JACK'S SMACK: The Royals should attract big numbers this weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals are about to discover where they stack up when it comes to the fans: disposable income. I'm talking about entertainment dollars and how you choose to spend that money.

I'm really curious to see how this team draws on the upcoming home stand. There is no reason the Royals shouldn't attract at least 85,000 to 90,000 for the three-game weekend series.

I know its Seattle, but it doesn't matter; 30,000 should want to come out of see an exciting brand of baseball. Then the Dodgers come in with Greinke and Kershaw pitching next week and they should get some big numbers.

The Royals won 15 of their last 20 games. There are no excuses now. You can't blame it on the weather or that stupid, premium pricing which amounts to ticket gouging. But, I'll leave that alone for the time being. I'm taking the high road in this one.

The Royals deserve a reprieve from all the recent bashing and I'm not making excuses for them. I'm reluctantly tempering my comments on the management. I've even forced myself to tolerate Howdy Doody in the TV booth. But I do keep the mute button, nearby.

I'm just trying to soak up what's happening on the field. We haven't watched this caliber of baseball around here for 20 years. I still have concerns about the Royals’ ability to hit on a consistent basis, but this pitching staff will keep the team in it.

It's okay to be a little giddy. We don't know how long it's going to last. I know this. We have hope now and I didn't believe that was even possible only three weeks ago.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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