I know they have renovated Kauffman Stadium and it looks great now. I love that they still play in the same park that George Brett and Amos Otis and Frank White called home.
One thing I loved about the pre-renovation was all the green in the outfield. It looked like a rolling field that spilled just behind the outfield wall.
It was a true ballpark that felt like it almost was set in the middle of a Missouri field (even though I realize that it is right next to a highway.)
Not all nostalgia in baseball comes from traditional old parks. Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium) is one of the best places to see a ballgame. The great fountains in the outfield and the closeness to the field give this a unique feel. While other cities were making cookie cutter parks that are now torn down, Kauffman stands true.
I went there in 1995 when my friend P. J. was getting married in Kansas City. OF COURSE I used it as a way to have an excuse to see a Royals game!
Take a look at the map above. It is from an ESPN survey of baseball fans asking them which team they are rooting for. The blue states are rooting for the Royals fans. The red ones are pulling for the San Francisco Giants.
That’s pretty cut and dry who most people are rooting for.
The Giants are indeed the bad guys in the 2014 World Series. Relish it, Giants Fans.
Also, what the hell was going on with Tim Lincecum? Is there a behind the scenes rift?
It is the Game 1 of the World Series episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and Salvador Perez all Owned the World Series and October