Something as innocuous as a beloved iPad game threatened to wreck the magical season of the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals played post-season baseball for the first time since 1985 and their spectacular season has lead them all the way to the World Series where they will face off with the San Francisco Giants, but it could've all been derailed by a silly iPad game: Clash of Clans.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City star wrote that too much concentration of the team had been placed in to this video game and the Royals had to re-focus their squad to capitalise on post-season aspirations.
It began in the early stages of the season when Lorenzo Cain was introduced the iPad game by reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson, from then on the game spread like wildfire throughout the Royals and became a regular fixture at the club.
Most of the season mustered good baseball from the Kansas City franchise but when the team began to under perform, coaches immediately pointed to the video game as to the reasoning behind the lack of focus.
Rusty Kuntz was the first man to acknowledge that the addiction had become a problem, too many players transfixed by their iPad screens whilst practice was waning, he explained to McCullough:
"At that time, in that situation, it's really disappointing. You just got to a point where you go, What's the priority here? Is this just three hours out of your time, spent away from what you're actually being interested in? We've got to find a way to get this changed, so that the priority is the game, and all this other stuff is secondary."
Change was needed
An alarming four game skid sat the ball club at 48-50 just after the All-Star break, immediate action needed to be taken within the players unit and veterans organised a meeting that would last 45 minutes with the hope that players would be held accountable.
The players meeting seemed to be the antidote to the situation as iPad usage was brought down and the teams fortunes showed a drastic change, the Royals won 16 of their next 19 games.
Kuntz exclaimed: "Their priorities have changed," as the team earned a spot in the wildcard playoffs which was the platform to their historic and magical run to the World Series.
Who knew something as seemingly meaningless as an iPad could have such power towards the accomplishments of a Major League Baseball team.