I just wanted to take a few minutes here and say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. To everyone who has ever listened to one of our podcasts. To everyone who watched the live draft show we did on Sunday night. To everyone who bought our Draft Guide. To everyone who follows us on Twitter. To everyone who has ever read an article of ours on the website. Thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for giving us a platform to share our passion with you. Thank you for following along over the last five years even though the Royals haven’t really been remotely competitive at any point in time during our existence. It’s hard being a fan of the big league team at times, and you all have shown us your support despite the fact that we don’t even cover the big league team all the time. And for that, we want to thank you.
When Patrick and I started this thing in June of 2017, the goal was just to create one free outlet where you could get all of the minor league coverage you could ever need for our Kansas City Royals. It’s not only fun for us to be able to have an outlet where we can share all of this with you, but it’s important to us to be able to promote these prospects for a number of reasons. Number one, because not many other people are doing it (that includes the organization they play for). Number two, Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, came out yesterday and said he rejects the idea that MiLB players aren’t paid a livable wage. This is asinine. Evidenced by the $185M MLB will have to pay to minor league players in a lawsuit that was just handed down by the federal government. Supporting and promoting these players is important to us, and we couldn’t do it without you giving us a platform to do so. And for that, we’d like to thank you.
I shared this message out on Twitter, but I figured I’d share it here again for context:
I received four or five messages like that the night that Nate Eaton blasted a home run into the Toronto night, giving the Royals the biggest upset victory of the season in Major League Baseball. The fact that anyone could feel that way moves me more than I could ever explain to you. Running this website the last few years since Patrick left us has been one of the joys of my professional life. I’m fortunate to have a career that is constantly rewarding, and the community that we’ve built around Royals Farm Report is just another layer on top of cool thing after cool thing that I get to do on most days. The draft show we did on Sunday was a dream come true for us. Selling over 300 copies of our Draft Guide blew our doors off. If you told me in 2018 we’d have 17,000 followers on Twitter one day, I would have called you crazy. This morning I’ll be on 810 WHB in Kansas City for the fourth time in two weeks talking about the draft. That’s not because of anything we’ve done here. It is 100% because of the trust and support that you all, the followers/listeners/readers/viewers, have dumped into us over the last five years. And for that, we cannot ever thank you enough.
I plan on doing this for the foreseeable future. We’ll see how things develop, but we have such an amazing group of people that do different kinds of work for the website that I just cannot imagine not being a part of this. NONE of it is possible without you, the people reading this right now. The money we make in ads from podcast downloads, the money we make in ads from readers on the website, the money we make selling the Draft Guide…you power this. You make this possible. This has been a dream come true for us. We just wanted to stop and thank you for all of your support along the way. So…thank you.
We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming when the All-Star Break comes to an end on Friday night.