With vaccines rolling out and other sports allowing some spectators, hopefully many of us will be able to watch KC Royals games in person next season.
Happy Holidays and welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s “KC Royals Wish List” series. This is the final installment of our writers’ holiday wishes for the Royals. Fittingly, today’s wish is that a trip to see the KC Royals is an option next year.
You want to be there to see Carlos Santana’s first home run at Kauffman Stadium. You want to give Greg Holland a standing ovation to show him your appreciation for his past and present contributions. You want to see what Brady Singer and Kris Bubic look like on the mound live. You want to watch newly signed Mike Minor throw a gem that gets the KC Royals closer to a playoff berth.
Even though the Royals had a losing record once again in 2020, the past season was a reminder of how much better baseball is in person. Spending time with friends and family, eating ballpark food, and explaining the intricacies to someone experiencing the game live for the first time make great memories.
We missed out on giving Alex Gordon the several-minute standing ovation he deserved in his last game. We missed watching Adalberto Mondesi tear the cover off the ball the last month. We missed Salvador Perez’s returning to the game after almost two years off and earning himself a Comeback Player of the Year award. And yes, we missed booing the umpires.
My wish today is simple. Whether it is a limited capacity, or we can safely have a large number of fans as we are able to counteract the virus, I want everyone who has the desire to see the KC Royals play gets to go to at least one game in person.
I know if the option is available I will gladly be loading up my brood and making the three hour trek to Kansas City at least once to watch the beautiful game of baseball. I will not care who we are playing, if it is a weekday game and I have to use time off from work, we will be there.
For all of us, Crown Vision will look more amazing—and not just because the Royals are making it more spectacular. The fountains will seem more majestic than they ever have. The smell of hot dogs will bring back a flood of memories. Listening to the PA announcer introduce your favorite player will be music to your ears.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that 2021 will be a much brighter year for you and the world. And we hope to see you at Kauffman Stadium.