Sure, the Yankees will always have great prospects to replace aging stars. That's because they have scouts traipsing through every corrugated tin roof village in Central America and the Caribbean, throwing wads of cash at any 12-year-old with a fastball. Yet the Royals' farm system might be better. ESPN's Jerry Crasnik says Kansas City has the most prospect-laden minor league system in the game, and Keith Law has six Royals in his top 100 MLB prospects.
Those young players are about to set an incredible record, too—one that may never be broken. Once mega-touted third-base prospect Mike Moustakas gets called up from Omaha, he will join Billy Butler, Jeremy Jeffress, Dan Duffy, Michael Montgomery, and Sean O'Sullivan to form the single most alliterative roster in the whole history of Major League Baseball.
Being a Royal—and a Royals fan—also means breathing the sweet, laid-back air of lowered expectations. Yankee fans are spoiled rotten by victory. Accustomed to winning, they could care less about an AL East title or just getting another pennant. Unless the team wins a World Series, nobody in Yankeeland is happy. And, what with winning a World Series being hard and all, Yankee fans are consequently unhappy a lot. Maybe that's why New Yorkers wear so much black.
Not so in KC, where merely competent baseball would be a thrill. If the Royals could somehow manage a .500 record, the city's victory-starved fans would likely dance naked in the aisles of Kauffman. Figuratively, of course. We hope. Despite a vast selection of frou-frou chow, Yankee Stadium doesn't sell the James Beard- and Zagat Award-winning pan fried chicken from Stroud's Restaurant that Kauffman does. Which helps explain why KC always makes that America's Fattest Cities list, and why any Royals' fans dancing in the aisles probably ought to leave their clothes on.
Kaufman Stadium is also surrounded by greenery, including public parks where underprivileged youth might romp and frolic. Yankee Stadium, built by demolishing a 25-acre park in the already-toxic South Bronx, is a monument to greed, and an architectural expression of the wealth stratification that threatens to tear apart the fabric of American life.
Like seats in the first nine rows, the Legends Suite, which top out at $2,600 per tush, and offer access to exclusive restaurants and a lounge. They also let you stay away from the riff-raff, aka your fellow baseball fans. The Legends Suite seats are separated from the rest of the lower deck by a now-infamous plexiglass "moat" that keeps fans sitting in less ritzy parts of the park from getting close to the field—even during pregame batting practice, which sows the seeds of class hatred, dividing people in a place where they should be coming together.
But here's the M. Night Shyamalan surprise ending: The new Yankee Stadium was designed by the architecture firm formerly known as HOK Sport, based in, you guessed it, Kansas City. In all likelihood, the divisive seating setup in Yankee Stadium is all part of a brilliant plan by Royals' loyalists inside HOK to suck all the energy out of the Yankees' ballpark and so rob them of any home field advantage.