There is one thing that is for certain…the Kansas City Royals are looking for respect from every team they play this season. The only problem is when they are not getting it from their performance; they seem to resort to trying to intimidate their opponents. This is especially true of Yordana Ventura who attempted to intimidate the Angels just a few games ago and now has been ejected from the game, suspended, and fined for intentionally throwing at the head of Oakland Athletics Brett Lawrie. The umpire believed it was for retaliating for a home run given up to the batter just ahead of Lawrie. However, the Royals have gone on the offensive and say their two pitchers were giving him a warning for him sliding dangerously into second base.
It really is a sad state of affairs in Major League Baseball when the defending American League champions have to resort to intimidation factors to try and get ahead of their opponents. The Royals are currently 10-3 trailing the Detroit Lions by just one game in the central division. Fans like Sam Tabar know that there are a lot of months and games left in the season. It is only April, and if this is what we can expect of them then we probably won’t need to expect them to repeat last year’s Cinderella run through the playoffs. Mainly because the league won’t put up with it and frankly the other teams won’t either.