Kansas City is meant to be a baseball town. Go Royals
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City seems to be putting on a first-rate celebration of baseball in the buildup to Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It is great to see the town alive and have baseball legends and legends-in-making strolling the streets.
I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing 1985 nostalgia. That year, we didn’t have to have Major League Baseball choose us as its All-Star city. The Royals made it happen by winning the American League pennant and then the World Series.
Kansas City is meant to be a baseball town. It has the Negro Leagues Museum. George Brett, one of the heroes of ‘85, is still perhaps the most recognizable and popular Kansas Citian. And yet — you know where this is going — except for a couple of years with Bo Jackson playing in the outfield, our Major League Baseball team hasn’t given the town much to get excited about since 1985.
That’s a really long time. I will always be a bit sad that my son, now 20, spent his entire childhood without experiencing what a winning season is like for his hometown team.
Still, hope springs eternal. Despite a terrible weekend in Detroit, the Royals seem to have a nucleus of talent that, with good management and some luck, could produce a winning season, maybe even the possiblity of a playoff series.
Let us hope. Kansas City shouldn’t have to wait decades for Mayor League Baseball to grace us again with an All-Star game to be a baseball town.