Royals Nightly
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Game 88- Twins 4, Royals 1 (33-55)
One day after one of the most brilliant nights in this dark season, the Kansas City Royals went back to being the Kansas City Royals. The Royals only managed one hit off of Johan Santana, although they were able to draw 4 walks, which predictably led to only scoring one run. Kimmy Gobble took a shutout into the 6th, then saw homers by Lew Ford and recently freed Justin Morneau ruin his day. Somehow Gobble managed 4Ks though, he must have seen something from Santana's work that inspired him.
Tomorrow is a huge game. Well, kinda. Taking 3 of 4 from the Twins would be wonderful. The Sox are languishing on the West Coast, and with the Sox in Oakland and their boys in KC, I'm sure Twins fans saw this weekend as a chance to gain some ground. I laugh at thier crushed hopes!!
Kudos to the Royals Nation for a nice 30K crowd at the K. I'm somewhere in the middle of the spectrum on the whole fan-support-for-a-bad-team debate, but the Royals were going for their 3rd straight win over a division rival, so I think a nice crowd was justified.
Of course, I'm still bitter that I missed last night's game. Instead I was catching Rangers-Jays in Arlington. Unspeakably hot environment to watch baseball, especially on the 3rd-base side of the diamond. Alas, I was able to see the Fenway-esque scoreboard being updated.
Finally, this scam of having volunteers work at stadium concession stands is horrible. 1) The quality of service drops completely as does 2) the speed of service. Then, when people see that they got Sprite instead of Diet Sprite, all hell breaks lose because Lucy from Springdale High Softball doesn't know what to do. Then theres the whole supposed positive economic impact of these mall-parks. I guess they don't really create 50,000 new jobs afterall. Then again, Doug Pappas told us that 5 years ago...


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