JACK'S SMACK: It's been hard being a baseball fan in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The most overused word by Royals fans in the last three or four days has been "bandwagon."

Seriously, how many times have you heard someone say, "Oh, I see you're back on the Royals bandwagon now that they're winning again?"

I get a lot of that and it's all good. I've been chastised for jumping on and off the bandwagon.

At the All-Star break, I predicted the Royals were dead and their season was over...and I thought it was.

You know what, if you're truthful, I'll bet most of you felt the same way-- and that's okay.

Look, Royals fans have the dubious distinction of suffering through the longest playoff drought in all of professional sports. Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, every team in every sport has been to the playoffs since the Royals' last appearance 28 years ago.

They had 16 winning seasons in the first 25 years in Kansas City. They've had one in the last 19.

It's been hard to be a baseball fan around here, let's be honest.

The Chiefs own this city, there is no question about that, but it's still a good baseball town. We suddenly have a team to embrace and be proud of.

I couldn't be happier for Dayton Moore. He deserves some credit.

Here's my greatest fear, and it's not that this team is going to crash and burn in the final two months. That won't happen. I have bad dreams that this owner will emerge any day now from his bunker in Arkansas.
He will tell us how much, he wants to win.

David Glass, where are you? Why won't you talk to us? Why won't you come to the games?

The good baseball fans of this city must cling to the memories when Mr. Kauffman would attend nearly every home game and wave to the crowd from his suite behind home plate. He cared about the fans. He loved this city.

That's the only way I want to remember any owner, of the Royals.

That's Jack Smack.

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