“‘Everybody thought we had the greatest offseason in the history of whatever and people in the game were saying we did as good as anybody in improving the team,’ a Royals official said.”
The above quote appeared in a Dick Kaegel puff piece for MLB.com, hailing Dayton Moore and the Kansas Royals on their off-season acquisitions of (seriously) Rick Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist, Mike Jacobs and Kyle Farnsworth. And while I’m loathe to bash KC too strongly considering what we’ve witnessed from Omar Minaya this winter, Rany On The Royals’ Rany Jazayerli (above) considers the above statement to be “the single most delusional quote in the history of the franchise” (“I could criticize this quote from now till kingdom come, but really, this quote transcends criticism. It is a masterpiece of hallucinatory thinking. I™m convinced the secret to cold fusion is locked somewhere inside that quote.”)
The only proper response is not criticism “ it is mockery. Let™s imagine what this anonymous Royals™ official would have said about some famous historical events:
France, 1940: œEverybody thought we had the greatest series of concrete fortifications and trenches in the history of whatever and generals were saying we did as good as anybody in defending our border.
The set of Heaven™s Gate, 1980: œEverybody thought we had made the greatest movie in the history of whatever and critics were saying we did as good as anybody in crafting a 3-hour, 39-minute film.
Massachusetts, 2010: œEverybody thought we had run the greatest campaign in the history of whatever and politicians were saying we did as good as anybody in running for Senate.