KANSAS CITY -- As Royals fans know by now, closer Jonathan Broxton is not known for clean innings. There always seems to be an element of suspense involved, a runner or two -- or three! -- before he escapes.
When he got the save in Saturday night's 6-3 win over the White Sox, he'd converted 22 of 26 save opportunities and this one was something of an oddity -- he did it with a 1-2-3 inning.
"The thing that really impresses me about Broxton is no matter what trouble he gets in, he never panics, he never gets flustered, he keeps making his pitches and finds ways to get out of it," manager Ned Yost said afterward. "But it was nice to see him come in with a three-run lead and get a 1-2-3 inning, that's for sure."
That was only the sixth time in Broxton's 22 saves that he'd done it with a perfect inning. But, aha, there's a method to Broxton's madness if, of course, we can take the big guy seriously.
"The fans don't pay for that, they want excitement," Broxton said with a mischievous grin. "Especially on the road, you get 'em all pumped up, get 'em right there on the edge of their seats. ..."
And then, boom, squelch their hopes.
That's drama. Maybe that's why they call it The Show.