Josh Klingler: where's the reset button?
I'm trying to believe, I really am, but I'm as jilted as you probably are already about the state of the Royals. Less than a full homestand in and we're all wondering if it's reassessment time?
Maybe reassessing isn't quite right. I had the hope and expectation that this team could battle for .500 this year and at least make it a bit interesting into the second half of the season. I wasn't overly confident of 81-81 but more than willing to be surprised and excited for better. Now after a 3-9 start, it almost feels insurmountable already.
I know people want to compare it to a football start. But I don't think that's a fair comparison. 0-1 or 0-2 can be overcome. Being forced to play +6 baseball over the next 150 games to go .500 doesn't seem that easy. Someone texted in to the show and said that it's more like golf .. you logged a snowman 8 on the opening hole and now you've got to find four birdies over your next 17 holes just make par. Doable yes, but if you start to press, it's over.
I have been a Royals fan my entire life, but mostly from afar having lived and worked in Iowa and Illinois along the way until moving here in 2003. Trust me, that was easier then.
I could avoid the box scores and tune out the upper levels on my satellite dish that had the baseball package when things weren't going well. Now, no such escape.
I've often kicked around the concept of halves in Major League Baseball, similar to what they do in the minors. Then if you had a crappy half, you could rebound in the second and still make a playoff push. I've long said that the baseball season is too long. I'd prefer 135 games and frankly probably less. I want my team to have a chance. I am to the point of creating new rules to make that easier.
I hate being at this point every year. Why can't it be like the old Nintendo RBI Baseball? I just need a way to pound on the floor and “accidentally” reset.
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