The Kansas City Royals have thrown caution and especially superstition to the wind by announcing a playoffs pricing plan for its season-ticket holders in the middle of August.
Teams must certainly get their affairs in order before the regular season ends and playoffs begin, but Aug. 14 seems pretty (pretty, pretty … ) aggressive.
Kansas City Star, the team wrote in an email to season-ticket holders, "Seat assignments, invoice payments and ticket distribution must be completed in September in preparation for potential 2014 postseason games. Current Royals season-ticket holders will receive an exclusive online opportunity to reserve playoff tickets before the general public is given an opportunity to purchase."
The 66-54 Royals currently have a one-half game lead over the Tigers and face competition for a wildcard spot from the Angels, Mariners, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rays, Indians … well, pretty much from every team except the Astros and Rangers.
Recall the spectacular September meltdowns by the the 2007 New York Mets (seven-game lead in NL East on Sept. 12), the 2011 Atlanta Braves (8.5-game lead in the wildcard race on Sept. 6) and 2011 Boston Red Sox (nine-game wildcard lead in September).
Anyhow, chalk it up to a zealous fan base and front office.
To quote Lorde from "Royals": Let me live that fantasy.