Building a Contender: Four Pillars of Success, The Royals Way

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Sr. Royals Correspondent Justin Ricklefs explains how the World Series bound Royals built a winner by relying on youth, giving chances, taking that big risk, and having patience.

Learning from The Kansas City Royals: 3 Keys To Success in Baseball and in Life

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Patrick Sallee, on how the surprising KC Royals are showing us how to do it the John Wooden way.

Sports Explained: The Complex Simplicity of Baseball

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The opening piece in our new weekly humor series, Sports Explained. A well-traveled anonymous blogger’s take on the ‘ins and outs’ of baseball.

With Football and Hazing, History Repeats Itself

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Brian Harmon follows up our Sayreville coverage and urges us to also look backward as we chart a path forward.

Ferguson, the Murder of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis Cardinals


Native St. Louisan Ted Lewis was appalled by the way some Cardinals fans reacted to protestors. Baseball should unite us all.

How the Greatest Lesson I Learned From Baseball Became a Lesson for Success in Life

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A baseball story of a boy and his grandfather, of wilting in the pressure of great expectations, and of succeeding by learning not to be afraid to fail.

A Baseball Fan’s Serenity Prayer: To Be Surrounded With Kindred Lovers of The Game

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True baseball fan Jon Sindell gives up on baseball non-believers.

World Series Dreaming In Kansas City and Baltimore: Talkin’ Baseball

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One of either the Orioles or the Royals is going to The World Series. We asked their long-suffering fans to share just how that makes them feel.

How The Mafia Got Me Into A Baseball Game, And What It Taught Me


Vincent Pugliese badly wanted to attend Opening Day for the NY Mets. Little did he know that the mob would help him get in for free.

Derek Jeter’s Inspiration Will Live On


This fan finds a cool way to pay tribute to Derek Jeter.

What the Royals Playoff Win Means to Kansas City and Me


Justin Ricklefs tried moving away from Kansas City twice, but something kept drawing him back. Last night the Royals made that reason clear for him and all of Missouri.

Baseball on the Small Stage: For The Love of the Game

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With the larger-than-life MLB playoffs approaching, Bob Varettoni connects with the brand of baseball played on a stage that’s just right.

An Open Letter to My Son Andrew


This father explains to his son why he’s not signing him up for little league and offers some sage advice to parents about expectations and their children.

The 40 Year Old . . . Jeter Fan

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We grew up with Derek Jeter; his retirement is the end of an era in our lives.

Saying Farewell to a Great: How Jeter’s Final At-Bat Was Exactly the Going-Out He Deserved


The recap of Derek Jeter’s last performance.

My Baseball Team Stinks and I Don’t Care

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As another playoff-less baseball season winds down, Marc Stern reflects on being a New York Mets fan.