Growing pains for the Royals kids

The ups and downs of living up to the hype for Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer

Originally Published: July 5, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

It was always a bit of a stretch to believe the Kansas City Royals would ascend to the baseball mountaintop this season. But if you slathered on some eye black on Opening Day and squinted very hard from the observation deck at One Kansas City Place, you might have at least thought it was a possibility.

Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City will host an All-Star Game for the first time since 1973, when John Mayberry, Amos Otis and Cookie Rojas represented the home team. This year, ...

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