Thursday, December 14, 2006

Breaking 100: A new era…

Anybody who has frequented this blog most certainly noticed that it hasn't been updated since the Royals lost their 100th game of the season. There were many factors that contributed to my lack of posts. My hope for an improved Royals team was crushed this season when it became blatantly obvious that they would indeed lose 100 games. I simply ran out of steam by the time late September came around.

And of course, my personal life became a hectic, chaotic mess during that same time period. Having a son in youth football steals away an enormous amount of time.

But as the holidays near, it is again time to start thinking about baseball. The Royals made a handful of moves this off season and caused a splash around baseball when they signed right handed pitcher Gil Meche to a 5 year, $55 million contract. While there are plenty of detractors, several folks have defended Dayton Moore's gamble.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that after 15 years of suffering, "it's about time for plan B."

I tend to agree with Crasnick's position. Yes, it was a bold move and could prove to be a terrible investment. But, with the signing of Meche, Moore is making a statement that the Royals no longer should be thought of as the Wal-Mart of baseball. This signing is something new and different; a different approach to building a ball club.

After all of the failures in recent years, isn't it about time the Royals tried something new?