For the past 29 years, a lot has happened in major league baseball.
A few things to list is the origin of the wild card in each league in 1995, the strike of 1994 and the wild card berths going from one to two beginning in the 2012 playoffs.
One thing that wasn’t in the dramatic change of baseball was a certain team located in Kansas City not participating in the fall classic: the Royals.
But that all changed on September 26 as the Boys in Blue clinched their first playoff berth for the first time in nearly three decades.
Times have changed
Kansas City was hopeless for a long time to make it back to the promise land, which was last accomplished in 1985 and also the year they won their last World Series crown.
The Royals pushed through all the way to the end with a mix minor league farm hands and average contract signings through free agency. Also, of course, the big trade with the Tamp Bay Rays to acquire pitcher James Shields in the offseason before the 2013 season was a huge plus.
KC hitters, pitchers, coaches, and fans created a gel of chemistry that positively impacted the drive they needed to stamp their ticket for the postseason.
Breaking the chain
Almost 30 years the Royals suffered to watch other teams make the postseason and have a string of success. They saw the Pirates clinch their first non-losing season since 1992 and end their 19-year playoff drought in the process.
Now, it was time for KC to make a move.
Something had to give for a team that had only three winning seasons since 1994 and before the 2014 season. Little did the team know, 2013 was just the beginning of breaking off the chain of losing.
1994, of all seasons, was the year the American League Central was born.
Manager Ned Yost, the undeniably and unquestionable American League manager of the Year frontrunner, has taken this team from the ground up and made them into a legitimate playoff contender.
It’s unclear what the Royals will face going into the postseason but this team will play with more heart than another team would even imagine.
The KC faithful is sure to be behind their team for every game because they have been hungry for some playoff baseball since the 80’s.
If one thing is for sure, the Royals are ready to give back to their fans after almost 30 years of waiting.
Their motto, #BeRoyalKC, is showing signs of how ready they are. And to belief of everyone in the baseball world, they are indeed ready.