The Royals–mired in an 8-game winning streak that has them within striking distance of third place–are more than just scrappy. They’ve got some players who are big-time class acts.
There’s superstar Mike Sweeney, who’s missed the past seven games because he strained a back muscle climbing into the back seat of a pickup truck and hunching down so his mother could sit in the front seat. Of course Sween would get hurt doing something nice. He’s always doing something nice.
Then there’s Paul Byrd.
Paul Byrd is on the verge of being traded, because he’s tied for the AL lead in wins despite pitching for a team with a losing record that, up until his last two starts, gave him very little run support. That inflates his market value. If someone dangles a hot prospect in front of their faces, Paul Byrd will be packing.
But in the meantime, he’s got fans. A group of fans occupy a section in the upper deck every home game he pitches, calling themselves The Byrd’s Nest.
So, as he trudged through pitching 9 innings Thursday afternoon, Byrd looked up, saw his fans in the upper deck, figured they were probably baking up there, and had a vendor send bottled water to them.