Where did you begin 2008?
We had a fanfest thing in January in KC. Tons of people came out to see our new powder blues and our expensive new outfielder Jose. He took advantage of the spotlight to complain about the plan to use him as a left fielder. what a baby lol. Some of us went around the midwest on the Royals Caravan.
What was your status by Valentines Day?
all checked in at Surprise and in the best shape of our lives! or at least that's what we always say.
Were you in school anytime this year?
Only the School of Hillman, where we learned how to make idiot baserunning mistakes, cut down on walks, and say inflammatory things to the media.
Did you have to go to the hospital?
some of us had some pretty crazy injuries, like hives in the middle of a game, punching doors, and having Ross Gload cut us down at the ankles.
Did you have any encounters with the police?
Yeah Callie got picked up for driving drunk. we also had an encounter with the mitchell report. Oh, and some suspensions for punching pierzynski and Co. too. We have no regrets for that.
Where did you go on vacation?
Well all of us were free to go wherever we wanted after the regular season ended, just like every year. Then some of us went to Venezuela, Hawaii, the Dominican, and other places for winter ball.
What did you purchase that was over 100?
We bought an outfielder before the season started, but it turned out that may have been a stupid idea. We got a raise in our allowance after the season, and got all excited and spent it foolishly on junk we didn't need and won't like by the time we actually use it.
Did you know anybody who got married?
Yeah, a couple of our guys get married every year. As long as their wives are nice and they keep playin decent ball, we don't mind much.
Did you move anywhere?
Our AA players moved from wichita to nw arkansas, but other than that we mostly stayed put.
What sporting events did you attend?
Do our own games count as sporting events? lol I guess we went to about 162 of those, even though we were told during ST to prepare for about 185. Some of us - OK just Jack - also attended the all-star game and stuff.
What is the one thing you thought you would not do, but did, in 2008?
we did better than some ppl - ok just the baseball prospectus ppl - said we would. it was only one game's difference, but we'll take what we can get. We also gave in and gave some major league ABs to a few first basemen whose initials are not RG. That's something we never saw coming, and might regret someday.
What has been your favorite moments?
We had a lot of great moments from our pitching staff, and we're really happy with those guys. We signed Joakim to a pretty cool long-term deal, and felt great about that every time we watched him pitch. Filthy, isn't he? We also had some exciting moments from DeJesus, like that walkoff he hit in July against the Mariners, and one he hit off of Mariano Rivera in June. Grudzy got his 2,000th career hit - he's the 6th guy to do that as a Royal. And we as a team played a big part in making the battle for the division as tight as it was. Those games felt a little like the playoffs, and we liked that! Oh, and we didn't finish in last place. That was sorta cool too.
Any new additions to your family?
Well John Buck's wife had twin boys, and we made a lot of changes to the "family" of the team - like Hillman and everyone else.
What was your best month?
September was a blast. We won a ton of games and people quit making fun of us so much.
Who has been your best drinking buddy?
Alberto Callaspo...well, he used to be. j/k but seriously i dunno.
Made new friends?
We always make new friends but the thing that never changes is how much aj pierzynski is NOT our friend.
Favorite Night out?
Prolly the night of that DDJ walkoff. Is there anything that feels sweeter than a win like that? Well prolly the playoffs but we don't relaly know how those feel.
Change your hairstyle?
Well this one time Gil shaved Bucky's head and then he pitched really well, so he kept doing it. Whatever works for the team, right? And a bunch of us grew all different beards, but none were as awesome as the Soria Abe Lincoln look lol.
Do you have a New Years resolution?
We gotta play at least .500 all season, and try not to let the Star pick up on so many things we don't like in the clubhous. And maybe don't make Trey wanna yell at us out on the field again!!1!
Do anything embarrassing?
Lots of things - see above - getting yelled at right there on the field made us feel like total losers. Then in August we got no-hit, which was cool for Lester but that doesn't mean we liked it! Then we lost 11 more games in a row after that. Oh and then there was August - we only won 7 games that ENTIRE month. wtf? What kind of major league team does that? seriously it was stupid.
Buy anything new from eBay?
idk maybe like some ash for new bats!
Yeah one of us did but Callie's turnin it around
That's prolly not a great idea, we might get hurt. That doesn't mean none of us went though!
Did you get sick this year?
Lots of us had the flu in arizona, that was really gross. Puke everywhere ewww. Then there were some problems with hives for SOME of our guys - DDJ i'm lookin at you lol - but otherwise no huge illnesses i don't think
Are you happy to see 2008 go?
YES!!!!! we can only get better from here, right? ...right??????
Been naughty or nice?
lol we all try to be nice buuuut it's hard to be that way in baseball. plus we lost a lot of games which isn't very nice.
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