The article I was going to write earlier in the week was going to be a letter written to Johnny Cueto about letting Kansas City down. I guess I can’t write a letter like that anymore. Wednesday night was a Johnny Cueto that Kansas City hasn’t seen before. In eight innings, the Houston Astros only had two hits and two runs. Cueto retired 19 consecutive batters, the first to do so since 2011. Cueto was incredible on the mound and was obviously a major factor in why the Royals won the game. Apparently, Cueto made a promise to his family and friends that he was done with the pussy footing, the passivity, and the willful restraint (I wonder how you say that in Spanish).
When we lost the first game against the Astros, I didn’t know what to think. The Royals were at home so they needed to win that game. Or at least, that’s what a lot of people thought. Then game two happened and we all felt a little bit better…I guess. But I know everyone’s outlook changed after game four. That win not only boosted the confidence of the fans in Kansas City, but also of the team itself.
As Royals fans, we got lucky last year. We didn’t have to go through the emotional roller coaster of winning and losing until we made it to the World Series. It was nice, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen this postseason after the September the Royals had. Eric Hosmer wrote a great article this week about the Royals not being a fluke. My favorite quote from the article says “when you have your back against the wall, and are facing adversity that’s when you find out who you really are.”
The Royals faced adversity from day one and have proven people wrong. This will be a tough series, but the Royals will be ready to face the Blue Jays head on, in a passionate, possibly violent, series.
The first game of the ALCS is at 7:07 tonight at the K! Edison Volquez will be on the mound for the Royals. He has had his ups and downs this season, but I have confidence in him matching up against the Blue Jays. It is not determined who Saturdays starter will be, but I am assuming it will be Ventura. As long as the Royals play Royals baseball, I could see them beating Toronto in six games, advancing our boys in blue to the World Series for a second straight year.
LET’S GO ROYALS!! #takethecrown