For a team that has very little to celebrate, it sure seemed like there was a lot more going on than meets the eye at the Overland Park Convention Center on Thursday night. I had the privilege to attend the event and was nothing short of blown away. The night was amazing. From the pre-party in the lobby, all the way to the awards show itself, the Royals pulled out all the stops.
I won't talk about how moist the rolls were, how touching Ryan Lefebvre's introduction of Zack Greinke was, or how perfectly tender the steak was. I will however speak on how I had my sense of hope renewed by a guy who wore the Royals uniform for only one season. David Cone revitalized my hope. Introducing Zack Greinke, along with Bret Saberhagen and Ryan Lefebvre, Coney delivered a speech that would get even Denny Matthews fired up. Cone hearkened Royals fans back to a time when Amos Otis, George Brett and Frank White ruled Royals Stadium. He passionately spoke about how the Royals were always on top back then and how they had to be back on top. That is the only way it should be. Then he turned to Billy Butler and Zack Greinke and said: "You guys are the key to bringing that back."
At that point, I had chills running up and down my spine. Sure we may have screwed up in signing Scotty Pods and Kendall. But look folks, we've got the best young first baseman in all of baseball. We have the best pitcher in the world. We have a closer that has ice water in his veins. My point is, my belief was restored tonight. The belief that this team is headed in the right direction. Belief that Dayton Moore can be a competent Major League GM. Belief that everything can go right at Kauffman Stadium for one magical summer. We're due folks. That has to count for something.
Keep the faith.