DATELINE – KANSAS CITY
While the 2012 baseball season wasn’t what most of us Royals fans were expecting, there’s still cause for celebration. There were plenty of bright spots. For instance, defense was much improved from 2011 to 2012 as an increased attention to defense and the firing of Yuniesky Bettancourt. Jeff Francouer managed to play poorly enough to force the club’s hand to trade or dump off the final year of a two year mutual extension for 2013.
But mostly, the year will go down in history as the year it was to be #OurTime and rather became #SourTime as the team finishes well below targeted 81-81 finishes.
One man, however, stood as a beacon of light and hope for fans. Admittedly, many of those fans were angry and drunk driving home from the stadium, but this man stood alone to take them all on. He is the Most Valuable Player for the Royals this year.
Robert Ford of 610 Sports is the Royals 2012 MVP.
Ford hosts the pre and post-game show for the Royals on 610 and for most of the 162 mornings, evenings and late nights this summer, he has handled the announcement of the lineups, that included dozens of different leadoff batters. He has announced daily injury updates including a littany of Tommy John surgeries, pulled hamstrings and a certain catcher’s torn ACL. He has fielded calls from the unkempt and unwashed. Those callers stand below only Facebook posters in the dichotomy of stupid in this world.
And he did it all without complaining, without showing weakness and without shouting “YOU DUMB FUCK, JASON ADAM IS AT LEAST THREE YEARS AWAY FROM GETTING AN EIGHT POINT SIX ERA FOR THE ROYALS!!!!”
Rambling Morons caught up with Robert recently to talk with him exclusively about his MVP season and what’s next for him in the offseason. We wish all the best and plenty of mental therapy for Robert in the fall. Congrats, @raford3!