Welcome Back To the Dance

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Well, here we are. The day every Royals fan has been dreaming about for almost thirty years. The day where you could finally look at the box scores and see a little “z” next to our teams name indicating that The Royals have clinched a playoff spot.

I suspect today is somewhat challenging and confusing for most Royals fans. We are in unfamiliar place with an uncertain future lying ahead. Questions like “what’s next?” and “where do we go from here?” confound us and the answers may be just as murky. While we ponder these questions know this, there are some certainties. The Royals are going to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

Take a second and let that sink in.

OK, whether The Royals go into the playoffs as a wild card or winner of the central shouldn’t really matter now. Sure, it would be nice to win the division, but what really matters is this: our collective wishes have been granted. The baseball gods smiled down upon The Royals this season and graciously allowed us access to October baseball. Just saying “Royals baseball in October” sounds strange. By now most fans have been conditioned to pick another team to root for as the playoffs heat up or tune it out all together, but not anymore.
When the reality of playoff baseball sets in, the magnitude of this season and all of its ups and downs can be felt. The Royals, a team that for so many years been the punch line to a joke, has punched a ticket into the postseason.

As we enter the final weekend of the regular season, it’s time for every fan to take a deep breath and drink all of this in. We should all take a minute to reflect on the grit and determination of this team; a team with very little in the way of power, but one that is overloaded with heart, speed and passion. This year’s team has been resilient from the start and has continued to prove critics wrong. All of these factors could take this team deep into the post season and make this team a formidable opponent.
September 26, 2014 will be flashbulb moment for many, but remember, this is only the beginning. If The Royals continue to play loose, keep hitting and keep getting outstanding starting pitching, they should go far. But, no matter what happens, there is no denying that this has been one fantastic year!

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