Poem: The Royals’ Real Veterans

The following was my entire in the Royals Review poetry contest.

The Royals’ Real Veterans

Baseball vets:
Experienced,
Knowledgeable,
Declining,
Stalwarts of the games.

Players’ dedication pales in comparison to the Royals’ true veterans,
The fans.

Players, managers, brass stay for a few years,
They all leave,
But the fans don’t.

Some reminisce of old, good times.
Winning records,
Division Championships,
World Series appearances.

Others only know the down side.

Dedicated,
Patient,
Downcast,
Other fans are amazed they even exist.

Hype or excitement bounces off.
Too many letdowns:
1994 – Damn you strike
2003 – Winning, barely
18-11 – Rest of season: 47-86

They’ve been fed the slogans:
“It’s a Hit”
“Catch the Thrill”
“For the Fun of It All!”
“Get in the Game!”
“Be a Part of it All”
“You Gotta Love These Guys!”
“Believe”
“Together We Can”
“True. Blue. Tradition.”
“It All Happens Here”
“Major League Moments”
“Our Time”

Followed the leaders:
Baird,
Bell,
Boone,
Glass,
Hillman,
McRae
Moore,
Muser,
Pena,
Wathan,
Yost

Through all the losing, they stay.

Bad hitting,
Worse pitching,
Dreadful trades and decisions,
Horrifying play starting usually right after Spring Training,
They stay.

They stay with the team,
Continuing the abuse,
At Kauffman or from afar,
Radio, TV, internet,
Afternoon or late night,
Rain delays or double headers.
They stay.

They stay for that chance for it to be right.
Just not knowing what it is.
A Series win would great,
They are reasonable though.
A no hitter,
Cy Young,
MVP,
Another Rookie of the Year bust,
Late game comeback,
Small victories in an never ending losing war.

They say on,
With no end of the suffering in sight.
Why?
They are Royals Fans
It is all they know.

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