• Tim Crone: Trade shows Royals serious about winning

  • I have intentionally waited for the seemingly all-knowing gurus to pontificate on the Royals’ big trade.

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  • I have intentionally waited for the seemingly all-knowing gurus to pontificate on the Royals’ big trade.
    As a fan, I initially hated giving up any great young talent such as Will Myers (22), Jake Odorizzi (22), Mike Montgomery (23) and Patrick Leonard (20). I, probably unlike many local fans, believe that Dayton Moore has done a great job of building the minor league system allowing the franchise to at least have a chance to negotiate a big deal such as they just did for James Shields (31) and Wade Davis (27).
    Most of the authorities feel that we gave up too much. Only time will tell how it plays out, but I am all in on the trade.
    For 27 years we have heard from the Royals how the team can be turned around with great young talent. The time is now. The team is full of young, signed everyday talent. They need seasoned pitching to help them learn how to win.
    Success in baseball boils down to pitching and defense. For the first time since their “Golden Age,” the Royals actually have four major league starters in their rotation. Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis are true major league contenders.
    The team may finally have an opportunity to actually compete in the American League Central Division. We can hope and wish our lives away – now is the time to go for it. Dayton Moore stood up to the plate and took a big swing.
    Midway through every summer I feel like dirt is thrown in my face. The Royals need to become a factor in MLB. I would have preferred that Mr. Glass bought a pitching great and retained the young and talented Myers and Odorizzi, but hell would probably freeze over before that happened, so this is the next best bet.
    As I previously said, only time will tell, but at least we now have the potential to compete. We have a starting rotation with arms and track records. The team already has a fine young defensive squad. Teamed with experienced pitching, it could be a match made in heaven!
    n Great news for golf fans – Tom Watson will be the captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup team. He has certainly been there and done that!
    n I understand concussion issues in pro football. Eliminating kickoffs is not an answer to the problem. Football is a contact sport. It will lose it’s character in a no-kickoff situation. The players do CHOOSE to play the game.
    n Former Blue Springs football star, Brandon Lloyd, had a big night against Houston in the Monday night game. Good to see a local guy make it to the bigs.
    n Merry Christmas to all in this holiday season. Shootings in Oregon and Connecticut have highlighted the importance of family and loved ones. Our prayers go out to all whose lives have been forever changed.
    Page 2 of 2 - n My quote this week came to me from my best friend in high school. Gary Bass is currently a minister in Seattle. His quote is from Dr. Ray Fish, “We won’t change until our fear of change is exceeded by the pain.”

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