Monday, April 17, 2006

Happy Trails

That's it.

I'm done.

I've enjoyed my time writing about the Royals here at the Daily Lancer. It has been rewarding to build a small but loyal readership of fellow Royals fans. And I will be a lifelong Royals devotee, even living in the belly of the beast here in New York City. I am a Royals fan through and through.

But I just can't muster the level of energy and enthusiasm it takes to write about this team.

The Weatherman may be around to post when he returns from his European vacation, but the Daily Lancer is signing off.

Godspeed, Kansas City Royals.


At 5:38 PM, Anonymous tfn said...

Farewell, Daily Lancer. We've enjoyed and appreciated your writings. Its too bad that the Royals can't field a team worthy of blogging devotion.

I presume and hope we'll still see you over at or FanHome or whatever that Royals forum is called.

At 1:58 AM, Anonymous Alex F said...

I know it looks bad now, but this team may be interesting yet this year. After the initial wave of frustration and severe pessimism lets up, this team could possibly string together a good month or two. Remember just a week and a half ago when it looked like we could actually hang around with some clubs?

There are plenty of interesting storylines that I can foresee:
- Greinke returning to the club
- Gordon getting called up
- What to do with Huber, if he continues his torrid destruction of Omaha pitching
- Joe Mays losing his job in the rotation
- Bautista coming off the DL and giving the Royals sporadic bursts of dominance.
- Mike Sweeney trade rumors
- J.P. Howell dominating AAA and getting his second shot in June or July.
- Drafting a primo college arm (Miller) that can rise quickly through the system and actually give the Royals a bonafide future ace
- Resignation of Allard Baird

Now, I can understand where it gets to the point where you get so fed up with the team that you can't write about it anymore, but I predict you'll be back before the season's out. What exactly has changed in this first couple of weeks? It would have been nice if we could have hung around for awhile, but nobody was expecting it. The Royals are going through a bad stretch right now, a horrible stretch, but that doesn't mean they are this bad and that they won't get any better.

You may ask what the point of following any of the above storylines is if they're not winning ballgames. Well, the chance still reamins, slim though it be, that the Royals could win ballgames in the near future. I know that there has been very little to verify such optimism, but you have to have some hope at least. I would rather you retire from blogging than continue to do so with nothing but negative, nagging remarks. If someone does that, they really should walk away, because what enjoyment is there in being a fan with that outlook?

Or if you want you can look at it from this perspecitive: Is winning the bottom line? NO. Winning is the GOAL. We can still enjoy the journey, whether or not it reaches its intended destination. Bad baseball is still baseball, and baseball is a good thing.

So, happy trails, if you must, but lets keep things in perspective and not get too melodramatic. I hope to welcome you back soon.


At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Resignation of Allard Baird?

Allard Baird shouldn't be allowed to resign. He should be forced to finish out the season, and watch everyone of this year's 100-plus losses from the press box. Then he should be reassigned to press box usher and forced to watch the Royals lose 100 more games in 2007 because of his past incompetence.

Then, once that is done, he should be handed a ceremonial Japanese dagger and be told to do the honorable thing.

Resignation is WAY too good for Allard Baird.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ritual suicide is too good for him, too. Cement overshoes baby!

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we burn Allard at the stake on the pitchers' mound at the K? I bet that would be the first sellout for the Royals in years!

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Will said...

Hopefully the Royals can have a fluky winning season at some point and you'll get roped back in.

Thats about the best we can hope for.

Goodnight, and Good Luck.
Royals Review

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's definitely time to change the name of this blog. No longer is it The Daily Lancer. In light of how the Royals are doing, it is "The Lanced Daily."

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fluky winning season is a mirage as long as Allard Baird is running the show. I think a fluky 70-win season might even be asking too much at this point.

I think Allard Baird is truly a plant. He is an agent of the Cardinals sent to K.C. as revenge for 1985. He will not stop until we have eclipsed the '62 Mets.

Good thing Greinke bailed before the season started. Otherwise he might be suicidal by now.

At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royals win!

David Glass opened up negotiations with Allard for a contract extension tonight...

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Kirk Winkelman said...

As much as I'd like to blame Baird for this crappy team, I have to think that the ownership is as much to blame, maybe even more. It's not like Allard Baird didn't want to keep Damon and Dye, and Beltran, and all of the players we've had to trade away. David Glass just will not give him the funds to sign the players we need to keep.


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