But after one game there where some really encouraging signs.
For starters the Royals roughed up the White Sox's new ace former Notre Dame Wide Receiver and ex-Princess Bride hero Jeff Samardzija.
|Forget what you've heard this guy is a baseball player. (USA Today)|
|Before growing a goatee and beard, Jeff played Inigo Montoya in the homeschool cult favorite, The Princess Bride|
All and all it was a very solid effort in the 10-1 victory. From the three walks drawn by Morales to Alex Rios going 3 for 4 it was a most exciting Opening Day. The only moment of cringe worthiness was when Yordano Ventura fell to the ground with a cramp in his thumb. Definitely something you do not want to see from your ace who just signed a big extension. But luckily it was as they say just a thumb cramp.
Aside from the big victory, the other feel good story was the solid top of the nineth pitched by Ryan Madson. After being out of the big leagues since 2011 it was definitely a cool moment to see (or hear on the radio as I did) all of Ryan's hard work to get back being fulfilled.
Of course to see these rings and the AL Pennet getting raised were also very much feel good stories, many years in the making.
|Royals’ 2014 AL championship ring. (|
So as the Royals get ready for tonight's game it is of the utmost importance to let the words of wisdom Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom ring through our heads:
"The Sox have the best hitter on the field in this series. They have the most to lose by resorting to some kind of fake-macho baseball. Being dumber than the Royals doesn’t help you get past a divisional opponent that went to the World Series. Being smarter and better than the Royals, now that helps a lot."
True words of wisdom. However it is just a shame the White Sox will never have the cunning to outsmart the Royals, maybe in the days of Trey Hillman or Buddy Bell, but no one in the world has the smarts of Ned Yost. And certainly you cannot base your hopes on being better than the Royals because that is just something impossible. Enjoy the game and thanks for reading!