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The hardest team to love

May 27, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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OK, this is not exactly a baseball post … but I got into a bit of Twitter spat about the hardest team to love in sports.To me: There is one and only one correct answer to this. And it’s really pretty easy.

I grew up in Cleveland, so I can say without question that that hardest PLACE in America to be a sports fan is Cleveland. That’s the collective power of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, who all have added to the city’s sports misery the last 50 years.

But if we are talking about one team … there’s no doubt in my mind that the hardest team to love is the Kansas City Royals. I don’t think any other team is even close. Yes, sure, it’s hard to love the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, the Cubs have their endless curse and Washington has a football owner who will break your spirit and teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Raptors and Miami Marlins (or whatever they are called now) are so forgettable that, well, you forget how hard it is to be a fan.

But the Royals … well, let’s put it this way: If you are 35 or younger, you do not have a memory of the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs. I’m not talking about championships here or reaching the World Series. I’m talking simply MAKING THE PLAYOFFS. What’s worse, the Royals have not even CONTENDED for a playoff spot in 25 years. This is something no other fan — not Cubs fans, not Pirates fans, not Clippers fans, not any other fan — can relate to.

To illustrate this, I put together a list of every team in baseball, football, basketball and hockey and how often them made the playoffs. Obviously, it’s easier to make the playoffs in the NBA and NHL than in the NFL and certainly in baseball. The point, however, holds. You will note the only team at the bottom:

Los Angeles Lakers: 26 (7 titles, 4 runner-up)
Detroit Red Wings: 26 (4 Stanley Cups, 2 runner-up)
San Antonio Spurs: 26 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Boston Bruins: 23 (1 Stanley Cup, 3 runner-up)
Utah Jazz: 23 (2 runner-up)
St. Louis Blues: 23

Chicago Bulls: 22 (6 titles)
Portland Trail Blazers: 22 (2 runner-up)

New Jersey Devils: 21 (3 Stanley Cups, 2 runner-up)
Montreal Canadiens: 21 (2 Stanley Cups, 1 runner-up)
Philadelphia Flyers: 21 (3 runner-up)
Indiana Pacers: 21 (1 runner-up)
Washington Capitals: 21 (1 runner-up)

Pittsburgh Penguins: 20 (3 Stanley Cups, 1 runner-up)
Houston Rockets: 20 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Detroit Pistons: 19 (3 titles, 2 runner-up)
Miami Heat: 19 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
Boston Celtics: 19 (2 titles, 2 runner-up)
Chicago Blackhawks: 19 (2 Stanley Cups, 1 runner-up)
Phoenix Suns: 19 (1 runner-up)

New York Rangers: 18 (1 Stanley Cup)
New York Knicks: 18 (2 runner-up)
Atlanta Hawks: 18

New York Yankees: 17 (5 World Series, 2 pennants)
San Francisco 49ers: 17 (3 Super Bowls, 1 runner-up)
Atlanta Braves: 17 (1 World Series, 4 pennants)
Dallas Mavericks: 17 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
Vancouver Canucks: 17 (2 runner-up)
Buffalo Sabres: 17 (1 runner-up)
Denver Nuggets: 17
San Jose Sharks: 17

New England Patriots: 16 (3 Super Bowls, 4 runner-up)
Green Bay Packers: 16 (2 Super Bowl, 1 runner-up)
Indianapolis Colts: 16 (1 Super Bowl, 1 runner-up)
Los Angeles Kings: 16 (1 Stanley Cup, 1 runner-up)
Philadelphia Eagles: 16 (1 runner-up)

Denver Broncos: 15 (2 Super Bowls, 4 runner-up)
Pittsburgh Steelers: 15 (2 Super Bowls, 2 runner-up)
Calgary Flames: 15 (1 Stanley Cup, 2 runner-up)
Philadelphia 76ers: 15 (1 runner-up)
Minnesota Vikings: 15
Toronto Maple Leafs: 15

Boston Red Sox: 14 (3 World Series, 1 pennant)
Edmonton Oilers: 14 (3 Stanley Cups, 1 runner-up)
Orlando Magic: 14 (2 runner-up)
Cleveland Cavaliers: 14 (1 runner-up)
Ottawa Senators: 14 (1 runner-up)
Milwaukee Bucks: 14

Colorado Avalanche: 13 (2 Stanley Cups)
Dallas Stars: 13 (1 Stanley Cup, 1 runner-up)

New York Giants: 12 (4 Super Bowls, 1 runner-up)
St. Louis Cardinals: 12 (2 World Series, 3 pennants)
Kansas City Chiefs: 12

