It has been nearly twenty years since the city of Kansas City saw their team make an appearance in the MLB playoffs. The calendar is about to flip to September and the Kansas City Royals find themselves in first place in the American League Central.
Yet, Royals manager Ned Yost is asking for fans to show up to the games. What is wrong with this picture? The team is currently two games up on the Detroit Tigers and making a splash in the playoff race for the first time in nearly twenty years. This is something fans should embrace.
More fans of not only the Royals, but of the game, should be showing up and making noise for the home team. Before the month of August started, the Tigers made big news of their own when they landed lefty ace David Price, leaving many to think that they would make it to at least the ALCS this season with a rotation featuring the last three CY Young award winners and a lineup with a two-time defending MVP.
That is not the case. In the month of August, the Royals changed things up, winning 19 games so far in the month and giving baseball fans a similar feel to the 2012 AL West race when the Texas Rangers coughed up their division lead late and gave it up to the Oakland Athletics. However, the case for the Royals goes back to the preseason when many said they would make playoffs, but only as wild card, not as a division winner.
Fans should get out and support the Royals and their underdog story of 2014. People were out to support the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Why can’t the same be said about the Royals in 2014? A manager should not be asking for more attendance, rather people should want to get out and see some of the more exciting baseball this season.