Royals owner David Glass is cute. He talks about building a winning baseball team as if he's done it before.
Glass got into the What It Takes discussion while
killing the dream putting to rest the notion that he's exploring a sale of the team, a rumor peddled by Jack Harry, the clown prince of TV sports news in Kansas City. Telling The Kansas City Star he has no interest in selling, Glass said that he is excited for the team's future. Then, unbelievably, he patted himself on the back, saying, "I really think we've done it the right way - as painful as it's been."
Done it? Right way? What planet is this guy living on?
Mr. Glass, may we interrupt the flag-planting and cake-icing ceremony to remind you that the Royals haven't "done" much of anything besides lose and get taxpayers to shell out for stadium renovations. Sure, the organization has amassed a tantalizing collection of prospects in the minor-league system (in large part because of high draft picks after terrible seasons). But Wil Myers, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer have to get here before they can start tormenting American League pitchers.
The other galling aspect of Glass' comments was his use of the word "patience." Glass said it's been hard to have patience, as if he's been waiting for a growth spurt or the seasons to change. Patience is something you show in traffic. What Royals fans have experienced the last 20 years is more like suffering.
You'd think by now that Glass would know the difference between delayed gratification and fan abuse. But when has this guy ever found the right words to say?