We go through good times and bad, but nothing ever really lasts. No matter how joyous or how sad a period of time has been, there will come a day when we have to recognize that a chapter has closed and it's time to turn the page.
Nobody feels this more acutely right now than fans of the Kansas City Royals. Over the past eight years, we watched as a priceless crop of rookies climbed through the ranks into the major leagues. The experts told us that this group would make the Royals competitive again, really good news after so many years of just really bad baseball. The Royals went to the World Series in 2014, ending just 90 feet from an improbable win. That shortfall provided the motivation for that team in 2015. For most of the year, they were the best team in baseball, along with the Cardinals. And on a cold November night in the Big Apple, they brought home the trophy. A million fans turned out for the parade and the celebration, and in a perfect demonstration of the class of that midwestern city, there were only two arrests that day, both of young men who had imbibed a bit too much celebratory alcohol. There was no violence, no riots, no stores were trashed, no police cars were rolled and burned. It was just a massive surge of shared joy and pride.