What made this interesting is we finally saw a sign that somebody on the team is as sick and tired of losing to Kansas City as we fans are.
Slugger Jose Abreu credited the Royals for their "desire to win" and "hunger to win games and to be good" in an interview with MLB.com's Scott Merkin after Monday's 8-3 loss in Kansas City.
In a follow-up question, Abreu was asked whether the Sox possessed that same desire to win.
"No," Abreu said, while shaking his head.
Are any other words necessary after that? Not really, but just look at these facts:
- The Sox finished 5-14 against Kansas City this year.
- The Sox lost all six series against the Royals in 2016, and have lost the past seven series between the two teams dating back to last year.
- The Sox are 18-39 against the Royals during the three seasons Abreu has been on the team.
- The Sox had the lead in nine out of 10 games at Kauffman Stadium this year, and they still managed to go 2-8.
- The Sox blew five games against the Royals this season in which they had the lead in the seventh inning or later.
- The Sox went 1-7 in one-run games against the Royals this season.
- The Royals are 71-40 in the last 111 games between the two teams dating back to 2011.
For Kansas City to own the Sox like this is unacceptable, and it's about time somebody on the team said something about it. The question is, what are the Sox going to do about it for next year?
Hopefully, at least part of the answer will be a change in leadership in the dugout. This whole business of getting killed by AL Central opponents has gone on long enough.