Buster Olney, MLB expert for ESPN, when asked by The Border Patrol how bad was it for the Royals to lose a series to Houston, 810 AM
GH: The Royals went 1-2 in Houston and came darn close to getting swept by the Lastros. How bad is this Houston team? Let’s let Buster explain. Read on.
“(The Astros) are possibly one of the worst baseball teams in history. … They’re going to set an all-time record for strikeouts. They are on a pace to win about 46 games. They are on a pace to have a run differential of something in the range of minus 300 – which would be one of the worst of all time. So this is just an absolutely abysmal team that according to scouts might have four or five major league players.”
Buster Olney, MLB expert for ESPN, 810 AM
GH: But be patient, Royals fans. These things take time.
“Listen, everyone’s going to criticize the interview. I understand that every Royals fan wants to interview Ned Yost. We did our best.”
Danny Parkins, after a caller criticized his interview with the Royals’ Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: Criticism. It is such a misunderstood tool. Too many see it as “hating” on an individual – especially when the critique is aimed at them. The media (like Parkins) who make their living critiquing athletes, coaches and front office personnel – need to understand that their work is also up for critique. It is one of the staples of my Off The Couch column. Parkins had the Royals skipper on the phone live for a 20-minute interview Tuesday afternoon and covered a variety of subjects. I have broken this interview into separate sections and decided to highlight how Parkins and Yost handled the questions about the Royals promising but struggling third baseman, Mike Moustakas – who is currently mired in a 2-for-38 slump. It gives a good overall view of how I think the interview was executed.
“Get the feeling if I don’t curse at Ned (which I won’t) people will feel I screwed up. RT @bograble76 Don’t screw this interview up Parkins!”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, after fielding tweets about his upcoming interview with Ned Yost scheduled for around 3:15 PM today (Tuesday), Twitter
GH: Danny Parkins and 610 have been promoting his live interview with the Royals skipper since it was booked and they can’t really hype it too much. The timing for this interview could hardly be more perfect for a new afternoon-drive sports talk show trying to capture some market share from King Kevin. This could be Parkins’ defining moment in Kansas City sports talk radio. Too much hyperbole? I think not. Read on.
“Maybe when we get home, I can go to the third base tree and pick another third baseman. … Obviously, third basemen who can hit and hit with power, they must grow on trees. They’ve got to. Like relief pitchers. And starting pitchers. Right fielders. Left fielders. First basemen. All of these guys must grow on trees, and you must be able to just go get another good one. A ripe one. Make sure it’s ripe.”
Ned Yost, in Saturday’s Kansas City Star
GH: What’s ripe is Ned Yost’s act – ripe to the point of starting to stink. Read on.
“Is there a manager tree?”
Frank Boal, KSHB TV 41
“(Fred) White was let go by the Royals after the 1999 season, through no fault of his own, and like many Royals fans I couldn’t stand Ryan Lefebvre for the first year or two, before I finally gave in and acknowledged he was actually sort of good at this broadcasting thing too. I’m still not sure whether Ryan got better at his craft, or whether I just needed time to process that he wasn’t Fred White.”
Rany Jazayerli, ranyontheroyals.com
GH: I have heard Ryan speak extensively the past few days and over his 14-year tenure with the Royals about how his replacing Fred White caused him to be unloved by the Royals’ fan base. I am sure there was some of this but not nearly as much as Ryan credits. The Beaver was just bad when he got the Royals gig. Painfully bad. He was dry, humorless and the stiffest 20-something this side of Brazzers.com. Ryan was nowhere near ready to be handed a MLB play-by-play gig at the age of 27. I rode him hard because he lacked talent, not because he replaced Fred. 14 years later, Lefebvre has honed himself into a listenable albeit not great play-by-play broadcaster. I don’t mind his work at all now – but let’s not forget where he came from.