OTC: 610 & Parkins Promote Ned Yost Interview / KK Says He Was Wrong About Gordon, But Not Really

“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.

“Won’t happen. We’ll ask fair questions and follow up. Should be fun. RT @DaRealMattOates i legitimately expect you guys to get hung up on!”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: David Glass walked out on Parkins when he interviewed him last year on a remote. It was difficult to tell listening to the interview if Glass was upset with the questions or just had to go to the bathroom. In other words there wasn’t a lot of verbal vitriol. Parkins’ goal with Yost should be to engage him in difficult questions which befit a manager who has steered his club from seven games over .500 to losing to maybe the worst team in baseball and a 20-21 record all in about two weeks. Yost should expect tough questions. Parkins should deliver tough questions. It should be good radio.

“I won’t ask that question.”
Nate Bukaty, when urged by Steven St. John to ask Ned Yost in his next interview if there is a manager tree, 810 AM
GH: I have long thought that our Kansas City pressers with coaches and athletes are just too damn cordial. Everybody places too nice – except Ned Yost or another millionaire coach or athlete who thinks he can degrade or talk down to the media and fan base. Bukaty would be uncomfortable breaching that “professional” decorum that is expected here in Loserville. I say go Howard Stern on Ned, Nate.

“This (Houston team) is the worst major-league baseball team and collection of talent I have ever seen.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM

“You cannot lose this (Houston) series. With the team we’ve got, we should go in there and put it to them.”
Jaime Bluma, 810 AM

“Look, I don’t profess to have all the answers but it’s becoming more and more obvious that neither does Ned Yost.”
Jack Harry, KSHB.com
GH: Is tonight’s game in Houston the most important in Ned Yost’s career here in Kansas City? Does Dayton Moore think hard about firing Yost if his club loses the series to the hapless Astros? Does David Glass wipe out seven years of Dayton Moore’s building and just set fire to his entire front office if they can’t beat Houston? Tune into tonight for these answers and more Moose musings.

“Note to #Royals … Snap out of it. Losing by 1 run, no matter the foe, plays tricks on the mind. Find ways to win. You’re better than this.”
Dinn Mann, @dinnmann, Twitter
GH: The one-run losses eat at both a team’s psyche and the manager’s abilities. The manager is supposed to be able to make a difference in enough one-run games to halt these kinds of skids. Yost appears to fuel these slides with his decision making (pulling Shields continues to haunt us) rather than stop them.

“I can never recall Dick (Howser) getting frustrated and blasting at the media. But we never went through a stretch were we lost 9 out of 13 or 10 out of 13.”
George Brett, while discussing Ned Yost’s “tree rant” with Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler, 610 AM

“I haven’t given up on Moustakas. I haven’t given up on any of them because I know what they are capable of doing. I just wish they would start living up to their capabilities a little sooner I guess.”
George Brett, 610 AM
GH: There might be some who are willing to “give up” on Moose but I don’t know of many. What I want the Royals to do is whatever is best for Moose to become who so many predicted he would be. Sending Moose to Omaha is not giving up. Rather it might be what saves him.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that (Moustakas) is a solid every-day major-league player. He’s just going through a funk right now. Sometimes these funks are a little hard to come out of.”
George Brett, 610 AM
GH: That sounds like George is backing off what I hoped Moose would be – an All-Star third baseman. A solid every-day ML player would be an improvement over what he is but not really the kind of guy you build your next five or six years around.

“Someone says, ‘Ned is short for Damn Fool.’”
Josh Klingler, reading a reader’s text as they were trying to determine Yost’s given name, 610 AM

“Ned Yost is being accused of never admitting he is wrong. I know what that’s like because I get accused of that here (on this show). … I was wrong about almost everything about Sporting Kansas City. I was wrong about the name change…”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Sporting Kansas City? Does anyone even remember what KK or anybody said about SKC? Kietzman tried to go into humble apology mode on his Monday show but it just didn’t come off as I am guessing he planned. Read on.

