#RaisedRoyal and #RaisingRoyal

#RaisedRoyal and #RaisingRoyal

How I was Raised Royal and will be Raising Royal.
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I absolutely love the slogan for the 2017 Kansas City Royals season.




#RaisedRoyal pays tribute to those of us that have been there through it all. Those of us who grew up absolutely despising talk radio, except for the man himself, Denny Matthews. (Seriously, his voice is like being wrapped in a warm towel coming straight out of the dryer. He is the Vin Scully of the Midwest)

For the games we couldn't attend, we would tune in to listen to Denny Matthews paint us a picture of the game so vivid it felt like you were there.

#RaisedRoyal pays tribute to those of us that remember when the local radio stations used to play their own remix of Bad Day by Daniel Powter.






Instead of 'So you had a bad day' it was,

'So you had a bad game..'

Yes. We were that bad.

I used to spend my days leading up to summer anxiously awaiting our annual 'family trips to the K'. Longing to hear the rip of the bat against the ball as cheers echo throughout the, mostly filled stadiums.

(There were some tough years in the past, HyVee tickets used to be practically free just trying to bring people in.)

As it got closer and closer to baseball season you could almost taste the frozen lemonade and hear the lemonade guy in your head.. You know who I'm talking about.

"LEMONADE LEMONADE LEMOOONNNADDDEEEE!"

I miss him.

No matter how bad we were during our off years, the games were always still so fun. Listening to Denny Matthews on the radio made you wish you were there. Our boys in blue still found ways to make the games exciting. There is never a boring moment in Kauffman stadium. Surrounded by our boys in blue, fans screaming till their faces turn blue, all this excitement happening in a sea so beautifully blue the ocean would be jealous.



As a new mom making her way through her twenties, I think I finally understand just how important the Royals have been throughout my life.

So many memories throughout my childhood years, my awkward years, my teenage years and my first adult years have to do with cheering the Royals on to victory or sulking in the sadness and anger of a tough loss. (Yes, I still hate the Giants. No I'm not over game 7.)

My first athlete crushes were on Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa. But then Hosmer came along and stole my heart. I'm sorry, but he's quite the catch. LOL. (No seriously Eric, my dugout or yours?)

My family both immediate and extended, would try to make it to as many games as we could. My Grandpa and Grammy even made it to a few games and what a blessing that was. In fact, my Grandpa was the one who told me,

"There is nothing better than cold beer and baseball."

And every game we made it to, I would beg my mom for cotton candy; and 90% of the time she said no.

My closet has always been 80% Royals gear.

Our Summer's always revolved around the Royals, and I'd love nothing more than to share those same experiences with my son and for him to create his own memories.

So he can be #RaisedRoyal just as I was.


So he can be shown on the jumbotron as many times as I have.

Seriously, my cousin and I have made it on the jumbotron dancing like fools more times than I can accurately remember. But being their surrounded by great family, fans and even better music... (Friends in Low Places, anyone?) made those moments some of the happiest moments of my life so far.




































As Kansas Citians I think there for a while we were all kind of bracing ourselves to be the next Chicago Cubs and go 108 years without a World Series win. Which would've meant most of us would've gone our whole lives without seeing a post season.

But our boys in blue put in the blood, sweat and tears to give us two post seasons back to back.

Two World Series back to back. We made it to game 7 in 2014 and then went on to WIN the 2015 World Series?! Sometimes it still feels like a dream.

When I went to Game 4 of the Royals vs Orioles American League Championship, that definitely felt like a dream. To be there with my Papa, the one who taught me the beauty of baseball, and see our boys clinch the World Series; it still feels unreal.



The 2014 and 2015 Royals brought a whole new magic to KC. They brought us the blue October KC had been longing for. They gave us memories we will never forget.

They brought us together as a community.


A community gathered to rally around our boys in blue as they went for the crown. There was a magic in the air throughout all of KC during the postseasons that were unforgettable.

We've lost a few of those key players to other teams, and we've lost our Ace to the big man upstairs, but for those of us #RaisedRoyal, they will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

I could write about the Royals and all of the emotions they've brought me throughout my life forever, but those reasons are just a few of many why I was #RaisedRoyal and why I will be raising my son Royal!

In other news.....

Is it Opening Day yet?!



































































Cover Image Credit: Meghan Harre

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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Move Over, LeBron, Baker Mayfield Is The New Cleveland Goat

The Browns were known for always losing, then Baker Mayfield came onto the scene.

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On September 20th, 2018, the Cleveland Brown's received their first win since December of 2016. Finally, after 635 days of losing.

The Browns fans rallied behind our very own quarterback, Baker Mayfield, to end the game against the New York Jets to 21-17. Many believe the game was carried on the shoulders of Mayfield as he propelled for 201 passing yards during this game. As the Browns won their first game of the season at home, the city of Cleveland practically exploded from excitement and of course, the chained up Bud Light refrigerators, were finally opened.

The Browns made the fans excited and proud as they improved their season to 1-1-1.

The Cleveland Browns won their second game of the season to the Baltimore Ravens by the skin of their teeth. As the Brown's went into over time, the win of the game was just shy of one field goal to beat their division rivals. Mayfield during this game threw for 342 yards, a touchdown and one interception, leading his team to a victory.

After Greg Joseph, kicker, missed a 50-yard kick, the game was forced into overtime. Mayfield drove his team down the field and as time expired, Joseph was up to line to redeem himself, making a 37-yard field goal, giving the Brown's another victory.

As the Browns started to encounter a four-game losing streak, they were in need of some positive energy as they were heading into bye week. The Browns showed their momentum as they received a 28-16 win against the Atlantic Falcons. Mayfield accounted for completing 17 out of the 20 throws for 216 yards.

The Browns were able to end on a high note as they went into their bye week.

Then, the Browns had an exciting win against the Cincinnati Bengals, as they snatched a 35-20 victory and killed their road losing streak. The Browns had not won on the road since October 11, 2015 — with 25 straight loses away from home, the second-longest in NFL history.

Mayfield was able to account for 19 of 26 throws for 258 yards and also a single-game rookie-record four touchdowns. Mayfield averaged about 9.9 yards per attempt and connected with eight different receivers during this invigorating win.

The Browns were able to improve their season to 4-6-1, which for the Browns, is pretty good.

Mayfield, a rookie and 2018 first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns, has been called "the Goat" by many young Brown's fans. I even have a friend that jokingly said he's going to name one of his kids after Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield may be a rookie but it's clear that his talents and leadership has given a spotlight to the Browns. Although the offense and defense for the Browns show willpower and determination to make their fans proud and happy, Mayfield shows that his rookie experience will come along way with this team.

Baker Mayfield thus far in the 2018 season has accounted for 17 touchdowns and has thrown for 2,242 yards. After LeBron James left the Cavs to join the Lakers, it seemed as though there was no hope for Cleveland sports anymore.

The Browns improving their season and having Baker Mayfield, Cleveland’s new goat. is exactly what the city of Cleveland needs.

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