If we’re going to get technical, I’ve always been a Kansas City Royals fan. As a kid, I went to a few games with my parents and grandparents, and Dad would have ball games on TV at home. I’ve always liked sports, but would become bored easily watching the games on TV. The only sport I always really liked watching was football.
So last summer when I moved to KC, technically, I was a Royals fan. Was I a good and knowledgable and hardcore fan? No not really. I bought a Royals shirt last summer, because, “when in Rome..” I went to a few Royals games last summer, mostly because I got a pair of tickets at work, and my parents came to KC and wanted to see a couple games. I had fun, baseball was fun, the Royals were fun.
When the Royals made it to the postseason and then to the World Series last fall, the entire city was cheering for the Royals. Every single place I went, the grocery store, the gas station, the movie theatre, 5k races, the bank, etc, I would hear “Go Royals!” The players were on TV commercials, the radio hosts talked about the Boys in Blue, everything was Royal.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get caught up in the Royals Fever over the last year. Would it have been different if I still lived in Hays? Yes… I’d probably still be watching more games than I ever have before, but I don’t think I’d be SO caught up in it all. Living in KC has just taken it to the next level.
This year, add in a fantastic first half of the season this summer, and a divorce, and Royals baseball is pretty much all I’ve been watching on TV. My ex-husband wasn’t too interested in watching sports on TV, ESPN or Fox Sports were never channels we had memorized. We did watch a few Royals games together on TV, mainly last fall during the postseason and world series.
Now that I’m by myself, nearly every game that is on, I’m watching. I’ve watched the players grow this season, I’ve seen the great plays, the not-so-great plays. The home runs and the injuries. I was excited for the pitchers and catchers report in the spring, and couldn’t wait to get to The K for my first game of the season. I understand what the commentators are saying now when they talk about IBBs, a pitcher friendly field, balks, or a backdoor slider. And if I don’t know what they are talking about, I care enough now to either look it up, or text Dad or my brother-in-law to ask. If I can’t watch the game, I usually check the score at least once or twice on my phone.
I feel like I’m invested now in Royals baseball in a way I never have been before. I feel like they are really my team. That Salvy or Alex Gordon are my buds, instead of some random guys in baseball pants on TV. I love hearing the MOOSE chant, no matter what stadium the Royals are playing in. I think the Royals have helped me this summer, cope with my divorce, adjust to living on my own, and also to make me fall more in love with living in Kansas City. All of this to say that I appreciate the Royals, and I’m happy to cheer them on. It’s a great time to live in Kansas City, and the Royals are making it even greater.
Go Royals! #foreverroyal