I hope you’re not stumbling too much on this post right now, especially since it is Christmas Day. I also hope you are spending this time with family, and staying warm, especially if you are situated in Kansas City, which has been basically a shoo-in for Manitoba these days (okay, that’s an exaggeration, but still).
This is just a brief post, but I just wanted to wish everyone who has followed and read this blog a Merry Christmas and holiday season (I have friends and family who are Jewish as well, so Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate as well). It’s been kind of crazy that this blog is in its third year of existence, and will begin year four after the new year.
For anyone who knows me, it’s crazy that this blog has lasted that long. Usually, many have had a one to two-year shelf life. However, I have established myself in Kansas City over the past five years, which is the longest I have ever been in a set place in my life thus far. Furthermore, being a Royals season ticket holder has definitely fueled my passion for the Kansas City Royals, and for continuing this blog.
While it hasn’t always been an easy endeavor writing and covering this team, especially with all my professional commitments, I have found this blog a source of refuge to help share and express my thoughts and analysis on one of the best organizations in baseball, even if the record doesn’t always reflect it.
Please know that I am thankful for all who have followed this blog, and all I have gotten to know over the past few years of this blog’s existence. That includes the following:
- Royals Review
- Max Rieper
- Jacob Milham
- Jared Perkins
- Alex Duvall and Royals Farm Report
- Jordan Foote
- Inside the Royals
- Mike Gillespie and Kings of Kauffman
- Royals Weekly
- DJ Jason Hydan
- Josh Keiser and Joel Penfield
- Fred Liggett and the Lee’s Summit Tribune
- Nick Pollack and the Pitcher List team
- And all those content creators I have been able to work with over the past couple of years (Cards Conclave; Christian and Slasher Sports; Jordan and Sox on 35th; Janice and Southside Sox; and I’m sure I’m missing a couple).
- All the crazy folks I have gotten to meet on Twitter, even if I vary in opinion when it comes to this Royals team.
- Kauffman Stadium and the gameday crew.
- Josh Vernier and the 610 AM Radio team.
- And of course, the Kansas City Royals, who have been an awesome team to be a season ticket holder for. (I have friends who are ticket holders for other pro sports teams and it’s not always “greener” on the other side from what I hear).
It hasn’t been the splashiest Royals team, but I still feel optimistic about this club’s outlook, especially with a new front office (sort of) and coaching regime. I’m not saying that they’re going to be the 2022 Orioles, but I think it isn’t out of the realm of possibility in 2023, which should give hope to this fanbase in the near and far future.
And if that doesn’t work out, well… we will always have this:
Go Royals and Merry Christmas!