"My wife and I were going to Hawaii," lamented pitcher James Shields. "I'm supposed to be there right now."
|James Shields and his wife not vacationing in Hawaii|
"Yeah, me too," added outfielder Alex Gordon. "We booked a flight for October 5th. I figured no way would we still be in the playoffs now."
Other Royals players echoed Gordon's sentiments, saying that even though they had acknowledged the possibility of Kansas City making it to the one-game wild card playoff, the likelihood of advancing further was almost nonexistent.
Catcher Salvador Perez seemed to take it even harder than most:
"This is bullshit. My plane tickets to Cancun are non-refundable. Non-refundable. None of us saw this coming," he told reporters yesterday. "I mean, last time this team was in the playoffs I wasn't even born."
"I didn't even know we were allowed in the playoffs," Eric Hosmer [1B] chimed in.
DH Billy Butler reportedly complained to journalists that he hadn't planned a trip, but had really been looking forward to watching the LCS from home.
|"I was gonna make nachos, too!"|
Though bemoaning their missed vacation time, players are taking solace in the knowledge that at least they'll finally get some time off after getting swept by Baltimore.