Major announcement: Royals fans are not impressed

The Kansas City Royals promised a major announcement Thursday and fans of the team were excited. When they found out it was the signing of pitcher Jason Vargas, they went on with their day.

Lefty Jason Vargas brings his 4.30 career ERA to Kansas City.

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen.”

Jason Vargas has just signed a deal with the Kansas City Royals ...

Not impressed? Well, neither was anybody else.

It all started with a couple tweets from two well-respected baseball sources:


Obviously, this drummed up a lot of excitement from Royals’ faithful.

And the speculation began …

Some thought Carlos Beltran was making a glorious return to the team that drafted him in 1995. Others thought maybe it was Robinson Cano or a James Shields contract extension.

Though, many (wiser) Royals fans who have been duped in the past were preparing themselves for a big letdown.

Well, it was a free-agent signing, just not one that anybody predicted.

Jason Vargas is a serviceable left-handed starting pitcher, but he is far from worthy of a “major announcement.” His eight years in the bigs have been spent with the Marlins, Mets, Mariners and Angels — and along the way he’s racked up a career 4.30 ERA and a 1.319 WHIP. Those mediocre numbers are hard to get excited about.

This is essentially the equivalent of signing Tom Gorzelanny. Sorry, Tom.

What started out as a major announcement turned into a major disappointment. And no major disappointment would be complete without the inevitable Twitter backlash:

In other news, the Royals also announced that the men’s restrooms at Kauffman Stadium were out of toilet paper.

Though, this really shouldn't come as much of a shock since the word “major” has been used loosely before.



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