- No, no odds on their sweeping the whole thing. But then…I didn’t look. I expect you could get a play on that bet somewhere. ↩
- Have I mentioned how I hate that particular ‘innovation’? In addition to being a continual pain in the ass (how many times during the play-offs have you seen a batter reach down and ‘dress’ his pants hem just so over his cleats? So far my count is a dozen.), stirrups add that certain je ne sais quoi to baseball’s uniform – without them you might as well play in jeans and a white t-shirt. ↩
- The logical portion of my mind says “Right; the Angels and The Orioles just spent too much time perusing admiring articles written about them instead of preparing to play game; the Royals were supposed to suddenly fall aside from Baseball’s Betters. That they refuse to bow down left both teams agog.” The illogical portion of my mind (admittedly somewhat larger than the rest) says “It could be done; all it would take is one or two players on each team…” Not sure which side I want to be correct. ↩