Wild-card race could be a battle Royal

Thanks to an impressive first month, expect the Royals to be in a wild race throughout this season.

Originally Published: April 29, 2003
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

Go ahead and bookmark this link to the American League wild-card standings. Trust us, you're going to be using it a lot this summer.

Having spent the better part of the last two weeks watching Mike Sweeney and the Kansas City Royals, we've come away thinking the ALWC is going to be the best, most wide-open race in all of baseball this season. Why, you ask, would the Royals -- they of the 4½-game lead in the AL Central -- make me think of the wild-card race?

Well, ...

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