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Let’s take a look at some performances over the past three seasons when the Royals were counted out:
White Cleat Beat
- July 21, 2014 — The Royals lost 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox to fall to 48-50. Local radio talk shows centered around how this team failed to live up to its potential. Said team finished the season 41-23 to clinch its first playoff berth since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
- September 30, 2014 — Kansas City trailed Oakland 7-3 in the top of the sixth inning of the AL Wild Card Game. The fans had fired Ned Yost, traded Eric Hosmer and turned their attention to the Chiefs. The Royals eventually won 9-8 and played in some best-of-seven tournament named the World Series.
- September 1-30, 2015 — An 11-17 month had fans lamenting the fact Madison Bumgarner existed. The Royals finished the regular season 4-0 in October and won a few more that month en route to winning that above mentioned tournament.
- August 5, 2016 — A brutal 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays put the Royals at 51-58 and left for dead. All Kansas City did was win 14 of its next 16 to put a scare into CBS Sports writer (and “Orioles, Boston Red Sox and whatever team is playing well that day” fan) Jason La Canfora as well as the rest of the American League.
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