« on: January 24, 2017, 10:28:28 AM »
I'm trying to avoid social media and news coverage today because I don't want to start crying at work, but I do have to unload a few thoughts and I know many of you here "get it".
To many it seems irrational to be this emotional about the death of someone who I never met in person or communicated with at all, but it's not. As I shared when the Royals won the World Series, Royals baseball figures heavily in some of my earliest childhood memories and connections with friends and family no longer with us. These Royals teams the last few years have been so much fun to be a fan of. The same reason we loved them is the same reason fans of other teams hated them. They play with a high level of emotion and carried that over to their interactions off the field as well. While many call it immature, those of us who follow closely see it as what it really is, a close knit group of players having fun playing a game, but still wanting to win. Most of us here have experienced that at some point in our lives and these Royals teams have reminded us of that.
Yordano was one of the biggest examples of this. He have been one of the smallest players, but his fire and his talent where disproportionately huge. He may have needed to harness them a little more to have become a truely great player, but that doesn't change the fact that they where there. We as fans have had the opportunity to follow his development through the minor leagues. I remember how excited I was when I found out one of the games I was planning to attend ended up being one of his first home starts. I believe he got lit up that day, but I know I have never had as much fun watching a professional pitcher as I did Yordano. Every pitch was an event worth seeing.
I believe that without Yordano the Royals do not win the WS in '15, so even if nothing else I've said was true, for that I will be ever grateful to him for. I hate that we will never again get to see him pitch and see what he could have become as both a player and person. My heart hurts for Yordano, for his family, for the players that where as close or closer than family, and for my fellow fans that feel how I do.