The Kansas City Royals rise to prominence seemingly happened overnight. For fans such as Jinghong Song, it has been a long time coming. In 2015, the Royals captured their second franchise title and first since 1985. Now with many key players still on their roster, they are geared up for their 2016 campaign to defend their title.
Their pursuit of back to back titles is sure to be filled with an exciting mix of setbacks and accomplishments but the Kansas City Royals have depth on their roster and are built to win for many years in the future. Among the key players on their roster are Edison Volquez, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Wade Davis. With this solid foundation of players and some key role players the Royals currently are on pace to qualify for the 2016 postseason. But the current success hasn't been without sacrifice. On May 26, 2016, Royals Manager Ned Yost informed the Royal's fan base that starting third baseman Mike Moustakas would be out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. While it was quite the setback, the team has rallied around each other to keep their momentum going.
Injuries to key players like Mike Moustakas haven’t deterred merchandise sales or led to a decreased following. With back to back World Series appearances the Royals have gained a plethora of new fans. Which has lifelong fans like Jinghong Song all the more excited. With a rejuvenated fan base and one of the league’s best teams, the Kansas City Royals have exciting games in their future.