Get your jokes in now

With MLB's best farm system, the long-suffering Royals intend to get the last laugh

Updated: March 26, 2011, 1:18 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the April 4 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

YOU STARTED HEARING THE MUSIC carrying through the night air a few years ago. It sounded rough and discordant, sure, but something in those stops and starts caught your attention. There was a certain beat, or the lilt of a voice, or an inspired drum solo. It kept getting better, to the point where, after pulling into the driveway, you'd stop and listen for a minute or two before going inside. Roll down the windows, ...

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