As for the Bill Snyder/Gary Pinkle comparison, Mr. Hall wasn't flat out wrong, but he didn't tell the whole story, either. The fact is that Snyder's Wildcats had a winning record once in his first four seasons and a combined record of 18-26 (including 1-10 his first season) before breaking through in his fifth season with a 9-2-1 record. Calling out Gary Pinkle after one season doesn't make a lot of sense, but comparing what he has done to what Bill Snyder has done is unfair unless you tell the whole story. I am a little surprised that someone who is so interested in keeping people honest would twist facts so blatantly to make his point seem valid.
Kansas City, Missouri
Upset enough to move to Seattle!
In actuality, his columns are worth paying for. I especially enjoyed "Dick Ball" (January 17) and the column filleting Allard Baird and Tony Muser ("Black and Blue," January 24). You know, I'm only 34 years old, but I remember crying when the Royals lost to that no-good Tug McGraw and the Phillies in 1980. I remember the delicious feelings of revenge on the Yankees that year, after being beaten by them three years in a row. In 1985, I gutted it up, just like any true Royals fan would, and told myself, "I'm just glad that we made it." When we won, I got hammered with the rest of my college.
Now it seems that Baird is hell-bent on haplessness. Why Tony Muser is still employed is for the scholars to debate. Does he have photos of Baird at the Simpson murder scene? We'll never know. What we do know is that the Royals, the team I have loved for almost thirty years, will suck again this year. How do I know? Chuck Knoblauch. If he's willing to leave a world champion to play for these coupla chumps, he's essentially telling MLB, "I'm takin' the money and runnin'. And hittin'. And attemptin' to field."
In a city that can't figure out where it fits in the world (Are we a major city? Are we a cowtown?), the real pity is that it thinks everything will be OK in the long run. Why? Because Kansas Citians will basically accept anything (except desegregation and a decent school system). And that speaks light years for and about the state of Kansas City athletics.
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