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Royals try to buy credibility

Updated: December 10, 2006, 12:39 PM ET
The Soviet Union abandons Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan leaves office, replaced by George H.W. Bush. There is a massacre in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Michelle Wie is born. There is an earthquake at the World Series.

The year is 1989, which is the last time that the Kansas City Royals achieved 90 victories in any season, finishing with 92. The last time they appeared in any playoff game was on Oct. 27, 1985. Remember, in the deepest recesses of our memories, how 21-year-old Bret Saberhagen pitched a shutout and mugged for the cameras?

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