Oakland A’s: 11 (1 World Series, 2 pennants)
Seattle Seahawks: 11 (1 Super Bowl, 1 runner-up)
New York Islanders: 11

Anaheim Ducks: 10 (1 Stanley Cup, 1 runner-up)
New Orleans Saints 10 (1 Super Bowl)
Buffalo Bills: 10 (4 runner-up)
Chicago Bears: 10 (1 runner-up)
Miami Dolphins: 10
Sacramento Kings: 10

Baltimore Ravens: 9 (2 Super Bowls)
Washington Hogs: 9 (2 Super Bowls)
Atlanta Falcons: 9 (1 runner-up)
San Diego Chargers: 9 (1 runner-up)
New York Jets: 9
Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats: 9
Washington Wizards/Bullets: 9

San Francisco Giants: 8 (2 World Series, 2 pennants)
Minnesota Twins: 8 (2 World Series)
Cleveland Indians: 8 (2 pennants)
Los Angeles Dodgers: 8 (1 World Series)
Golden State Warriors: 8
Minnesota Timberwolves: 8
Phoenix Coyotes: 8

Los Angeles Angels: 7 (1 World Series)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7 (1 Super Bowl)
Tampa Bay Lightning: 7 (1 Stanley Cup)
Cincinnati Bengals: 8 (1 runner-up)
Houston Astros: 7 (1 pennant)
Detroit Lions: 7
Los Angeles Clippers: 7
Memphis Grizzlies: 7
Nashville Predators: 7
Winnipeg Jets: 7 (none so far as NEW Jets)

Philadelphia Phillies: 6 (1 World Series, 1 pennant)
Texas Rangers: 6 (2 pennants)
Tennessee Titans: 6 (1 runner-up)
Oakland Raiders: 6 (1 runner-up)
Cleveland Browns: 6
Jacksonville Jaguars: 6
Toronto Raptors: 6

New York Mets: 5 (1 World Series, 1 pennant)
Carolina Hurricanes: 5 (1 Stanley Cup, 1 runner-up)
Cincinnati Reds: 5 (1 World Series, 1 pennant)
St. Louis Rams: 5 (1 Super Bowl, 1 runner-up)
Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 (1 World Series)
Detroit Tigers: 5 (2 pennants)
Carolina Panthers: 5 (1 runner-up)
Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 (1 runner-up)
Chicago Cubs: 5
Minnesota Wild: 5 (North Stars 5 more including 1 runner-up)
New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets: 5

Toronto Blue Jays: 4 (2 World Series)
Chicago White Sox: 4 (1 World Series)
Florida Panthers: 4 (1 runner-up)
San Diego Padres: 4 (1 pennant)
Tampa Bay Rays: 4
Seattle Mariners: 4
Pittsburgh Pirates: 4

Colorado Rockies: 3 (1 pennant)
Arizona Cardinals: 3 (1 runner-up)
Baltimore Orioles: 3

Miami Marlins: 2 (2 World Series)
Houston Texans: 2 (Houston Oilers another 7)
Brooklyn Nets: 2 (New Jersey Nets another 11 including 2 runner-up)
Columbus Blue Jackets: 2
Milwaukee Brewers: 2

Washington Nationals: 1

Kansas City Royals: 0

  1. Conner012367 - May 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    well there’s no point in arguing about this clearly it is hard to be a Royals fan, and i thought being a rangers fan was hard nope.

  2. Conner012367 - May 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    well there’s no point in arguing about this clearly it is hard to be a Royals fan, and i thought being a rangers fan was hard.

    • Conner012367 - May 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      it gave me an error on the first one weird

  3. 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    There is only one team on this list that you weren’t even willing to name. It’s pretty embarrassing to root for Washington’s NFL team.

    • largebill - May 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      That is just embarrassing for Joe that the PC losers have gotten to him with their whining.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Or it’s possible he forgot them. But yeah definitely some leftist conspiracy..

      • largebill - May 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        He listed them. He has just been cowed into calling them the Hogs instead of the Redskins.

      • 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        Joe came to his own decision that the team name is offensive. If you think he was cowed into this, you haven’t been reading him long.

    • sdelmonte - May 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      That’s a special kind of embarrassing. Though since owner malfeasance is to blame, it’s not that different than coping with the Knicks. Just a lot more racist.

      • 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        While I think the name of the team is racist, and that George Preston Marshall, who named the team, was a racist, I don’t think Dan Snyder is a racist. I think he’s more interested in money than justice. That makes him greedy, but it doesn’t make him racist.

