David Glass and an angry ad and what might be his last chance
The Kansas City Star
Well, this was inevitable. If anything, it’s a wonder that it took this long for a Kansas Citian to take out an ad in the Star telling David Glass to sell the Royals.
There is real money behind this — my daily massages don’t pay for themselves, you know — and real emotion. In every way that matters, this was a long time coming.
David Glass is the most hated sports figure in Kansas City, and it’s not close. The two easiest ways to start a conversation in this town are to ask how the Chiefs will do this fall or curse Glass’ name. Yesterday, I spoke at a Rotary Club. They invited me mostly to talk about the Olympics, but soon enough a nice man asked what I thought it would take for Glass to sell the team.
It doesn’t matter that Glass has been — all things considered — a very good small-market owner the last six years. I’m sure I’ll receive a few angry emails for even writing that, because every time I’ve written that I’ve received at least a few angry emails.
Fans don’t want to hear it, and I don’t blame them. Under Glass’ leadership, the Royals became quite possibly the worst franchise in sports so if your stance is that nothing short of a parade can make up for that, I understand. The Royals have done nothing but lose under Glass.
He turns 77 next month and if he’s the man I think he is — a very different one from the public perception of being disconnected and apathetic — this season is as frustrating as any for him. I’ve always wondered if he sees this current group as his best and last chance to see the franchise he saved from leaving with a bargain-basement purchase actually win.
This group is his best chance to quit being the caricature.
And, yes. I’m still pimping that column because it’s still hot fire.