A Royal Finish

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The Royals' Lorenzo Cain connects on a triple in the first inning during Friday's baseball game against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium . John Sleezer jsleezer@kcstar.com Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article30411153.html#storylink=cpy

Let me start this off by saying I absolutely despise the Kansas City Royals.  Unfortunately I am a realist, so I am going to let you know the reasons why they are going to win the World Series.  First, let me start off by saying they are NOT the most talented team in Major League Baseball. They don’t have the best rotation, or the best lineup. They do have a very good bullpen which allows them to dominate late in the ball game. But, that is not why they will makeit through the post season and win the World Series. They have attitude, they have swagger, and most importantly they don’t give a flying f*** what you think.

The Royals came into the season as a long shot to win the central division, which is surprising because they made it to the World Series last year. The Tigers have been the favorite for the past 5 years or so, and with the best hitter in the past fifty years hitting fourth they had the lineup to do it.  Miggy Cabrera isn’t alone either. He is surrounded by a cast of former and current All Stars.  They also have two Cy Young winners in their rotation. However, they did not live up to expectations and have sold off some of their high priced talent. The Indians were picked to win the World Series by Sports Illustrated. That turned out to be a flop, similar to the last time they dawned the cover. The Twins are a pleasant surprise, but they are the Twins and will blow it here in the next couple weeks.  The Royals are the only team living up to, if not exceeding expectations.

The Royals came into the season as a long shot to win the central division, which is surprising because they made it to the World Series last year. The Tigers have been the favorite for the past 5 years or so, and with the best hitter in the past fifty years hitting fourth they had the lineup to do it.  Miggy Cabrera isn’t alone either. He is surrounded by a cast of former and current All Stars.  They also have two Cy Young winners in their rotation. However, they did not live up to expectations and have sold off some of their high priced talent. The Indians were picked to win the World Series by Sports Illustrated. That turned out to be a flop, similar to the last time they dawned the cover. The Twins are a pleasant surprise, but they are the Twins and will blow it here in the next couple weeks.  The Royals are the only team living up to, if not exceeding expectations.

One characteristic that gets left by the way side in professional sports is the way teams play with confidence or swagger.  Don’t get me wrong every major league player has confidence. If they didn’t they would not be in the position they are in. But, not all teams play with confidence. They need to have a confidence in each other to succeed. This Royals team hasthat like no one else in the majors right now. They believe in the next guy, they believe in each other. They are willing to make sacrifices to get the job one.  This team has fun, a lot of fun. They started fining each other for not quoting Trap Queen in post game press conferences. Yes, this is their job, but they still play like they are kids in the back yard.

This brings me to my last point. They don’t give a f*** about what you, or anybody else thinks.  They step out on that field and know that they are going to win. They don’t care who the other team is pitching or who is in their lineup.  They won’t take being disrespected. They have more bench clearings than any other team, and they don’t care.  The pitchers will throw atyou and their base runners will slide into you.  They play to win the game, and they play for each other. This team does not care what anyone thinks. That is the most important reason whythey are successful.  This Royals team is going take this wild ride all the way to the end, and theyaren’t going to stop for anybody.