        I also think he’s backed himself into a place that makes it very hard to change his mind.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I still think that it is harder to be an Astros fan or a Marlins fan.

    • packer42390 - May 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      The Astros have been in the playoffs in the 2000’s and they are in the middle of a rebuilding plan that the royals went through for a decade and this years team is the culmination of that time. The Astros already seem close to surpassing the Royals. The Marlins have Multiple World Series titles.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      The Marlins? Seriously, the Marlins? The franchise is 20 years old and has TWO World Series Championships. Let’s make a list, shall we, of all the multiple WS winners singer 1993:

      Yankees
      Red Sox
      Cardinals
      Giants
      Marlins

      And they’re in second place this season. Allow me to join the fans of 25 other teams in saying to Marlins fans, “cry me a river”.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        “singer” WTF? Damn you, autocorrect.

  5. goskinsvt - May 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Cleveland Browns: Factory of Sadness

    • Conner012367 - May 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      lol so funny

    • yahmule - May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      I literally have to watch this thing every time its posted anywhere.

    • wolverine307 - May 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      He should try being a Lions fan

  6. tremblay09 - May 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    And what about being a Bruins fan… Classless organisation

    • Ray Charbonneau - May 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Aha, tremblay09 – a Canadiens fan.

    • drewsylvania - May 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Stupid comment. We love our Bruins. I think you’re referring to yourself and other teams’ fans.

    • rje49 - May 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Now that you mention the word “classless”, shall we mention the words “diving” or “embellishment”?
      Stay tuned tonight for an Oscar worthy encore performance!

  7. powershowcase - May 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    just what we need….more pandering to the Muslim Skin Doctor.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      WTF does this even mean?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Wait a second, is this a bash on Rany?

      • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Jeez, I think you’re right.

      • frightwig - May 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Yes, he means it as a slur against Rany; powershowcase is a bigot and a troll.

        I’d like to see powershowcase walk into Dr. Jazayerli’s office and announce for all to hear, “I’m here to see the Muslim Skin Doctor.”

        I suppose we’ll see the Royals win another World Series before he has the nerve to do that.

    • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      http://www.aad.org/find-a-derm

  8. markb2301 - May 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    The Blues aren’t even listed.

    • rje49 - May 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      You’re right. I think Joe wanted to see if anyone noticed… Sorry, they are a good team.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - May 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        A heartbreaking team, though. They’ve made the playoffs a bunch, but, as Joe pointed out, that’s much easier in hockey. They’ve made it past the second round just 5 times in their 46 year history and haven’t made the finals since their 3rd year in the league. So yeah, the Blues are a good team until the playoffs start. Then it is only pain.

  9. ih1357 - May 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Who are the Washington Hogs?

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - May 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Joe refuses to print the racist name of the Washington professional football team. The Hogs are as good a name as any.

      • nolanwiffle - May 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Ridiculous.

  10. flarebel - May 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Why are you banging on the Coyotes?

    • yahmule - May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      A man gets lonely out in the Sonoran desert.

  11. twinfan24 - May 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    What time frame is the list from? I thought it was 25 years, but you have the top 3 as making the playoffs 26 times. So, is it 30 or 35 years? If it’s either, doesn’t the Royals 1985 World Series win fall within that range?

    • yahmule - May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Presumably it runs 25 years and change. Like about 5 months and 27 days.

  12. kodiakdawg - May 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    How many years does this go back …. 35 ???

  13. likedoohan - May 27, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Are you all kidding? Detroit Lions, hands down. KC has actually won the World Series, so they’re not even in the running.

    • aiede - May 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Exactly. The Lions have won a grand total of one playoff game since 1958 and laugh at the idea that 1985 is a long time since a championship.

      We don’t even need to get into 0-16 and DMGM looks like Billy Beane compared to Matt Millen.

      • packer42390 - May 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        Since the Royals last made the playoffs, 5 years passed and THEN I was born, graduated high school, received a bachelors degree, received a masters degree, got married, and bought a house. Nobody is saying the Lions have had it easy (they certainly haven’t) but they have at least made the playoffs in the 90s and a couple years ago. This years team is the culmination of a Decade long rebuild. This team, that to this point has been one of the worst offenses ever to this point n the season, is what royals fans have received for there decade long wait. Add the fact the front office actually said they are frustrated that the fan base isn’t more appreciative about what they have done building this team,, it is a miserable, hopeless, situation.

        I will give it to you though that Dayton Moore is better than Matt Millen. Also, at least the Lions have had Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson. The closest things the royals have had to hall of fame talent in that time are Zack Greinke and Carlos Beltran. Both have spent most of their time being successful away from the Royals.

