This past week in Kansas City has been incredible. Starting with me crying after the Wild Card win and ending with me and my family at the ALDS Championship Game last night. The K was alive last night. Strangers were taking pictures of Graham (who is the same age Daniel was the last time the Royals saw the playoffs) with his great-grandpas (two guys who probably thought they’d never live to see the Boys in Blue in the post season again). Fingers crossed one of those photographers works for Time magazine or some other notable publication, and my son becomes the face of the rebirth of the Royals as power players in major league baseball.
I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that the KC Royals swept the team with the best record in baseball. Every time Pujols or Trout or Freese came to the plate, I saw the Space Jam Monstars and feared for the long ball. The Royals, on the other hand, look more like The Sandlot boys. Boys whose names most of America didn’t know before last week. Boys who love baseball. Lorenzo Cain, one of the best defensive players in the league, had never touched a baseball until midway through high school after he was cut from the basketball team. Terrance Gore is like the little brother who was only allowed on the team because his older brother convinced the other boys to let him play, and then you find out halfway through the movie that he’s crazy fast and will embarrass you if you try to throw him out at second. Moustakas, one of the leading hitters this post season, was sent back down to the minors for a period during the regular season when he couldn’t seem to hit anything, and he probably would have stayed longer if his replacement hadn’t gotten injured.
I love this team. And I love this city, and I’ll do whatever it takes to help the Royals on this train. I’ll continue to sit in the love seat because that’s where I was sitting when we were winning during the Wild Card game. We’ll continue to bring Graham into the living room during a half inning when we are on defense. Daniel’s Royals shirt will continue to go unwashed. Whatever it takes.
- Work is crazy, and I was just added to the quality review team. So, in addition to having too much of my own work to complete, I now have to find time to review others’ work.
- Daniel bought the dental practice he’s been working at for the past 2.5 years. I’m really proud of him and look forward to watching the practice grow and improve under his watch.
- I’ve been in home improvement mode the last few weeks. Last week, I re-caulked the bath tub and am almost finished painting the kitchen. I still want to replace a few light fixtures, replace the countertops in the kitchen, wallpaper the hallway, and update the bathroom…because I don’t have enough on my plate already.
- At 15 months, Graham is finally taking steps. Six steps is the current record. Other new skills include saying Momma, eating with a fork, and smacking his lips when he’s excited about a snack. He loves to be at the park, particularly going down the slide and sitting on my lap on the swings. He’s a very happy boy and is quite the giggle box when he knows he’s doing something he’s not supposed to (i.e., play in Rooney’s water bowl, lay in Rooney’s bed).
- I just bought all of my parents’ grandchildren matching pajamas for Christmas. It should make for a great photo with my parents.