By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
PSDC Funnyman And Brad Pitt Doppelgänger
I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.
The Royals are the Champions. The 2015 Major League Baseball season has come to a close, with a series of games that went deep into the night and thrilled most fans right to the very end. Well, most fans who don’t know the words to “Meet The Mets,” anyway. How did they do it? By doing their job. That’s it.
See, Here’s The Thing; At this point, saying “Do your job” has become very cliche in sports circles. it’s still pretty cool in sports rectangles, as well as sports parallelograms, but the circles are basically numb to hearing it. However, by no means does that make it any less relevant, correct, or championship worthy. While the cool sports folks use phrases like “Passing league,” “Spurtability,” and for some reason “FunkMaster J,” the teams that hoist the large trophies at the end of every season seem to rely on the old “Do your job.” The Mets had better starting pitching, the headline-garnering hitter on fire, and were the flashier team. The Royals did their job, and spent last night spraying champagne into each other’s eyes and sharing special kinds of “hugs” with groupies three at a time. Kansas City was on a mission, and they all bought into their roles in that mission. When you have a team that trusts each other so implicitly on the field that they can focus 100% on their own job, good things happen. “Count on me” is a phrase often spoken in athletics. The vast majority of the time, it’s lip service. On those rare occasions when a group of players actually believe it though, Championship droughts are ended. Ask the Patriots. Ask the US Women’s Soccer team. Ask you neighbor Kevin. You know, if he happens to have been on a championship team at some point in his life. He’ll tell you: “Do your job.” Then maybe that he’ll will return your garden tools he borrowed in March. Jerk.
Look, watching a small market team win a title is good for the hearts of Cleveland folks like me. Watching a small market team do it with a team of guys just doing their job is even better, because it gives fans of team without superstar payrolls hope. Congrats to the Kansas City Royals. 105 days until pitchers and catchers report and start doing their jobs again.