Jul 31, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) drives in a run with a triple in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Kansas City has played some exciting baseball over the past three nights, as the Royals capped off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a Alcides Escobar walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday evening.
"Well I can't quit you baby, but I got to put you down for awhile.
Well, you know, I can't quit you baby, but I got to put you down for awhile""
That is the opening line from the 1956 single "I Can't Quit You Baby" by Otis Rush. The successful blues single would eventually be enshrined into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1994.
13 years later, a cover of that song would make its way onto Led Zeppelin's iconic self-titled debut album.
Well, it's also how I feel about the Kansas City Royals. After a string that saw the Royals lose 21 games in 27 outings, I was near my annual breaking point with the Royals. It becomes unhealthy at times to watch the losing day in and day out, though I am just one of many who subject themselves to it on a nightly basis.
The Olympics are on, football is right around the corner, and summer is almost winding down. All are plausible excuses to avoid watching baseball and cause you to turn your attention from the Royals. Even in the local media, once football camps begin, the radio stations switch gears and go from high volume Royals coverage to talking football.
Right as fans are near the breaking point and firing venom on all cylinders, the Royals do something to pull us all right back in. I can't quit you baby.
The team is still 16 games under .500 and a half game back of the Minnesota Twins of last place in the American League Central. However for just a brief moment there is a strong spring in our step as we head into the weekend with excitement in the air.
This team isn't going to make the playoffs, there is no fooling anyone. The pitching staff is still downright awful, as seen by allowing the Indians to casually claw back from a 6-0 deficit after the bottom of the first inning.
It's a building block, and though many of us are frustrated that Royals general manager Dayton Moore is in his sixth season of "trusting the process", we are in the midst of a brief glimpse of what it feels like to enjoy baseball in August.
Now my mindset towards the team will likely change back and forth many more times between now and the end of the season, but as the past three evenings have shown, I can't quit you baby.
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