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Luxury Box Season Ticket Holder

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2008 Royals replay! New. Blue. Tradition.


I am starting a new Strat-o-Matic baseball replay, this time using the 2008 Kansas City Royals.   The Royals finished in 4th place in the A.L. Central, but they had a future all-star in Alex Gordon, a future Cy Young Award winner in Zack Greinke and a powerful slugger in created player, 1st baseman/DH Philip O'Leary.   The big news in 2008 for the team was that they started to make improvements to Kauffman Stadium, which included a huge HD scoreboard, and more scheduled for 2009.   The future looks bright for the Royals, so that's why I am starting with 2008.

The season begins on March 31st when the Royals take on the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.


March 31-April 3 at Comerica Park

#1: KC        6    8    1

      DET       5  10    1

win: Meche (1-0), loss: Seay, save: Soria (1), hr: Gordon 2 (2)

Alex Gordon provided all the offense the Royals needed as he hit 2 3-run homers in K.C.'s 6-5 win over Detroit.  The Tigers scored 4 runs in the 1st inning off Gil Meche, but only 1 in the final 8.  David DeJesus, Mark Grudzielanek and Gordon teamed up to collect 7 of the 8 Royals hits and all 6 runs.

#2: KC       9 12 4

       DET    6 10 2

win-Bannister (1-0), loss-Rogers, save-Soria (2), hr-Grudzielanek (1), Teahen (1), Sheffield

Mark Grudzielanek slugged his first grand slam of his career while John Buck drove in 2 runs and Mark Teahen had a homer and 2 RBI as the Royals edged the Tigers 9-6.  For the Tigers, Gary Sheffield cracked a 3-run homer while 4 other Tigers drove in a run.  Also for the Royals, Philip O'Leary was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

#3: KC   11 12 0

       DET   1   9 3

win: Greinke (1-0), loss: Bonderman, hr: O'Leary (1), Renteria

Mark Teahen had 4 hits, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and 2 runs scored, Jose Guillen and Ross Gload knocked in 2 runs apiece and Philip O'Leary hit a homer and scored 4 runs as 8 Royals had at least 1 hit and 6 had at least an RBI in KC's 11-1 romp over Detroit.  Zack Greinke hurled 6 scoreless innings of 6-hit ball to pick up the win, but Edgar Renteria broke up the shutout with a home run in the 8th inning.

Philip O'Leary this series:

#1 - 1-for-4, single, 2 strikeouts

#2 - 2-for-4, single, double, walk, RBI

#3 - 1-for-3, home run (1), 2 walks, reached on error, RBI, 4 runs scored

series - 4-for-11 (.364), 1 HR, 2 RBI

It's off to the Metrodome in Minneapolis for the Royals as they take on the Twins next, April 4-6.

Can anyone do a backstory on 1B/DH Philip O'Leary? He stands 6'3" and weighs 235 lbs. and is a slugger!


Luxury Box Season Ticket Holder

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April 4-6 at the Metrodome

KC 3 6 0
MIN 0 5 0
win: Duckworth (1-0), loss: Baker, save: Soria (3), hr: Guillen (1)

Brandon Duckworth threw a 3-hit shutout for 6 innings while Jose Guillen slugged his first homer of the season, and they scored 2 insurance runs, courtesy of Mark Grudzielanek and Alex Gordon, as the Royals blanked the Twins 3-0. Losing pitcher Scott Baker was also solid, going 7 innings, allowing just three hits.

game 2

KC 1 5 0
MIN 4 7 2

win: Hernandez, loss: Meche (1-1), save: Nathan, hr: Kubel

Jason Kubel cracked a home run and drove in 3 runs while Livan Hernandez scattered four hits in his 7 innings of work as the Twins handed the Royals their first loss of the season with a 4-1 win. Ross Gload provided the only KC run as his 7th inning single plated Alex Gordon.

game 3

KC 7 10 0
MIN 3 7 1

win: Tomko (1-0), loss: Bonser, hr: Guillen

Jose Guillen smashed his 2nd homer of the series, and drove in 4 runs, while Mark Teahen knocked in 2 and Alberto Callaspo had 3 hits as Kansas City improved to 5-1 with a 7-3 win at the Metrodome. Brett Tomko pitched just five innings, but he allowed just 2 runs and 4 hits. But losing pitcher Boof Bonser was atrocious in 5 frames, allowing 5 runs, 7 hits and 5 walks.

game 1: 0-for-3, walk
game 2: 1-for-3, single, walk
game 3: 1-for-4, single, walk
series: 2-for-10, 2 singles, 3 walks
season: 6-for-21 (.286), 5 singles, 1 double, 1 home run, 6 walks.

Up next: the Royals welcome the hated New York Yankees for their home opener at Kauffman Stadium, April 8-10.


Third Base Coach

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This should be fun to follow. Not to mention Soria coming out of the pen.


Baseball ... this field, this game ... It is part of our past.  It reminds us all of what once was good -- and could be again.

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