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Wed., March 13, 2013, 2:58 p.m.

KC Royals fan heading for the showers

Longtime SR stalwart Ryan "Pine Tar" Pitts says goodbye to the newspaper after this week.

He says he has an exciting new job lined up. And I believe him.

But newsrooms can be skeptical places. So there have been murmurs.

Is it mere coincidence that he is leaving just before the start of the baseball season?

Or, in a workplace populated by at least one fan of every other American League Central team, does this diehard Royals rooter simply want to avoid sharing another summer of water cooler banter about his field of broken dreams?

Might he be so bone-weary of pennant-race irrelevance that he would rather work from home than rub shoulders with, say, White Sox or Tigers fans?

I, for one, would not speculate on something so personal.

But perhaps you have dealt with Ryan. He has been our go-to web guy, after all. So feel free to weigh in.

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