Before I begin, I would like to congratulate the Kansas City Royals on winning the 2015 World Series. Their determination and motivation to get back to the Fall Classic and win it all this time was beautiful to watch. This may be just me, but I think it’s fun to see a new team win a World Series. Seeing the Giants and Cardinals win the pennant and contending for the title every year can get old pretty quickly. But don’t get me wrong here Sox fans… I would do a lot of things for a Klondike Bar, but I would A LOT of things if it meant the Red Sox would go to the World Series every year.
That being said, isn’t it great to see the Royals win it all? Come on, Kansas City doesn’t have much for sports. Their football team, the Chiefs, made the playoffs a couple years ago, but they aren’t going to do anything special any time soon, so the city really needed this World Series win.
The Royals were the team you would laugh at every time you saw them play in the early 21st century. From 2002-2006, they lost 100 games in 3 out of the 4 seasons with the 2005 season being their worst record with 106 losses. It didn’t seem like you were going to see them play in October any time soon.
With the Royals erasing their 30 year curse and hoisting the World Series trophy a couple weeks ago, could we be witnessing something special? There are certain teams in sports that have made dynasties in just 5 years by winning multiple titles. You had the New England Patriots in the early 21st century, the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup in ’10, ’13, and ’15, and the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series in ’10, ’12, and ’14. Can the Royals keep the intensity and hunger to remain champions for that long?
With players like Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Alex Gordon, you can’t really go wrong. All those players have played with each for over 3 seasons now, and the chemistry could not be better. They have plenty of playoff experience (playing in the World Series for 2 years in a row now) and with their lights out bullpen, anything can happen.
With the players I named off earlier being young, they can already be looked at as veterans in the clubhouse. If we look into the future and the Royals farm system begins to make it to the big leagues, you will have the players like Cain and Perez teaching them how to play as a team that contend for a title year in and year out.
But like I say all the time, pitching wins championships. If there was one category that would stop the Royals from starting this potential dynasty, it would be their starting pitching. Granted you have Yordano Ventura as your young flamethrower, you also have Chris Young, Jeremy Guthrie, and Edison Volquez who aren’t getting any younger.
No, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Johnny Cueto. But you could be seeing him getting shipped away to another team that may offer him a much bigger paycheck than the Royals could. So if he’s gone, you would have Ventura as your only pitcher in the rotation who is under 30 years old.
Saying the Kansas City Royals are a good team is an understatement. They’re a great team. They are going to continue to be a great team with their clutch hitting and bullpen who can get them out of any jam possible.
Could this be a potential dynasty? Maybe.