Apr 21, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot entertains the crowd after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the game 6-5. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
I can’t stop wondering if the KC Royals fan explosion in 2012 had anything to do with owner David Glass, and general manager Dayton Moore, deciding it was time to “go for it” with their team?
You know they will deny it. Dayton Moore would certainly cite his “process” and how the KC Royals young talent was maturing and it was just “time” to “take the next step” toward building a winning culture.
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But I can’t help but believe that Glass and Moore would lose credibility within the baseball lodge if they ever admit that “the fans” affect their decision-making. I can’t help but believe that KC fans showing that they would support a winner, made it easier for Glass to pull the trigger on payroll increases.
It couldn’t have hurt. Any businessman will accept greater risks once he realizes that the rewards are bigger than he had imagined.
In a way, it doesn’t matter if my analysis is right, or even credible. It FEELS right. And watching that old video from the 2012 All-Star game certainly LOOKS like the kind of thing we now see at Kauffman Stadium after every close home win.
I love the narrative that Robinson Cano woke up a sleeping giant in 2012, and Kansas City Royals fans demand for a winner compelled Glass and Moore to act.
Hey, I’m a fan. I want to believe that what I say, think, and feel matters. So let me believe that our 2012 All-Star Game outburst helped KC Royals management field a winner after nearly 30 years of failure.
It’ll just make me scream louder.