As it turned out,
Brett was introduced at the Royals' home opener, April 9, not to boos, but to a
modest ovation. Did that mean that Brett had controlled the damage? "There
weren't enough people there to tell," he says, laughing. "It was too
cold." More seriously, Brett adds, "I live in Kansas City and I've
spent the best years of my life here. I don't want to see those nine years of
The Royals seem
confident that Brett is winning his fans back. The competitive fires were
stoked this winter," Schuerholz says. "He walked out of our meeting,
and he was the George Brett of old. Animated. Excited."
reconciliation with the fans will probably take some time, but the fury of
Brett's bat in April suggests that he will do whatever is necessary to disperse
any anger that may remain. In fact, as he proved with last week's comic
somersault out of the batter's box, he'll even bend over backward.