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Danny Parkins: Royals Facing Early Must-Win Games
by Danny Parkins,posted Apr 27 2011 5:19PM
The Royals are about to play their first must –win game of the season. And yes, I know its April. And yes, I know this team likely won’t be competing for anything real this year. But the Royals need to win one of these next two games against Cleveland for the fans. If they don’t, they risk losing all the good will that they conjured up through the first three weeks of the season.
No one is going to hold it against them that they got swept by the defending AL Champion Rangers. But getting swept by Cleveland, when you just took 2 of 3 from the same over-achieving Indians just a week ago, would be another story entirely. And while the difference between getting swept and winning one game is exactly that – one game, it will look and feel entirely different.
If the Royals win one game, they come back to Kauffman to face the Twins at 13 – 12. Over .500. If they get swept and return 0 for the road trip, then they’ll be 12 – 13, under .500, and losers of 9 of 11. My guess is, attendance for the weekend series against the Twins won’t be pretty.
To that you might say, ‘But Danny, Royals attendance is never pretty.’ And you’d be right. Except this year it’s been especially bad. And Kansas City has plenty of company. According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the Royals attendance is down 17% from the same point last year. And attendance is down across the sport, including in some places where you wouldn’t expect it, like at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. But when the weather warms up, you know those places will be packed. We don’t know that about Kauffman.
This Royals team plays an exciting, fan – friendly, brand of baseball that as long as they are somewhat competitive, I believe the people of Kansas City will support. That’s our job as fans, to support the team. And supporting a team above .500 is a lot easier than one below .500.
Now it’s the Royals turn to do their job and win a game.