Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inaugrual Royal Reflection

…to interpret a change in its own plans and point of view. Some old things with which we had grown familiar, and which had begun to creep into the very habit of our thought and of our lives...

I find that no phrase better suits what it is that we’re looking for going forward. Trying multiple old ways that haven’t worked collectively for us means there must be a change in philosophy, guiding principles and to obtain that change, you must question if Dayton Moore is the man to be able to invoke them. For the most part, he seems to be a stubborn person stuck in his own ways, unwilling to bend in his ideas of what makes up a successful team—even when the idea has proven itself to be inefficient and counter-productive.

…We have been refreshed by a new insight into our life…

There was an outcry this past season when Moore seemed to casually blow off defensive statistics—it was taken as he waved a hand in quick and easy dismissal. Based on how the administration has gone thus far, you wouldn’t be blamed if you were of the opinion that he does that to a lot of “advanced” stats. When you’re trying to learn something or lead people, you’re best off taking in as much data as possible to come up with a composite of what each method brings. It shouldn’t be of the general manager’s interest to find out which method, scouting or stats, is the best or most popular. Individual situations call for varied methods every time. Using 6-8 year old scouting reports to make a move on any player is an exercise of futility.

…Nowhere else in the world have noble men and women exhibited in more striking forms the beauty and energy of sympathy and helpfulness and counsel in their efforts to rectify wrong, alleviate suffering, and set the weak in the way of strength and hope…

We’re probably not alone in the world, but the entity known as Kansas City Royal Fan has shown a lot of patience, though they often talk of throwing in the towel. Talk can be very cheap as we have learned—the devoted plan isn’t going anywhere and Allard Baird’s “Plan” wasn’t ever going to be as great as he’d hoped. In my eyes, the Baird “Plan” has been replaced by the Moore “Process” but the results seem destined to remain the same. In the same way, the Royal Fan isn’t going anywhere and it’s due to the striking forms of beauty of its energy of sympathy and helpfulness and counsel.

…evil has came with the good, and much fine gold has been corroded. With riches has came inexcusable waste. We have squandered a great part of what we might have used, and have not stopped to conserve the exceeding bounty of nature, without which our genius for enterprise would have been worthless and impotent…

Much fine money has been wasted on the Jose Guillens, Kyle Farnsworths, John Bucks and many others. We have squandered a great part of what we might have used in the possible capabilities of young prospects, cheap players with names like Ka’aihue, Huber, Ramirez, Nunez, Aviles. We often fail at going far enough to give back to our bountiful nature (farm system) that has produced gems like Zack Greinke and Billy Butler. This franchise needs to travel every road possible to find its future…it too often comes up short in glory of the all-mighty worthless millionaire veteran.

…we have not hitherto stopped thoughtfully enough to count the human cost… …of energies overtaxed and broken, the fearful physical and spiritual cost to the men and women and children upon whom the dead weight and burden of it all has fallen pitilessly the years through.”

We find ourselves in a spot where we can (maybe at best) hope for a championship to cap off the 30th anniversary of our last championship. We find ourselves failing to draw a measley 2 million in attendance—a streak that goes back to the 1991 season. I find myself given quizzical looks from co-workers when I where my Royals pullover windbreaker to work. Hardcore fans are few and far between. We haven’t had the All-Star Game since 1973. It’s sad, it’s depressing, it’s Kansas City. But, really, considering all things, can we really blame them?

…With the great Government we have loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes, and those who used it had forgotten the people…”

I think this needs no explanation whatsoever.

…there has been something crude and heartless and unfeeling in our haste to succeed and to be great. Our thought has been ‘Let every man look out for himself, let every generation look out for itself,’…

There have been numerous times in our recent history where we sacrificed tomorrow in order to serve today—and each time the efforts were for naught and the end result was maybe three more wins, if that. The team that we support too often is very singular in thought and dismissal of ideas other than their own. We’ve seen them wait too long on prospects (Huber, Diaz, Ka’aihue, Aviles, Pena) and we’ve seen them rush prospects (Gotay, Burgos). We’ve seen them give too little time to prospects (Diaz, Huber) and give extended time to very mediocre players (Elarton, Pena, Jr. and Buck). We’ve seen unrealistic expectations placed on players (Teahen, Gordon). Other than success, we’ve seen it all here in Kansas City.

In conclusion, I find that I could go on and on using this speech, which will be 97 years old come Spring Training. This organization definitely needs to look inward to find what its intents are...what its aims will be. It doesn't have the money or the prestige to take the shortcuts that it continues to attempt. I look forward with great hope. Where are we in our balance of pride..? It didn't take this organization long to find its footing and to produce the memories that only older fans have. Yet it has taken almost two decades to rediscover its step in history's annals. From 1974-1989, the franchise turned in four seasons below .500 but in the succeeding years, it has had four seasons above .500. The man that wrote the above speech was a visionary, a brilliant man...the Royals could use such a brilliant man.

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