Playoff Push- Royals sip playoff toast after 29-Year drought



Kansas City Royals make the Postseason, ending the longest current absence in baseball.

KANSAS CITY, MO- Yes, you are seeing correctly. The Kansas City Royals are making a playoff push at the end of September and into October in the 2014-15 season. This is arguably the first time that the KC Royals are playing games in September that will affect their season since 1985 and fans of the royals could not be more excited.


The last time that the Kansas City Royals made a playoff appearance was in the season of 1985 when the Royals, lead by Hall-of-Famer, George Brett, won the World Series.

“There are thousands of fans who have been here for the last 25 years and haven’t experienced anything like this before” junior Brady Flanagan said.

Prior to 1985, the Royals made the playoffs seven times dating back to their establishment in 1969. Recently, they’ve had successful seasons, but they haven’t converted any of those into playoff appearances. In 2003, The Royals had a seven game lead of their division before watching it vanish at the end of the season.


Great emotions and feelings are going through the minds and hearts of many die-hard Royals fans that have been waiting their whole lives for a playoff appearance. The type of excitement and energy that would be around this city during a postseason run by the royals would be astronomical.

“The city would be painted blue and filled with Royals talk” 810 Sports radio host Soren Petro said in an interview.

“I think there will be celebrations all over the city,” 810 radio host Todd Leabo said.

Most of the citizens of Kansas City won’t know what to do when there is baseball in October; they have never experienced it.


With The Royals making their first playoff appearance, many fans have felt excitement throughout Kansas City.

“The fans would feel a lot better about themselves when they travel wearing Royals gear.  It would be a sense of civic pride,” Petro said.

“It would give everyone a reason to be a Royals fan, because, for so many years it has sucked to be a Royals fan,” Flanagan said.

Several fans that were around during the 1985 season are flashing back; remembering what it was like to root for their Kansas City Royals during that time.

“As someone who grew up in KC, I can remember how much fun it was to be in the playoffs a lot of my youth.  I remember going on vacation and wearing a Royals hat and not being ashamed,”  Leabo said.

Back in the 80s, Royals fans got ready every April to root for the Royals. With their run to this year’s postseason, the Royals hope to regain the belief in fans that they can consistently get the job done.


People have been wondering what type of atmosphere would be created in KC during a playoff game because of the absence of one in the city for so long.

“The atmosphere would be electric at the ballpark.  It would be like the All-Star game during the Homerun Derby, but for the entire game,” Petro said.

“It will be crazy. It’s going to be so loud and everyone is going to be showing up like 4 hours early, tailgating and it’s going to be a blast,” said Flanagan.

Royal’s fans saw the greatest excitement when there were over 37,000 fans at all three consecutive games in the Royal’s most recent series against the Detroit Tigers. This season’s total attendance at all 81 home games was its highest since the 1991 season.

Tickets for the KC Royal’s Wild Card game here in KC went on sale Thursday, Sep. 18, eight days before they even clinched a spot.


With the Royals’ clinching of the playoffs on Friday, Sep. 26, they ended the longest current drought of not making the postseason in all of baseball. The Royals clinched a spot as the top American League Wild Card team in this year’s playoffs and will be playing the Oakland Athletics here in Kansas City Tuesday, Sep. 30. The winner of Tuesday night’s game will continue their Postseason run against the Anaheim Angels and the loser’s season will end.As we saw on Friday, with the long celebration by the Royals players after they clinched in Chicago, this postseason appearance means more to the players and fans than just making the playoffs; they want to make history.