I am going to be the first person to say. The Kansas City Royals will not make the postseason in 2012.
As a blind and loyal Royals’ fan, I have continued to remain optimistic year after year, struggle after struggle. The recent of development of potential stars such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas provides hope for the future. Our core group of young players would make any organization excited. The addition of starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez provided excitement to fans as he is a quality strikeout pitcher and proved the organization knows they have something special brewing in K.C.
However, this hope was quickly extinguished as soon as I turned on SportsCenter yesterday. Royals’ American League rival, the Detroit Tigers, signed first base slugger Prince Fielder. The Tigers now have offensive protection for superstar Miguel Cabrera, who finished fifth in the A.L. MVP voting. Combine this addition with the return of A.L. MVP Justin Verlander, and you have the formula for the Royals finishing no higher than second in the division. Any hopes of the Wild Card are shattered by the American League East, as they have three of the tops teams in the entire A.L.
Many St. Louis Cardinals’ fans are still in mourning over the loss of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I was one of the many loyal Royals’ fans who constantly reminded members of Cardinal Nation that their best player now donned a “halo.” However, karma came to back to haunt me. Well played, Tigers.