Monthly Archives: February 2016
FEBRUARY 2016 – Last year at this time many fans questioned some moves general manager Dayton Moore made to “better” the Kansas City Royals and increase the chances of returning to the playoffs.
Several experts gave us a ‘B to C grade’ after Moore acquired Edinson Volquez, Alex Rios, Chris Young, Kris Medlen, Ryan Madson and Kendrys Morales, while losing James Shields and Billy Butler.
It looked if we were rolling the dice in order to preserve our playoff-caliber team. As it turned out, we are World Series champs and many should apologize for doubting Moore’s acquisitions.
Winning the hot stove awards doesn’t always equate to winning baseball games. We have seen that before and we will see it again.
FEBRUARY 2016 – Jamari Traylor is about survival, perseverance, hope and triumph of the human spirit.
Traylor, a 6-8 Kansas senior forward, grew up in the South Side of Chicago, where his father, Jesse, was ultimately taken from his home and imprisoned for life on federal drug trafficking charges. Traylor, who was very close to his dad, became an angry and defiant teenager, finding time in juvenile detention centers and even enduring the harsh realities of life in the bitter Windy City cold, homeless and living in cars and stealing food.
In his darkest moment painfully trying to sleep one night, Traylor wondered if he’d ever survive.