“I think it’s helpful to you and maybe helpful to me that I can come forward and say, ‘Boy, did I blow that one!’ I was giving up on Alex Gordon when other people weren’t giving up on Alex Gordon. Some fans were. The Royals weren’t. I was wrong. He turned out to be a better ball player than it appeared he would be.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: If Kevin would have stopped his Alex Gordon confession here he would have won the monologue. But he could not stop here. He is not built for admitting his mistakes. He is built to never be wrong. He and Ned Yost share that trait. Read on.

“I was wrong about Alex Gordon. … There was no reason to believe that Alex Gordon would be sitting here hitting .343. I do believe that the first quarter of this season will be his best quarter. I was really close to giving up on Alex Gordon. I was wrong.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: There were all kinds of reasons to believe Alex Gordon would become a great MLB hitter. He was the NCAA player of the year, the AA POTY and Billy Butler himself, Kevin’s favorite player, called Gordon the best hitter he ever played with or against. Gordon struggled mightily his first two seasons but he has hit .303, .294 and .343 for 2011, ‘12 and now ‘13. KK was calling Gordon a bust and a mistake in April of this year.

“I see Ned Yost’s side of this. What I can’t agree with Ned Yost on is the sarcasm that he uses.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK knows sarcasm (or at least passive aggressive criticism) well. Read on.

“(Gordon) got far enough into his career going back and forth between here and Omaha doing absolutely nothing, that there was absolutely no reason to believe Alex Gordon was going to be sitting here on May 20th hitting .343. There was no reason to believe that! The Royals believed that in blind faith. … Alex Gordon was way past this point (of where Hosmer and Moustakas are) still shuffling back and forth between Kansas City and Omaha.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“I don’t think he’s going to finish this year at .343. If he does, it’ll be one of the all-time great years in the history of the Royals’ franchise. I believe that the first quarter of this season will be his best quarter of the season. He will not duplicate over 40 games what he’s done over these 40 games. But Alex Gordon is a very good major league player.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I don’t hardly believe anything KK says but Kevin Kietzman is a very good sports talk show host.

“The sad thing is that Kevin Seitzer made millions and millions of dollars for Alex Gordon. He changed Alex Gordon as a hitter. … Kevin Seitzer retooled and rebuilt him and he turned into a hitter that can hit a lot of different pitches in a lot of different places from being a mistake-only hitter. If you remember, Alex Gordon would occasionally tantalize you with a home run while hitting .220 when the pitcher missed one right down the middle.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: What is sad about Seitzer doing what he was paid to do and Gordon doing what he was paid to do? KK says some very odd things when it comes to Alex Gordon. #Windaided

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25 Responses to OTC: 610 & Parkins Promote Ned Yost Interview / KK Says He Was Wrong About Gordon, But Not Really

  1. Gavin says:

    I’m not a Kietzman apologist, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that the “sad thing” is that Seitzer helped Gordon ao much and then got dumped by the Royals like he did, not that he succeeded with Gordon in the first place ..

  2. brett says:

    i’m annoyed by ned’s bully tactics, but i’m fairly indifferent to whether he is fired at this point. i’ve never thought managers impact the W/L record much in the american league.

    i’ve disagreed with many of his moves this season, most notably pulling shields before the 9th. but no one can convince me this team would have more than maybe 1-2 more wins with a different manager.

    the simple fact is this team wont amount to anything unless they start getting production from moose and hosmer, and unless everyone minus CF/2B/SS start hitting with power.

    i don’t know if you can blame the lack of offense on the manager or not. but my frustrations are directed more toward the individual players’ hitting struggles more so than whether ned brings in bruce chen instead of aaron crow in a sacrifice fly situation.

    with that said, ned is still a total douchebag.

    • Markus Aurelius says:

      I agree with you for the most part; however, I have to wonder one thing. If Ned doesn’t have enough common sense and/or self-control to refrain from making his condescending, asinine “third baseman tree” comments to the fans and media, then I have to wonder if he has enough common sense and self control to manage the morale and psyche of the 25 man roster. I realize that players are paid to perform but if you have a bunch of players that are all performing well below expectations for them and their skill sets at some point it suggests that the manager is not doing his job and/or not creating the right environment for success.

