A couple of things about meeting Royals general manager Allard Baird:
First, it was something that I'd been anticipating with both excitement and dread for a few years. Excitement, because since 1975 I've spent many, many thousands of hours watching the Royals, listening to the Royals and thinking about the Royals. Dread, because since roughly 1990 I've spent many hundreds of hours complaining about the Royals. Sometimes publicly, and sometimes specifically about Baird himself.