  14. btguay - May 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    If this goes back 35 years. Those “hogs” you speak of have e championships.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - May 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      “is e a large or small number of titles

      • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(mathematical_constant)

      • doctorofsmuganomics - May 27, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        now you know

        where’s gi joe when you need him

  15. largebill - May 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I guess perspective is based on one’s age. To me, the Royals are a team that won a World Series not all that long ago.

    You treat every playoff appearance as equal, but that’s clearly not the case. Sure, the Browns and Indians have been in the playoffs a few times, but last time they won the championship respectively is 1964 and 1948. Makes it a lite difficult to work up a lot of sympathy for a team that just won a World Series a few years back.

    • tedwmoore - May 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      I was seven when KC won the World Series, I am now 36. The difference feels like more than a few years to me. Maybe you are just wonderfully young at heart. Yeah, your teams have longer draughts between championships, and, yeah, being a sports fan in Cleveland must be tough, but you know what, the woes of being a Royals fan have not inured me to the pain of other fan bases; I can at the same time acknowledge that Royals fans and Browns fans and Sonics fans and UL-Layfayette football fans all have a hard lot. Also, those mid-90s Cleveland teams were a ton of fun to watch. A ton. Them and the early-90s Twins and pretty much the entirety of Frank Thomas’ career were rare bright spots in the Midwestern baseball universe during a time when the Braves were making me vomit with their ridiculous success and non-stop TV coverage.

    • tedwmoore - May 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Also, playing in the World Series is not just “making the playoffs”. Maybe Posnanski shouldn’t treat every playoff appearance the same, but neither should you treat every non-championship the same.

  16. jrob23 - May 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Go back a little bit longer though and the Royals were among the most successful teams in baseball for a good decade from 75-85 At least they had that. Several teams never had a good period like that at all

  17. jrob23 - May 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Go back a little bit longer though and the Royals were among the most successful teams in baseball for a good decade from 75-85 At least they had that. Several teams never had a good period like that at all

  18. normcash - May 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Given that the Lions are (I think) the only original NFL team that hasn’t been to the Super Bowl, much less won one, last won a championship almost 57 years ago, and has only made the play-offs 3 times since, they are strong contenders for the
    “hard to love” trophy…he’ll, they may have retired it…

  19. Johnny Holiday - May 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    It’s really something to claim to have listed all professional teams, yet he manages to not only leave out one of the most successful franchises of all time, but the only one with the rightful claim to being “America’s Team”. Between this and the awkward time frame questions that we all *reasonably* have (as noted by other commenters above), I have to wonder, who forged the editor’s transcript?

    “I know this is about the Royals, and I’ma let you finish…. but the Dallas Cowboys have the best franchise of ALL TIME!!”

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      but the Dallas Cowboys have the best franchise of ALL TIME!!”

      Go back to PFT with this crap.

      Cowboys: 1960 to present, 5 SB titles
      Yankees: From 1996 to present, 5 WS titles; since 1960, 9 titles (27 in total)

      • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        In fairness, the first Super Bowl was in 1967, so you probably ought to start the comparison there. The Cowboys were founded in 1960, so maybe that’s what you’re going for?

        The Celtics have won 17 titles since 1957, and 15 since 1960. Not sure about the Canadiens. They won a lot. I’m guessing the Habs fan above will now go on some sort of rant.

    • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      I’m 99.99 percent sure that “America’s Team” was a marketing concept invented by the owner. I mean, I could called myself “America’s Main Street,” (which, come to think of it, would be a much better user name), but that doesn’t mean anyone has to believe it.

      Most people hate the Cowboys. This came up with a Yankees discussion, too. Are fans of these teams not aware of the fact that people dislike them?

      • dcarroll73 - May 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        Actually, Yankees fans know it and couldn’t care less. Cowboys fans are too stupid and delusional to know anything.

      • 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        Thanks. I was wondering.

        I mean, when I was a kid, I was a huge Celtics fan. It was shocking to me that everyone, everywhere didn’t also love the Celtics. There was one city that the fans booed whenever Danny Ainge touched the ball. I couldn’t believe it.

        But I was 9.

  20. schlom - May 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Joe was unclear on the timeline but it’s since the Royals won the World Series in 1985.

    Now this doesn’t have anything to do with baseball but I think the most amazing thing that Joe pointed out isn’t that the Royals have zero playoffs appearances since 1985 but that the San Antonio Spurs have only missed the playoffs three times – the same amount as the most successful franchises in the NBA and the NHL (both huge market clubs whose revenues have probably been many times greater than the Spurs). Of course the Spurs made those non-playoff years count by lucking out and drafting David Robinson and Tim Duncan in two of the three non-playoff years (Sean Elliot was the other draft pick).

