And it still doesn't count, but noteworthy all the same that the Royals hung six on the Padres in the 1st inning and proceeded to score seven more in a 13-9 win. Gil Meche and Hideo Nomo both pitched two innings, neither allowing a run. No, it still doesn't count, but it sure beats serving up a three-run homer to Juan Gonzalez (yes, the Juan Gone-From-Baseball-For-Three-Years) or allowing six baserunners and three runs in two innings.
Again, I'm not saying any of this counts, but it feels good all the same.
Royals recap, etc., here.
On Monday we'll shift gears a bit, out of spring training and into cyberspace to bring you Kansas City Royals previews from around the 'Net. It's like holding up a mirror to yourself, only the mirror is actually a one-way portal into someone's (warning: potentially rotted-from-the-inside) head. It's fun. We did this last year to kick off this blog, and people didn't hate it too much. We'll revisit our friends from Wrigleyville23, Mondesi's House, Rain Delay and the like, hold a virtual barbecue, kibitz till we get a pop-up for a script error, so on and so forth.
Reading what others have to say about the Royals is usually a borderline masochistic exercise, but it can also be enlightening, humorous and self-affirming in some cases. Anyway, we do it also to assure ourselves that we're not crazy, because damn if the rest of the world is sane.