Veteran sports reporter Harvey Araton of the New York Times has penned a fascinating and lengthy article today about how the once-proud Kansas City Royals under legendary iconic owner Ewing Kauffman quickly deteriorated upon his death and subsequent takeover by David Glass.
Glass, who was recently ambushed by a local sports talk host, refused to be interviewed for the story.
“With what he called his succession plan, Kauffman in a sense set up Glass to destroy the Royals, with the long-term goal of saving major league baseball in Kansas City,” wrote .
“Also galling for Kansas City fans was the Cardinals’ success — they have appeared in three World Series since 2004 and won two — in St. Louis, which has a smaller city but a larger metropolitan-area population.” (See related story about KC-STL dislike.)
Araton concluded in his story that the Royals have a ton of young talent, but budget restraints will once again not allow the team to keep it.
“In the meantime, while the young Royals and their long-suffering fans wait for their time, memories of the good old days and Mr. K still shimmer like twinkling stars across the nighttime Midwestern sky.”