#Hot Corner

Writer to fan: LET IT GO

Brian Blanco

Bob Dutton covers the Royals like nobody else, he's exceptionally accessible, and he's generally good-natured when dealing with whatever silly questions fans happen to throw his way.

Still, I think he might be a little off the beam here:

Look, I understand how a writer might become tired of certain things. Believe me, I do understand. And Dutton, in routinely answering questions via Twitter, does something I've never done. On the other hand: Let it go? Really?

That trade happened less than a year ago. People are still upset about the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. That happened nearly 60 years ago. People in Cleveland are still upset about Rocky Colavito getting traded to the Tigers. Being upset about things, or at least remembering them -- not letting go of things -- is what makes us sports fans. Passionate sports fans, anyway.

Some significant percentage of people at Kauffman Stadium this season probably never heard of Wil Myers before the trade, and probably forgot about Wil Myers shortly afterward. But those aren't the people who pepper Bob Dutton with questions on Twitter, or watch his video reports, or hang on every word he writes about the Royals throughout and beyond the long season. The people who do those things, many of them anyway, are the same people who will never forget the trade, who will always wonder what sort of numbers Wil Myers might have put up as a Royal.

It doesn't mean they can't understand the trade, or even support it. But that's not the same as letting go. Real fans, the fans who pay the bills for people like me and Bob Dutton, don't let it go. They never let it go. Thank God.

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