OTC: Royals 2nd Half Begins W/ A Thud. Who Is Accountable? Anybody? / Petro’s Interview W/ Chiefs’ Alex Smith Shines

“Remember, I came up with an organization that if you didn’t do your job they’d get rid of you. I always understood that my priorities were on the field first. I knew that I was playing for my job.”
Derek Jeter, when asked during the All-Star Game how he has been able to fashion such a successful career in MLB and stay out of the headlines off the field, Fox
GH: Curse the Yankee Way all you want. Scoff at the arrogance of the Cardinals rich tradition as well. But understand that these organizations demand accountability – something the Royals lost 20 years ago along their David Glass highway to hell.

“Another Royals loss, this one with the added bonus of seeing the Chris Sale they should have drafted. Something happening soon?”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, following the Royals fourth straight loss, a 3-1 loss to the White Sox, Twitter
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OTC Is OOT For The Rest Of The Week / Annual Red Man Golf Trip

IMG_8511I am out of town this week and I have put my Off The Couch column on vacation until next week.

I am in Omaha playing in the 39th Annual Red Man Two-Man Scramble Golf Tourney in Omaha. Some college-age buddies and I started this tourney back in the mid-70s and we still travel back to the same old city course where we all met so many summers ago. Everybody should travel back in time on a regular basis to touch base with their former lives. This tourney is one of my favorite weekends of the year and at the same time one of my wife’s most hated. Somehow I remain married and an annual participant in the Red Man.

Look forward to seeing you back here next week. Meanwhile, let’s hope the Royals get that second-half mojo motoring and the Chiefs start their journey toward another playoff season. Catch me on Twitter @greghall24.

Greghall24@yahoo.com

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OTC: Hudler Urges Royals Fans & Players To Don’t Stop Believin’ / KK Fears For Mizzou FB After Pinkel

“The Royals sixth-inning song now this year has been Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. And that is exactly what the fans here need to do. They need to stay behind this ball club and believe it can happen. And maybe the players, they’ve got to believe it! I think they do.”
Rex Hudler, as the Royals enter the All-Star break at 48-46 and 6.5 games behind Detroit, Fox Sports KC
GH: Let’s hope the players at least believe they can repeat their second-half surge of last season. As fans, we don’t have much of a choice other than to watch, hope and wait to see if this Royals team can end the 29-year playoff drought.

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OTC: Tigers Send KC A Message W/ 16-4 Beat Down That It Is Not 1985 / And Maybe Not Even Close

“The Royals drew only 21,000 (Thursday) night and that was smaller than every other announced crowd in baseball except Seattle.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: The Royals will be close to a sellout tonight and Saturday night at The K. Yes, it’s Dollar Night and fireworks night tonight and Saturday’s fans will be lured in part by the Salvy bobblehead giveaway. But that’s what happens when you smother the heart of a baseball town for 30 years with promises and slogans.

“Let’s see if the Royals fans show up tonight. This is what they said they’ve always wanted. ‘Just show me a winner and we’ll be out there (at The K),’ is what they’ve said. Well, here’s your chance. They won 86 games last year and they have the Tigers in town for a big four-game series this weekend. Time to show up.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I pretty much detest when members of the media snarl at the paying public for not showing up to a sporting event. And KK was snarling and baiting and chastising Royals fans Thursday prior to the game about supporting the team by buying tickets. MLB, the NFL and big-time college sports cannot have it both ways. You don’t get to make billions off of TV contracts and then complain that your fans prefer to watch the game via their $200-per-month cable/Internet provider.

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OTC: Sal Perez Saves Royals Road Trip W/ Dramatic 3-Run Homer / Is He The Most Underpaid Player In MLB?

“What was going through Jarrod Dyson’s head as Salvador Perez’s homer approached the foul pole: ‘Mother[expletive], get out!’”
Andy McCullough, @McCulloughStar, on the Royals catcher’s three-run eighth-inning homer to beat the Rays 5-4 Wednesday night, Twitter
GH: I sat on my couch Wednesday night half watching the Royals head toward another loss as the ninth inning rally looked to be nothing more than another disappointment. Then Perez lifted a ceiling-high pop up toward the cozy left-field corner at Tampa’s Trop. The 320-sometihng fly ball would have been an unceremonious out at The K. Instead, it turned the Royals road trip from a loser into a winner. In what may be the biggest win in Ned Yost’s Royals’ career, the Royals did what they so often have had done to them.

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OTC: Hosmer Remains Royals Pet But Also Becoming The Media’s Target / Kietzman Is Not Fair Game For Your Jokes

“I think you would have to say that Dayton Moore is putting his job in the hands of Eric Hosmer.”
Soren Petro, on the perception that the Royals have decided to strap their 2014 postseason hopes onto the back of their first baseman no matter his offensive numbers, 810 AM

“I’m sorry, but Eric Hosmer is a six-foot-four, 220-pound first baseman singles hitter! I have to have better than that! At first base you have to have some pop! Not a number-two hole singles hitter. He doesn’t want to change. He thinks he’s doing fine. And the Royals want to make sure that he believes he’s doing good.”
Mike Boddicker, 810 AM
GH: Some believe Eric Hosmer is the key offensive player to the Royals playing in the postseason this October or not. Ned Yost and the Royals continue to treat Hosmer like he is George Brett and some of the local media and fans are starting to question their parenting skills. First it was Moose and now it’s Hoz.

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OTC: KC Star’s Mellinger Alludes To Drama Inside Royals’ Clubhouse But Delivers Lollipops

“The last thing this eight-years-in-the-Processing Royals season needs is drama, but here it is anyway. One of the team’s highest-paid and longest-tenured players feels singled out and is going passive-aggressive to make his point and subtly call out a teammate.”
Sam Mellinger, sports columnist, in his lede for his Tuesday column in The Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger took this column to a place not often ventured by The Kansas City Star’s sports section. Whether drama inside the Royals clubhouse between Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer and Ned Yost exists or not, having the lead sports columnist write about it in the newspaper creates the perception that it is real. I would prefer to read this kind of controversial column from Mellinger when the Royals are in town so their reaction is more immediate but I applaud the effort…but not the result.  

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