On Tuesday, the Royals played the Twins. The game was tied going into the 9th inning, but thanks to a 7 run rally, the Royals would top the Twins 10-3. During this game, Twins manager, Paul Molitor, raised his arm to signal a pitching change 6 times. Based on the reactions of Royals fans on social media, Molitor was changing pitchers purely to destroy the lives of each individual person in KC.
So, here’s an open letter to the fans throwing a fit during Tuesday’s game:
First of all, I assume you like winning. I know I do. Guess who else likes winning? Probably the Twins (I say probably because with only 52 wins, I can’t really be sure). When your team is tied with a division rival in the 9th inning, you are going to do everything you possibly can to win. That means trotting out your best available pitchers.
Second, MLB has graced us with expanded rosters in September. 162 games is a long season and the regular guys get tired. Expanding rosters the last month of the season makes for exciting baseball and precision pitcher-batter matchups. If it weren’t for expanded rosters, you wouldn’t even know Terrance Gore’s name.
Every team is entitled to use every single person on their roster as they see fit. If that means a new pitcher for every single batter, then that means a new pitcher for every single batter. A win is a win no matter how messily it’s achieved. Royals fans are a little biased in the pulling the trigger on changing a pitcher area. A good portion of Royals fans have been raised under Ned “let the pitcher figure it out on his own” Yost’s tutelage. We aren’t used to this type of gameplay, so I will allow for some leeway here. Some.
Third, with the new pace of play rules, an MLB game is averaging 3 hours, 26 seconds (as reported by ESPN early this season). Tuesday’s game was 3 hours, seven minutes. I’m sure we can get Molitor to apologize for the 6 minutes, 34 seconds he wasted of your time that you would have spent searching LaCanfora tweets to quote-rant about anyway. Oh wait, no we won’t because the very next night, in an average Royals loss, the game was roughly the same at 3 hours, 8 minutes. Stop bitching.
Lastly, I ask you to reflect. It’s been awhile since the Royals have been a basement dwelling team like the Twins. Minnesota is going to have 100 losses this year. That’s depressing AF. What does a team like that have to look forward to besides Dozier’s million home runs against the Royals? They live for the moments where they can crush the spirit of playoff teams. Misery loves company.
A loss is an easy way to put a stopper in a team’s playoff run, but if you know you’re not going to beat them on the scoreboard, beat them mentally. Drag the game out, break their concentration at the plate and on the base paths with mound visits, annoy them by slowly trekking out to signal the pen, do whatever you can. Winning is fun. Revenge is better.
So, I ask you to appreciate the beautiful game of baseball the way it has been played for years. Appreciate the gamesmanship of the Twins and any other team that decides to take their little jabs at the World Champions this year. Mostly, appreciate the high caliber team Dayton Moore has provided for your entertainment and run off to speculate instead about whether MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, really will implement rules against so many pitching changes in the future.
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