After being told her countrymen were starving due to widespread bread shortages, Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, quipped, “Let them eat cake.” ( sweet cake, being a food requiring less ingredients than the sustenance providing bread they needed) This comment, which may or may not have been uttered, took on symbolic importance leading up to the French Revolution. It demonstrated the obliviousness of the Royal upper class.
No, this is not a rant on the wealth gap, or an indoctrination on trickle down economics. This is about us peasants, the Royals Fans, demanding even more from this off-season.
I loved David Hill’s Scrooge analogy, saying how David Glass has seen the light and opened up his pocket-book for a change. I’ll run with this theme some more. David is still being Bob Ratchet to Mr. Glass’s Ebenezer Scrooge. Me, I’m still a mad as hell commoner ready to burn down the Queen’s castle if I don’t get my bread.
I am pleased with the mature, sound, baseball decisions the team has made so far. Damn it, I am proud of Dayton Moore. He seems to be, dare I say, evolving and growing.
The Royals blatantly entered last season with an embarrassing situation at right field and second base. These were decisions that smacked of Moore’s stubbornness more than Glass’s greed. Now they have bona-fide major leaguers at both spots, that solve on base percentage problems at the top of the line up. He has bench players that will demand accountability from previous sacred cows, Alcides Escobar, and Mike Moustakas.
Moore has begun to break free from his self constructed jail of stubbornness.
The line up is better now than it was last year, and that’s worth a some wins. However, the starting rotation is weaker than it was last year, and that will cost several wins. The quality decline from the rotation will trickle down on a now more heavily taxed bullpen. (A bullpen that could never be expected to replicate the level of success enjoyed last year)
It feels to me like Moore is really doing his job well this off-season. He just needs more from Glass in order to sign that front line starting pitcher. That move would push this team into “expected contender status”, instead of ” if everything falls right contender status”. If the Royals sign a top of the line starter, they can compete for the division, even if everything doesn’t go right. Imagine all the people …..
Seriously, why create a scenario, where you have to hope for things to go perfectly to reach your goals? Why stop now when you are so close, and it has been so long? Considering the incredible return on investment, why not take the pay roll from 92M to 112M? Mr. Glass, why can’t you go for it right now?
Mr. Glass, you heeded the advice of the Ghost of Royals Past. Gone are the days of a wretched major league product that’s married to a horrible farm system. You listened to the Ghost of Royals Present. You hosted one heck of an All Star week, and increased your pay roll to a modest level. But you are not saved yet sir.
Listen to the Ghost of Royals Future ( that’s me dude). Throw some money around. Dance in the streets old man. Because you can’t take it with you, and it’s almost Christmas.