The Royals Are Like A Family

Except A Family Can't Be Traded

Brad Fanning
May 01, 2017 - 1:48 pm

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If you're a parent, you know it's rare when all three of your kids have great days at the same time.  Little Sparky decides today's a good day to bust out his Crayola's and do some artwork on your freshly painted walls. Little Ginger got thirsty and went straight for the Drano and little Jimmy picked today as the best day to shave the cat. 

I view the Royals' three kids as the offense, defense and pitching.  And all of them are being little hellions right now.  They deserve to be put in timeout or sent to juvie by their parents Dayton Moore and Ned Yost, who joins Fescoe In The Morning Wednesdays at 9am. 

Like in parenting, you accept that your kids are going to be a pain in the a$$ for a decent amount of time.  You know they're not all going to be perfect all the time.  That's life.  That's baseball too.  The offense, defense and pitching, if you're lucky, may all be existing in perfect harmony for a week (maybe two if you're lucky) all season long.

The difference in parenting your kids and managing a Major League Baseball team is that you can love and discipline your kids, but you're going to trade to another family for better kids (even though you'd like to).

The reality with the Royals, is that it will get better.  But it could get worse, too.  In 1980, The Royals won the American League Pennant and went to the World Series.  They had an 8-game losing streak.  IN SEPTEMBER!  On the flip side of that, the "it can get worse side", the 2005 Royals had a 19-game losing streak, and finished 56-106.

The best parenting strategy and managerial strategy has always been, and will always be, to make the best decision you possible can at the time.  You might get it wrong, or not.

The best decision right now is love and support.  But the best decision in a month, may be to break up the family.   

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