Kansas City Royals: The underdog role suits just fine

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Royals have taken part in two of the last three World Series and are one of the hottest teams in baseball. So why is nobody talking about them?

It’s probably something that this team is pretty used to by now. A lack of respect and a willful ignorance of what they’ve been doing is almost expected at this point. Let’s face it, the Kansas City Royals will never be the darling of the sports media. There just isn’t any money in that. That’s just fine though, this team just needs to keep winning.

The Royals have been underdogs before. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when they weren’t. Yes, even in 2015 when Kansas City won the World Series, you didn’t have many people believing in them. Nor in 2014 when the team made it to the postseason for the first time since 1985. Yet all the Royals have done is beat nearly everyone.

Sure, Kansas City had a down year in 2016, failing to make the postseason. Sure, they got off to an incredibly slow start this year. However, if it were the Yankees or Red Sox riding the kind of success KC has had since the end of May, ESPN would be all over it.

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That’s ok though, we don’t expect that kind of coverage in Kansas City. We’re used to being an afterthought with the mainstream media. All the Royals will do is continue to beat their opponents and continue marching towards the postseason.

After all, Kansas City had no business in the 2014 postseason. They were going to be an early out, a cute story about the end of 20 years of futility. There was no way the Royals would even get past Oakland that year. Fast forward a month, and KC has taken the Giants to Game 7 of the World Series.

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Flukes happen though, right? That’s all it was. Well, that is until the Kansas City Royals were standing tall over the New York Mets as World Series champions. I’m pretty sure that Jonny Gomes summed up everyone’s feelings on that season.

So everyone wants to doubt the Royals again this year? You go right on ahead and do that.

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The Kansas City Royals are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. I’m not even referring to their recent nine-game winning streak. I’m talking about all the way back into June, and even May. I’m talking about a team that has gotten better as the season has progressed.

This is something that the Boston Red Sox should be aware of now. The Royals have now won both their series against Boston. That’s a team with a good bit of hype, and Kansas City has had their number this year. They’ve also held their own against a number of other teams with postseason aspirations.

The Royals are 16-9 in July, with a game against Baltimore tonight to end the month. They went 17-9 in June. Supposing Kansas City gets the win tonight, that’s back to back months with under ten losses. Some might look at that and think this team is pretty good.

Over the past couple of months the Kansas City Royals have turned themselves into legitimate contenders. Of course there are still some areas to improve, but the Royals are one of the most solid teams in baseball right now. That won’t get them any love from the mainstream media, but that’s just fine. It’s not like they’ve shown the Royals any love in the past.