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John Buck, Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon: meet Jose Guillen and your new powder blue uniforms -- which look really good, actually. Opponents will cower.
The new Royal also speaks:
"I'm excited to be here, excited to be a Royal. I can't wait to get to Spring Training and meet all my teammates. Let's go, Royals," he said. "Let's win a championship here. This is a new start."
He comes to Kansas City against the goading of his mother, who wanted him close to her in New York.
"There were six or seven teams interested but she kept pushing me to come there," he said.
Sorry, Mom, these Royals also seem like a team with a good future and good young players. He got sold on that in his give-and-take with Moore.
"He said we're going to make this team a winner. I remember he told me we need some energy on this team and we need some leaders," Guillen said. "We just had a great conversation and everything fell into place. I just chose to come here."
The story ends on this quote (what else?): "We're not that far away," he said with a big smile, "from a championship."
And for the record, Guillen is appealing that suspension, so that story isn't over after all.