The 2010 Baseball season is officially in the books. As I’ve been watching the MLB post-season I’ve found it fascinating how the TV people always try to find “story-lines” and other stuff to beef up the drama of the actual games. Why is that, I wonder. I suppose it’s so we can root for players, that perhaps, we can identify with and to persuade us to “pull” for one team/player. Ultimately, I guess it’s supposed to help us feel invested and make it that much more entertaining, especially if we have no particular affinity for either team.
Anyhow, the video montages and tributes that have been paraded out this post-season reminded me of a brief conversation I had with Royals Assistant GM J.J Picollo at the 2009 Kansas City Royals Awards Night. There was a quite moving Video Tribute to the Royals of Past and Present that evening and I was quite taken by it and how the audience was reacting as well. We were backstage and I leaned over to J.J and said “Who needs reality T.V, this is the real deal, it’s so emotional.” He quietly nodded while watching the tribute and said, “that’s what it’s all about.” Of course it is. I guess the reason why is different for every person. Your dad used to take you as a kid, you met your wife at a game, or maybe you’ve just waited around since the early 1900s for your team to cash in and your “emotional attachment” to your team is a birthright.
Regardless, any and all of those reasons prompted me to find THIS video. It was a part of the Royals Opening Day Celebration in 2009. To my knowledge, if you were not present at that game, you probably have never seen it… and you should. I think it’s a great reminder of why living in Kansas City and being a Royals fan is a pretty sweet gig.
…and, Go Royals!