They might have last season, when they were a bunch of wide-eyed youngsters.
But after a 4-2 loss to the Yankees resulted in the first sweep of the Royals this season, the mood inside the home clubhouse Sunday was one of resolve moreso than despair - even though Kansas City has lost six of its last seven games.
"We're still in a good spot," Eric Hosmer said. "We're right at the top of the division and we don't want to try too much to break out of it. We know if we just show up and continue to play, we're going to be where we want to be at the end of the year."
After all, the Royals are still 18-16 as they depart for a nine-game road trip.