Looking back a year ago who would have thought that six (seven if you include Gordon) Royals would be playing in the All Star Game? Not me. Last October was incredible; the first half of this season has been really nice too. But I never would have thought the Royals would have the best record in the American League and be taking six All Stars to the game. With a lot of help from the amazing Royals fans, Perez, Cain, Escobar, Herrera, Davis and Moose will be playing in tonight’s game. Of course the Royals should have had seven players, but Gordon got injured.
Before this year the Royals haven’t had a player voted into the starting lineup since Jermaine Dye in 2000. The Royals expected players to be voted in this year. The Royals at one point had eight starters in the game so they didn’t expect all of those eight to not be in. Former Royals pitcher Zack Greinke will be starting for the National League. This is significant because Dayton Moore traded Greinke to Milwaukee in exchange for a package of prospects including Escobar and Cain in 2011.
When reporters asked Ned Yost what he thought about this game this is what he said. “This event is extremely special to me and to be able to take a lot of my guys, and to be able to enjoy it with them, watch them enjoy it, it’s going to be special. You watched the rise of the Royals the last couple of years. And what we did last year in the playoffs was just fantastic.”
Yost chose Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel as the American League’s starting pitcher. Yost chose him because of how well he performed against the Royals. As a lifelong Royals fan this is one of the first times I will watch all of the All Star game. I am really looking forward to it.
Go Royals and Go American League!!