I had hoped to complete the Top 23 Reasons Why I'm Excited To Be A Royals Fan (And Why You Should Be Too!) before Opening Day, but it's possible I may not complete the whole list until before game #2 on Wednesday. My annual "We're Going All the Way This Year!" column takes precedence.
The tradition started last year, when over at Baseball Prospectus we unveiled a series of "Hope and Faith" columns, in which we made the point that every team in the majors has some of Bud Selig's infamous Hope and Faith, by constructing a scenario in which each team could, in fact, win the World Series. Some of these scenarios were more implausible than others, obviously, but none of them were impossible. I'm sure the Rockies ranked awfully high on the implausibility list, and they nearly won it all.
I got the Royals assignment, or rather I demanded the Royals assignment. I'm not sure I've ever enjoyed writing a column more. You can read it here - the column is one of our free ones, fortunately. Be sure to click on the podcast link at the end; by the time I finished the column I had completely convinced myself that the Royals were going to win it all, so I didn't have to summon much of my high school acting chops for that piece.
Anyway, I hope that whets your appetite for Monday, and for this season's preview, which I hope to post here Monday morning.