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Best Sports Moments: Kansas City Sports’ Top 5 of 2016

JANUARY 2017 – With another year in the books, we wanted to take a look back at the best sports moments of 2016… and see what made last year so great. Some of our teams didn’t quite live up to expectations or make the postseason run we wanted, but they filled the past year with some great moments. As we start into the new year, let’s take a look back at the 5 best of 2016.

Happy Festivus KC – Our Top Grievances for Sports in 2016

DECEMBER 2016Happy Festivus KC! Among all the celebrations each holiday season, this might be one of my favorites to recognize and celebrate. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is, I’ve included a link here from the episode of “Seinfeld” that created this holiday.

One of this holiday’s traditions is the airing of grievances, in which you tell people all the ways they have disappointed you this year. While this year has had some great moments for Kansas City teams, there have been some disappointments.

To honor this tradition, here are the top five grievances about our local sports teams and players I would like to air on this day of Festivus (Just a note, I have nothing against these players/teams, they have just been disappointing this year). In the words of Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! Now you’re going to hear about it!”

Payroll may be trimmed, changes made to 2017 Royals

NOVEMBER 2017 – Is a payroll cut in order for the Royals? It’s been a great ride, but things are changing…

Kansas City fans have watched Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar grow up before their eyes.

They’ve witnessed Wade Davis transform from a so-so starter to a dominant closer. They’ve viewed the maturation of Danny Duffy from inconsistency, sent to the bullpen to becoming the Royals best starter in 2016. They fell in love with the game-changing speed of spare outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

That gang will not be together much longer.

Could Hosmer’s All Star Heroics Jinx the Cubs in the World Series?

Is the jinx on for the Cubs?

Before Game One-October 2016: Eric Hosmer’s stellar All Star Game performance helped guarantee that the American League would have home field advantage in the 2016 World Series.

Could home field advantage jinx the Cubs…or play into whether the Cubs win the series?

According to baseballreference.com, Cleveland and the Cubs are .500 in games they’ve played against each other since 1997, and in these stats, home field doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in wins or losses. BUT THIS IS THE WORLD SERIES!

It’s clear Hosmer’s MVP play in the All Star Game gives the Indians an advantage. For Cubs fans, we hate to see a proud moment for Hosmer and Royals fans dash the hopes for Cubs fans…or do we?

Royals’ rallies become essential to success

Royals rally

MAY 2016Perhaps you have heard the For King and Country song, “It’s Not Over Yet.” While the Australian brothers, John and Luke Smallbone, did not write the song about the Kansas City Royals, it should be added to the Kauffman Stadium playlist and become a staple when the Royals are behind after six innings.

They upbeat inspirational lyrics would send the crowd into a frenzy.

Royals cast of characters return to defend World Series crown

World Series Lorenzo Cain

APRIL 2016 – Most of the Kansas City Royals who were in the November World Series championship parade will be in the lineup in April.

Alcides Escobar, although the numbers belie it – 26 walks, 612 at-bats, a .293 on-base percentage – will return to bat leadoff. Mike Moustakas, not a conventional No. 2 hitter, will bat second.

“I’m definitely seeing the ball good,” Moustakas said after a five-RBI game at the end of March.

Dyson could go from speedy sub to starting outfielder

Jarrod Dyson

MARCH 2016 – The Kansas City Royals selected Luke Hochevar first overall in the 2006 draft and gave him a $3.5 million signing bonus. After 1,474 players names were called in that same draft, the Royals picked Jarrod Dyson to begin the 50th and final round.

Kennedy elated to have Royals’ defense behind him

Ian Kennedy

MARCH 2016 – Ian Kennedy knows what it is like to have a ground ball scoot by an infielder inches from his glove and for a fly ball to land just a step away from an outfielder chasing it.

He saw it all too often last year with the San Diego Padres.

“I don’t want to talk bad, but it’s more of like the numbers don’t lie, and that they were at the bottom of all the metrics (defensively),” Kennedy said.

Kennedy has gone from the most porous defense to a watertight defense when he signed in January with the Kansas City Royals.

Royals, Dayton Moore, have questions to answer in Spring Training

Dayton Moore Spring Training questions

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.

Royals acquire Joakim Soria, but taking time in offseason acquisitions

Joakim Soria

JANUARY 2016 – Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore usually acts swiftly after a season to sign free agents or make trades. He was quick to sign reliever Joakim Soria who returns to the Royals. By New Year’s Day, Moore has typically wrapped up his major moves.

Moore obtained right-handers Wade Davis and James Shields in a Dec. 9, 2012 blockbuster with the Tampa Ray Rays, while giving up minor league player of the year Wil Myers