Well here we sit, May 5th, and the Royals are 15-11 and alone in First Place...1.5 games ahead of second place Detroit. Some may be thinking we could be 17-9 b/c of a few games blown by the bullpen, but remember we have won some games that we "stole" from other teams, so I think a 15-11 record is pretty accurate for how the Royals have been playing. I am still cautiously optimistic b/c we have seen this team start the season well before, but this year it does not feel like a fluke. The American League Central Division will probably be won by a team that wins 88-92 games this year. The Royals are on pace to win 92 games. This would put us right in the thick of things. Even if we don't end up winning the division, I do believe we will be playing "meaningful" games in September....Meaning we are within 2 or 3 games of the division leader. I'm excited.
Here is my real reason to be excited....Jose Guillen. Over this past weekend, I became a huge Guillen fan. Last year if your remember he said some things that made him less than popular with his teammates and the fans, but this year it seems as if his attitude has taken a 180 degree turn. He is still one of the best pure hitters in the game, but a good attitude can take his play to new heights. I saw effort over the weekend that I did not see last year. He sprinted to cut off a would-be double in the gap and held the player to a single. This play may have saved a game that the Royals ended up winning in extra innings. Then after he lead a Royals come-from-behind victory on Sunday afternoon he was interviewed on the post-game show. He had great things to say about his teammates and did not take all the credit. I see him as a person that says what is on his mind. Some may take offense to some things he says, but he calls it like he sees it. After complimenting the play of his teammates he said the 2009 version of the Royals is a team to take very seriously. I think he sees something in this team. He is excited. If Jose Guillen is excited, I'm excited.
Sit back and enjoy because this may be a fun ride.
What are your thoughts?