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An Introduction To This Royals Blog


Hello and welcome to the very first post here at the Broken Bat Single Royals Blog* at the Lawrence Journal-World. First, I want to thank the editors at the LJ World for allowing me to create this blog and for featuring it on the site. I hope that I can provide content that is up to their very high standards.

*The name is currently pending. I reserve the right to change it the moment I come up with something better or you suggest something better in the comments.

Quite simply, this will be a blog about the Kansas City Royals baseball team, however I hope for it to become more than just that. I want this to be a blog that can re-ignite the passions of Royals fans who read the LJ World and conversely I hope I can introduce the LJ World to Royals fans who may not have looked to it in the past.

I love the blog format, because when it's good it becomes a conversation. The readers and reader comments can become as important as the content provided by the author. In some ways I feel like it's a discussion that I get to lead. So I want to encourage you to join in the conversation via the comments. I welcome criticism, praise and everything in between. My only request is that you keep it clean, follow the rules of the LJ World and try and be as thoughtful and intelligent as possible. I'd like any commenter to think prior to posting "does this add or subtract from the ongoing conversation", if it adds then post it. If not, then just hold it in.

I will be engaging with the commentariat as well. I think it's vitally important that the author of a blog responds to criticism and attempts to drive the comments in the proper direction. I believe the tone of the comments are largely if not completely due to the way in which the author engages with the readership.

So my idea here is to have a conversation about the Kansas City Royals. I'll do my best to come up with thoughtful and intelligent articles which will hopefully spur similar comments. Primarily you will see a post every Monday of the baseball season. That post should be a week in review and week in preview. If I do my job right, if you only read that post you should have a good idea of what's going on in the land of the Royals, and it should be accessible to casual and hard core fans alike.

At this point, you may be wondering who I am. Good question. Hi, I'm Nick. I've been writing about the Royals on the internet for a few years now. For the last year, I've been a weekly contributor to the Royals Authority, I've had my work featured on other sites including ESPN.com and I also host the Broken Bat Single Royals podcast.

I'm a Royals fanatic, but I'm realistic. I'm not here to pump sunshine and rainbows in regards to the Royals. I'll do my best to be unbiased and to bring you accurate and interesting information on the team. I'll expect you to call me out when I don't fulfill that promise. In the coming days, I'll bring you a preview of the team and I'll be in Surprise with first hand accounts of Spring Training.

I truly believe that this is a great time to re-ignite or begin a passion for the Kansas City Royals. I know how hard it has been to be a fan for the last couple of decades. I understand that there is a lot of apathy and anger directed towards the team, and rightfully so. I also know that this region contains a lot of passionate baseball fans who yearn for a winner and a team that makes them proud.

I hope this gives you a sliver of insight on what this blog will be about, what I hope it can be and what I expect in the comments. I'm really excited to create this blog from scratch and can't wait to get started. I hope you'll follow along with me.

Nick Scott is a contributor to Royals Authority and is the host of the Broken Bat Single Royals podcast, you can follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


RonBurgandy 7 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Nick! I've enjoyed your stuff over at Royals Authority, and am glad you're spreading all things Royals out west. Good luck reversing a lot of cynicism though, but I'm sure you're quite aware of all that.

Nick Scott 7 years, 2 months ago

Trust me. I'm quite aware of the cyncism and it's perfectly understandable. Who wouldn't be cynical of this team. Frankly, I'd be afraid of someone who wasn't at least a little cynical. I'm a Royals fan like you are. I don't intend to try and spread the gospel of St. Dayton. I just like writing about and discussing the Royals. Whether that discussion is about something positive or negative is mostly up to the club.

schula 7 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Nick! I am a huge baseball fan -- thanks to my grandpa! Alas, he passed away in November 2008 and the start of baseball season makes me miss him even more. That said, I look forward to reading your blogs and commenting. I hope you are able to re-ignite the Royals fans. I love the Royals and am also a huge Chicago Cubs fan. I plan to attend at least one game when the come to town in June.

Nick Scott 7 years, 2 months ago


I am a huge baseball fan also thanks to my grandfather. He had Royals season tickets and took me all the time. This blog wouldn't exist without him. i can't take much credit for igniting a fanbase, that's going to be up to the club to win some games. Hopefully I can ignite some discussion and maybe bring a few fans along with me.

The Cubs are also my National League team. I lived for a short while on the northside and have liked them for nearly as long as I've liked the Royals. One of my best pieces of memorabilia is a ticket stub to the very first Cubs night game.

Thanks for commenting. I hope you bookmark the blog and keep coming back to comment.

Nick Scott 7 years, 2 months ago

$5 for Yankees tickets? That seems very cheap. I've never been to a game in New York, I'd really like to cross that off of my baseball to do list.

Nick Scott 7 years, 2 months ago

That's a great deal. I had no idea they were doing it. It sure works out for you and any other Royal fans in New York.

Royals 7 years, 2 months ago

Welcome to the LJWorld Nick. I've read some your articles in the past.

Nick Scott 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks. I appreciate the welcome. I'm hoping that the fact you've read my articles is a good thing and I haven't ruined your opinion of me somewhere along the way. If so, that post was probably written by my evil twin with the same name. That guy is a complete jerk.

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