Hey. AC here. I have a 1993 Kansas City Royals yearbook. I don’t remember getting it, and I really don’t know why, after moving dozens of times since the Royals 25th Anniversary Season, this is one of the few things that always makes it through.
It’s like a security blanket I guess. There’s something comforting about opening it up and seeing those $5.00 General Admission ticket prices, CAL all over the schedule and a lack of website URLs. I suppose it’s the same feeling Ned Yost gets when he’s cleaning his hunting rifles.
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to share a little bit of this vintage publication with you from time to time. I’ll just open up to a random page and talk about it. Hence, we arrive at the title of this series of blog posts: AC Talks About A Page From His 1993 Kansas City Royals Yearbook. I can already tell you that this will be post 1 of 88 in the series.
Now, let’s get started. Here we go. I’ll just flip this beauty open and see what we have…
Dammit. I don’t even remember this guy!
Guess I’ll just go with it. Alright. Curtis Wilkerson. Says here he played 111 games for the Royals in 1992. What?! Seems like I should’ve remembered him then. What’s up with these football cleats he’s got on? He looks like he’s ready to get picked off of second base. I do like those wristbands though. He’s wearing those triangle logo wristbands that you could get by sending in two proofs of purchase of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Believe me, I got a pair.
Let’s get back to the bio.
“Curtis has played for four clubs in his nine full seasons as [sic] the big league level…owns a lifetime average of .245 but is a career .280 pinch hitter…was the only non-roster spring training invitee to make the Opening Day roster…”
First off, the ellipses are not mine, it’s written that way! Like a bulleted list in paragraph form. I don’t have my MLA Handbook around, but I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. Secondly, you’ll notice a typo just twelve words in. Go Royals print media team! You’re the Best! Finally, does that brief description remind you of someone we know?!
EMIL BROWN! Curtis Wilkerson was the 1993 Emil Brown. Made the team as a non-roster invitee. Mediocre outfield journeyman. He’s black. Samesies!
Well, looks like we’re out of time. I really enjoyed our time with Curtis tonight, and I hope you did too. If anyone has some fond memories of this bumstick, feel free to continue the discussion in the comment section.
Go 1993 Royals! You’re Going to Win 83 Games!