Could there be any other way? Nearly one month to the day Sal Perez walked us off and sent the Royals to the ALDS, one game remains.
One game to the championship.
I’m just going to go ahead and answer my own question. No. There couldn’t be any other way. Baseball demands a one game, winner-take-all contest for the title. After the Royals postseason, it’s the only way.
I’d like to do something different with this post. I know we don’t get many comments here, but if there was ever a day to comment, it’s today. Back in 2004, when the Boston Red Sox were on the cusp of winning their first World Series in decades, the bulletin board Sons of Sam Horn had a thread that was simply called Win It For. At the time I thought it was a very cool gesture and I told myself in the unlikely event the Royals were ever on the precipice of a championship, I would love to steal the idea do the same thing.
So today, Game Seven, I’d like to turn this blog over to you. Please leave a comment today. Who would you love to share this with? Who will you share this with? Who will you be thinking about tonight? It can be anyone… Your favorite Royal who never won, a die hard you’re friendly with, or a family member who brainwashed you with the Royals Way. Dedicate this to someone. This moment calls for it.
If you don’t mind, I’ll get us started…
Win it for Mike Sweeney. Who always gave this organization everything he had.
Win it for Kevin Appier. Underrated and under appreciated. But one of the best ever.
Win it for Art Stewart. Who never wavered in his faith and truly bleeds Royal Blue.
Win it for Buck O’Neil. Who would have loved this team.
Win it for 1985. So we can add another team to the pantheon of Royal greats.
Win it for Kansas City. A true baseball town starved for a championship.
Win it for the generation under 35. How they are Royals fans has always boggled my mind. True dedication. And such loyalty. This is their time.
Win it for my father and grandfather. Both now deceased, I went to the last Game Seven with them. They will be with me tonight.
Finally, win it for my kids. May they become brainwashed like Dad. They’re close. Winning tonight will most certainly push them totally over the edge.
Thank you for reading us for the last nine years. One game.
Let’s Go Royals.