So, the Kansas City Royals have been on some kind of fire the last two years. Which is kind of a gift from the Gods, really. They were the best when I was a tyke. Almost and should have won the World Series in 1980 when George Brett almost hit .400 — the first baller to do it since Teddy Williams, my book-learnin’ mentor (curse you Philadelphia Phillies). Then they won it all in the I-70 Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 (Queen’s We are the Champions is still echoing in my head from that night).
Since then? Nothin’. Nada. Some Bo Jackson fun in the late 80’s. But other than that, the team became basically the best farm club in the majors. Small market source for good players to migrate to good teams where success has fertile ground.
Then last year, miracles and magic. The underdog Royals made it to the World Series somehow. Didn’t win it, but man, what a rush (damn you San Francisco). This year, the Royals returned strong as 1980. Arguably the best team in the Bigs. Nothing could stop them.
Except Jenny McCarty and the idiot anti-Vax dark ages science-denialists. That’s anti-vaccination, if you were fortunate not to recognize what I was talking about. Jenny McCarthy got it in her head that vaccinations cause autism from some quack scientist’s hokey and now-withdrawn, disgraced work (he lost his license to ever practice medicine again over his fraudulent research here, BTW). But, the damage was done. Millions of uneducated mommys saw McCarthy on the TeeVee and took it to be qualified advice, somehow. And, the anti-vax movement was born. Now, in America, of all countries, kids aren’t getting vaccinated and diseases that the modern world had wiped out are back and epidemics are regular news.
All fun and games until it takes out professional sports. America’s game.
Two players on the Royals have contracted Chicken Pox. Sounds like a kid’s thing, and it is. Until it isn’t. When adults get it, it puts them down for months and often kills them. Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios have chicken pox.
Just two players, right? Wrong. Chicken pox is super-contagious. And, you are incredibly contagious for weeks before you even know you have it. The entire team could have it. If so, the Royals are DONE. Watch some ESPN guys discuss it:
Of course, it’s only a game. Maybe they’ll be back for another shot in another 30 years and America will have shaken off the stupid so medieval disgrace like this won’t ever happen again. Thanks a lot Jenny McCarthy, FOX News, and all the people who don’t have the sense to think for themselves or master 6th grade science.
And, now for a kid whose parents had the sense to vaccinate him so he wasn’t sick and could enjoy a big ice cream cone at a Royals game before the killer outbreak.