The Kansas City Royals had one, seemingly simple, item on their 2018 to-do list. They needed to figure out what they had in several young players within the organization. It should not be difficult to cross that off by season’s end.
At least you would think.
Less than two weeks into Spring Training and that to-do list has been ripped up and thrown into the garbage. Players like Hunter Dozier, Adalberto Mondesi, and now (even though it was not the certainty the first two were) Bubba Starling. With the signings of Alcides Escobar, Lucas Duda and newest addition Jon Jay – playing time for the young guys seems an afterthought.
Recently, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore has made it known that the team had made an offer to former third baseman Mike Moustakas. At this point, I don’t see why you wouldn’t go ahead and bring him back. At bats for Cheslor Cuthbert shouldn’t carry near the importance as they would for Dozier or Mondesi.
My excitement to be able to watch a new crop of Kansas City Royals is fading as well. True, with the young guys there would a larger number in the loss column, but at best the team that is being constructed is a .500 team.
So GMDM – I have some things to say.
Allow me to first address the elephant in the room. Yes, you are a handsome man and wield a power within the baseball world I can only simulate on MLB The Show. Even though you probably have never noticed me in a crowd of thousands – I still feel like we have a connection.
But Dayton – how could you betray my trust this way!?!
I’m not asking for much…just a simple commitment.
You see the heart of a fan, especially one of a Royals fan, is not something you should choose to toy with. I have to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for each season of Kansas City Royals baseball. Six years ago I began preparing to watch Eric Hosmer leave the team. That is why I was not angered when he left.
I believed that the Kansas City Royals were headed into a rebuild. I understood cutting payroll because of the money spent the last two seasons in an attempt to return to the postseason. 2014 and 2015 were amazing times. The joy on your face was not something I could fault you for chasing again.
But you cannot simply dip your toe into a rebuild. All you do is string someone along. You have to dive in completely. In addition to that, I have feelings Dayton, and now those feelings are all sorts of confused!
Jon Jay – Lucas Duda – and even Esky, those are not the names of a rebuild!
I do not expect you to try and explain. All I ask for is honesty. I believe I deserve that much. Maybe I misread this relationship. If so, then just ignore me (I know that is probably what would end up happening anyway).
I truly do want the best for you and the Kansas City Royals. I know the good times will come back eventually. I’m sorry if I sound jaded, it’s just that I care too much at times. Despite how confused and mislead I currently feel, I will always be here to support you.
How are you feeling out there, #RoyalsNation? Do you believe in what the Kansas City Royals roster is shaping up to be? Do you have advice on how to learn to trust again? Sound off in the comments.