Why Do We Do This To Ourselves?


Being in relationships are challenging.

Being in relationships are stressful.

But do they have to be? Do you have to go to bed angry? Do you have to wake up thinking of the disappointment you’re likely to feel later in the day?

No, I’m not talking about my lovely wife of thirteen years.  That’s a whole different bucket of worms.

I’m, of course, talking about the Kansas City Royals. And to paraphrase an NFL football coach, they are exactly who we thought they were.  In the middle of a seven game losing streak, at the bottom of the AL Central and in the middle of an offensive blackout.

And here I am, a fan since I was too young to walk. Suffering.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Is it time to find another team?  Like relationships, at critical points in the relationship, you just have to ask yourself, “is it time to go do something else?” Has this finally met its end?

I know a guy who simply stopped watching baseball during the baseball strike of 1994 and I once asked him how he could stop watching the game he loved so much.

This guy hasn’t stepped foot in a Major League stadium in twenty years. How could he live? What did he watch on television? How could he breathe?

His reply has always confused me… until now… “I was done.”

I’m not there yet. There is still too much romance with going out to Kauffman, with eating the hot dogs, drinking the overpriced beer and, yes, figuring out in the second inning how the Royals are going to lose it tonight.  I’m not there yet… But I’m close.

If it doesn’t start being “Our Time,” it might finally be “my time.”


  1. diggstown48

    We want to believe. Fans alwsys want things to be true that just are not. Just like dating that girl who liked you for your car or money, didnt bother you at first but after a while it ate you up inside. The Royals have been and will always be about the bottom line. The Glass family will never change. As long as they are stearing the ship we as fans will always be disappointed. We as fans had a chance to take back are team with a downtown stadium but we said no, we could have owned a state of the art beautiful stadium an had the Glass family by the balls. But then the said they would leave, would of never happened. If we would of stood our ground we could of truly had our time. But much like the abused spouse we make excuses. Crime wouldve risen, there would be no parking, he promised he would change. I have not paid for one ticket since the tax payers decide to pay the Glass family to be here. We’re actually paying them to be here! I go to games when I get tickets and i watch. Ive raised my children to love KU, Chiefs and to watch the Royals from a distance. My 9 year old son loves baseball and he’s been given a gift. He likes Puljos and has his angels jersey. He also asks me why the Royals are always so bad and why arent there fans at the game. I simply told him because its our time as fans to just say no.

  2. Eric

    Support a winner. Sporting KC is 7-0-0. If you haven’t given soccer a chance, now may be the time.


  3. Eric

    Support a winner. Sporting KC is 7-0-0. If you haven’t given soccer a chance, now may be the time.

  4. Easz88

    It’s a nice article, not as a bad as I thought it’d be, but lets make sure we realize, yes, we knew it was going to be this way. Experts EXPERTS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD told us, this team was going to be around .500.

    If you expected anything else, you’re either an idiot, a hopeful idiot, or a dumbass… or like me you have all three of those bases covered.

    Be a fan because you have a passion for the team, the place you grew up watching the amazing teams.

    Yes, #OurTime is HILLARIOUS… stupid even… marketing did not do well – hasn’t for years – for the Royals.

    Shit or get off the pot… I think it applies both ways. You don’t like them? Quit watching and bitching about the Glass family and Ned and Dayton and just turn it off.

    Go watch another team… I’ll watch my hapless Royals and enjoy myself, for I love Drama, and there’s no better Drama than watching a bunch of relief pitchers jogging out of the dugout to “show up”.

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