Royal Mess: Hopes For '12 Turnaround On Hold As K.C. Winless At Home
The Royals recently became “the first team to lose 10 straight games at home since 1913,” according to Bob Dutton of the K.C. Star. Only "one other team has opened the season by losing its first 10 home games -- and that was 99 years ago when the New York Yankees did it" (K.C. STAR, 4/24). In K.C., Sam Mellinger writes building the “Greatest Farm System In The History of Upright Man is apparently no cure for historic stink, and the Royals deserve every bit of venom you can muster for a franchise that’s been a ubiquitous letdown for most of the last two decades." Mellinger: “The Royals are again the laughingstock of baseball and the sport’s worst team, and for now that hurts more because this year was supposed to be different.” There has been "no help from the #OurTime campaign that’s grown to be embarrassing.” Even TV broadcasts “have pulled back some on #OurTime,” as the campaign “was supposed to be a rallying cry.” Now, it is “more like a reason to cry.” Royals RF Jeff Francoeur said, “The Our Time stuff, if I could go back, I’d try to nip that in the bud” (K.C. STAR, 4/24). KSHB-NBC's Jack Harry wrote it is “high time that someone is held accountable for this mess involving the Royals.” This one “is easy to call,” as it is team Owner David Glass. Since Glass took over sole ownership of the Royals in ’00, the team “has averaged 94 losses a season, which translates into only 68 wins per year.” Harry: “That’s horrible” (KSHB.com, 4/23).