Expressing thanks to Kansas City, the Royals…and baseball

As expected, probably most people right now are with their families. They are sitting around, either in the kitchen or watching football, and maybe catching up with family, depending on how “big” one’s family is. Normally, Thanksgiving is one of the more underrated holidays of the year: it brings people together without the pressure or… Read More Expressing thanks to Kansas City, the Royals…and baseball

Downtown stadiums are great…but keep Kauffman where it is

Growing up in Sacramento, California, my family had access to three baseball parks to get our baseball fix (baseball was the biggest sport in our household): Raley Field in West Sacramento, home of the Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats; Oracle (then Pac Bell) Park in San Francisco, home of the San Francisco Giants; and the Oakland Coliseum,… Read More Downtown stadiums are great…but keep Kauffman where it is

Why Royals-Cardinals “feels” like a rivalry (even if it may not be one)

One of the challenges of being a Kansas City Royals fan is that the Royals really have no “true” rivalry in their division. Sure, battles against the Twins, White Sox, Tigers, and Indians can feel heated every now and then. But a rivalry with any of them? That seems tougher to justify, especially now with… Read More Why Royals-Cardinals “feels” like a rivalry (even if it may not be one)

Imagining a Royals Baseball Academy 2.0 (with the help of the Urban Youth Academy)

Just last week, in the wake of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Joe Posnanski (a former Kansas City Star columnist) hosted a podcast with Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and Royals general manager Dayton Moore. The main topic of the excellent podcast was race and baseball, specifically African-American involvement in Major League Baseball,… Read More Imagining a Royals Baseball Academy 2.0 (with the help of the Urban Youth Academy)

Frank White: The “KC Story”, 1986, and the “Royals Divorce”

Part of the “African-American Royals Project” Series There are only three retired numbers in Kansas City Royals history: No. 5, George Brett; No. 10, manager Dick Howser; and No. 20, Frank White. White continues to be the most fascinating of the three to this day. In many ways, White is the “Kansas City Story” in… Read More Frank White: The “KC Story”, 1986, and the “Royals Divorce”

Sherman and new Royals ownership will show true colors as challenges of returning to play unfolds

There’s no question: America misses Major League Baseball. Kansas City misses Royals baseball. There is no doubt that the summer would be a much drearier time, especially in Kansas City, if baseball does not resume in any form, either with or without fans, in 2020. However, it seems like the challenges of resuming play are… Read More Sherman and new Royals ownership will show true colors as challenges of returning to play unfolds

#RoyalsCity: Waldo Pizza and the allure of “St. Louis-Style” Pie

As someone who grew up in California, pizza has always fascinated me. While “California Style Pizza” is a thing, in a Wolfgang Puck-bastardized way, I never grew up eating the stuff. My dad, who lived in New Jersey for a good portion of his life, was a “New York Pizza” kind of guy which meant… Read More #RoyalsCity: Waldo Pizza and the allure of “St. Louis-Style” Pie