It’s batter up in the second game of the ALS championship between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles. The Royals won the first game in the best-of-seven series Friday night in 10 innings, Kansas City’s fifth straight win, four of which have been in extra innings.

I just want my NFPW friends in Kansas and Missouri to know I’m doing my part in cheering on the Royals. It was 1985 the last time they made the playoffs, so there is a lot of pent-up cheering to do.

I was a big KC fan in the George Brett-Frank White, etc. era that included a World Series win.

But I kind of lost interest in baseball in recent years because so many players change teams so often that it’s hard to develop a relationship with a team, especially from long distance.

I was raised on the principle that you always do your part.

My dad served on the local school board for about 11 years. He was treasurer for many of those years at a time when that meant doing book work that now is done by a superintendent or business manager in bigger school districts.

My parents always did their parts at church and for other community events. My late farmer brother Glen couldn’t be a volunteer firefighter because our farm is 11 miles from town, but he was on the rural fire district board for a long time.

In farm country, everyone pitches in to help when someone needs it. In the spring when Glen first was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, area farmers finished planting his crops. At silage-cutting time in the early fall, farmers go from place to place with the silage cutter until all the silos are full of winter cattle feed.

I tend to gravitate toward people who can’t imagine not doing their part, whether it’s stepping up to take a leadership role in their affiliate, NFPW or other organization; volunteering to help with special projects at work or within their communities; or just being dependable by doing the tasks they said they’d do.

So, how am I doing my part when it comes to a baseball playoff?

One way is to feel good for fans like Gwen Larson of Emporia who got to go to Kansas City’s Sunday playoff game against the Angels.

However, my most important contribution is to stop watching the Royals playoff games when the other team starts a comeback or ties the game, and especially when a game goes into extra innings.

I sense that I’m a jinx when I care too much about the outcome of a game.

I’ve gone to bed early more than once during a televised Nebraska football game in hopes the Huskers can pull out a fourth-quarter win after playing terrible for three quarters, which they almost did against Michigan State a week ago.

I’ve seen only replays of all but one of Kansas City’s playoff wins, including the one last night. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was check the Internet from my phone to see which team won.
It’s 2-0 Kansas City at the end of the first inning now. That’s great. If the Royals can keep their offense going, I might be able to watch the entire game – nine innings only, of course.

If the Baltimore bats get too hot or if the game is tied at the end of nine innings, I will do my part and change the channel.

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