  21. blingslade - May 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    The funny thing is I really like the Royals. They have great uniforms, their stadium is top notch(esp. with those fountains!), and they play pretty decent small ball.

    Eventually they’ll make the playoffs and that will be a HUGE deal fore everyone!

  22. mikhelb - May 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    For those who don’t know why there are teams with 26 appearances in playoffs: 25 years are 26 seasons for some leagues, for example in year 1, the Lakers made the playoffs and in year 25 MLB is ongoing while the NBA is already on playoffs.

    1989—-1994—-1999—-2004—-2009
    1990—-1995—-2000—-2005—-2010
    1991—-1996—-2001—-2006—-2011
    1992—-1997—-2002—-2007—-2012
    1993—-1998—-2003—-2008—-2013

    So, at the time the count was made, the columnist automatically added this years NBA/NHL playoff and to make matters worse for MLB: there were no playoffs in 1994 due to the strike, and up until 1995 just two teams went to the playoffs in the AL and NL, decreasing the chances of the Royals going to the playoffs (remember when the Giants won 103 games and didn’t go to the playoffs because only one team qualified per division? and with the new format we’ve had teams barely above 0.500 attending the playoffs).

    • dcarroll73 - May 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Yes I do remember that Giants season (I admit I had to look up the year – 1993). It was at the time when Atlanta was geographically out of phase, shall we say (they were in the West during the two-division time when St.Louis and Chicago were in the East – WHAT?) There was a GREAT baseball book years ago (I think it was called _Bitterweet Seasons_?) about teams that won over 100 games but failed to win the WS. I have always wanted a sort of companion book, _Really Bittersweet Seasons_ about the VERY few baseball teams ever to win 100 games and just go home. How many are there? In 1954 the Yankees finished with 103 wins to trail the Cleveland Indians by 8 games. Anybody have a list of this bizarre stat?

      • mazblast - May 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        When MLB went to divisions in each league in 1969, the AL went with geography, which put almost all of its quality in the East. The NL went with competitive balance, which put St. Louis and Chicago (1st and 2nd in 1968) in the East and Cincinnati and Atlanta (mid-standings that year) in the West.

    • rsb06d - May 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      That makes sense but that would assume that a team like the Lakers that has 26 would have made the playoffs in every season.. Which of course is not true since they just missed them this year.

  23. lostsok - May 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I gotta vote Lions. At least Royals fans can hear stories of when they were good. The Lions biggest claim to fame is they once had one of the the greatest running backs in history…who retired early rather than suck one more year.

  24. frightwig - May 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I understand that it’s been hard to be a Royals fan the last 20-odd years, especially if you’re under 35. But I can remember Kansas City winning the World Series. At 43, I’m still waiting for the team I grew up with, the Mariners, to even win a league pennant.

    Sure, in 1995, Mariners fans got to enjoy an exciting stretch run and memorable ALDS win over the Yankees. In ’97 the M’s won the West but flopped against the O’s in the ALDS, and in 2000 we had a wild card winner that fell to the Yankees dynasty in the ALCS. Then, in 2001 our Mariners set a record for most wins in a season, although it ended with a fizzle in another ALCS meeting with the Yankees (so we can’t brag about it without someone pointing out that the team “didn’t finish the job”). And we’ve had the pleasure of watching the prime years of a handful of players who should be in the Hall of Fame someday. But still, no American League pennant.

    In fact, since the Mariners came into the league, Seattle is one of just three clubs that have failed to win a league pennant in that time. The other two are in the NL: the Expos/Nats and Cubs. It must also be hard to be, say, a Pirates fan under 40, and I may accept that Cubs fans have had it the hardest, although if your team is affectionately known as “loveable losers” and plays in Wrigley Field, I have some doubts about the depths of your sorrows, too. I think that Mariners fans have had it as hard as anyone.

    The Royals usually have been bad for quite awhile, and their fans have my sympathy, but still I have to protest. When the most iconic moment in franchise history is probably a hit to win a Division Series 19 years ago… well, honestly, can Royals fans relate to that? If we could trade our ’95 ALDS and the 116 wins in 2001 for their ’80 pennant and ’85 World Series trophy, how many Kansas City fans would make that deal?

    Right.

  25. phillysports1 - May 27, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    For those of you baseball gamblers out there please don’t ever bet on the royals .

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