The Kansas City Royals might be one of the worst teams in the American League, but they have a few very good players who are consistently available. One of them is Whit Merrifield, who just saw his bonkers record of 553 consecutive games played end due to a toe injury.
Another KC legend, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, couldn’t help but react to the amazing accomplishment on Twitter:
Congrats on a heck of a run! @WhitMerrifield cant wait to see you back out there! https://t.co/IFS1ewSDiv
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 12, 2022
Not only did Whit Merrifield set a franchise record, but it’s also the longest streak of games played in a row since 2007. A big-league season is absolutely grueling, especially for a position player. 162 contests is a whole lot and there is minimal rest in between series. The fact that Merrifield hasn’t missed a single game until now speaks to the athlete he truly is.
To put it into perspective, the last time Merrifield didn’t take the field for the Royals before this latest setback was June 24th, 2018. Yes, more than four years ago. Insane. Nevertheless, Whit Merrifield is proud of what he managed to accomplish. Via MLB.com:
“It’s unfortunate it had to happen this way,” Merrifield said on Mondy. “I’ve been — lucky is a good word for it in some instances, but I’ve put myself in a good position to play every day physically, mentality-wise. I showed up ready to play no matter the circumstance, whether I was going good or bad. It’s been a long run. I’m proud of it.”
Luck is definitely a part of it, but nonetheless, it’s impressive. As for Patrick Mahomes, he’ll be looking to give the city of Kansas City something to cheer about in 2022 as the Chiefs look to make a run to the Super Bowl.
Congrats Whit Merrifield, this is quite the feat.