Fighting with the Royals


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It’s hard to make friends as the new kid on the block. People simply don’t like change. On Apr. 6th, 2014, the Kansas City Royals began to emerge as one of baseball’s best teams.

After coming off a historical playoff run and falling 90-feet short of tying game seven of the World Series, the Kansas City Royals all of the sudden went from being America’s sweetheart to a team with a target on their back.

History shows that ball clubs have a hard time accepting dormant teams, like the Royals, who suddenly blossom.

Since 2009, the Royals haven’t been ranked higher than seventeenth in hit-by-pitch; that ranking spiked all the way up to second in baseball by the 2015 season.

“The Royals have become Major League Baseball’s most despised team.” ESPN writer David Schoenfield said.

Most of the tension has been focused around Royals pitcher, Yordano Ventura, who shared some words with White Sox, Adam Eaton, resulting in a benches clearing brawl.

“Oh boy, not this again.” Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz said.

By Aug. 23rd the Royals had five benches clearing incidents, along with nine ejections.

“If I were to watch what’s happening from the outside, I wouldn’t fault anybody for saying that right now this group of Royals is a team that’s a bit chippy.” Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said.

Instead of continuing to beat up teams with their fists, they’ve been beating them out on the field as they look to return to the World Series. As of Aug. 18, the Royals are 12.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the division.