      • geo says:

        FWIW, I’ve heard it said by many that Yost face to face with his team and in the clubhouse is the polar opposite of Yost facing the media. He has no patience with the press and it shows. Reminds me of when Jeff Foxworthy said that Ned is one of the funniest guys he knows; he (Foxworthy) was geniunely baffled when people around here didn’t get that.

        • bs says:

          I don’t understand this. Clearly a huge part of his job is talking to the media about the team. He comes off as a giant ass.

  3. Doug Stewart says:

    After asking for 3 weeks we will have Ned on Thursday or Friday. Getting our turn after the flagship.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Doug, Will Ned be on The Program? Let me know once you get the interviewed confirmed.

      • Java Man says:

        At least Soren will ask relevant baseball questions. As opposed to some that will be hung up on a few Ned quotes hand picked by the media.

  4. Kevin says:

    Kietzman is jumping on Gordon’s bandwagon as soon as he’s done pissing on Alex’s bat.

  5. donkeypunch says:

    GH asked:
    Sporting Kansas City? Does anyone even remember what KK or anybody said about SKC?

    donkeypunch answers:
    GH, KK was ripping on the team for the name change to Sporting. He called it too European and people would never refer to them as Sporting. He more or less said they’d still be called the Wizards b/c we (Americans) do things our way and not the way the Europeans do

    • Greg Hall says:

      I should have known, Donk… I think he wanted to refer to them as the Blue Dogs or something like that?

    • JP says:

      I remember the announcement as it was done on 810. KK was so unimpressed and po’s about the name that he said “Let’s just go to commercial, I’m done with this”. I am paraphrasing but that was the tone when Sporting announced the name change.

    • Splitlog Quindaro says:

      Not only did KK rip the name that day.. he was eluding to “Sporting” as a verb and not a noun.. and further eluded to a crude use of the verb. I remember it well. It was awkward.

  6. who-fan says:

    It’s also no coincidence that KK completely changed his tune regarding Sporting KC after 810WHB became their radio affiliate….

    • Taxee says:

      KK also wants to let everybody know that he was wrong by saying The Bannister Mall would never close…………

      • Mysterious.j says:

        KK went on to admit he was wrong is referring to Don Chilito’s as KC’s most authentic Mexican restaurant…very wrong.

  7. JP says:

    Apparently Alex Gordon has a second home in Kansas City. He is living rent free inside KK’s brain. KK’s obsession with Gordon is starting to border on the ridiculous. Just say he is having a great year and move on. I wonder if KK would have focused this much on Gordon, if Alex had attended Iowa instead of Nebraska. Hmmm…

    I hope Parkins does ask the tough questions to Ned Toast Yost. His 3rd baseman tree comment was beyond idiotic, and his instant gratification remark about the fans needs to be addressed also. To the above regarding Managers, I do think some make a difference. Whey you are the Royals, your manager cannot be making stupid mistakes late in games. They have now lost 4 1-run games in a row, these are games that one move can make a difference. Ned does not appear to have what it takes to be a winning manager. He started out good (see Sunday win in Philadelphia) but he has reverted back to his typical ways. He also sets the environment, and if he is freaking out, it comes off to the young players. They will press.

  8. nick says:

    Listened to Danny Parkin’s interview with Yost. Thought Parkins did a good job. He walked a good line of being hard hitting enough to get a thoughtful answer but not too offensive to totally piss off The Ned.

    The interesting thing I heard from Ned was, after being asked what the team’s offensive philosophy is, Ned started his answer with something like, “for what we have to work with….”

    Hardly an endorsement of his players. Yost sounded perplexed and disappointed they’re not hitting more home runs. Perhaps not happy with the hitting coach?

    I think Moore or somebody got to Ned and told him to lighten to not get testy. Didn’t sound like post-game Ned.

    • Bob Sacamano says:

      I was quite disappointed in the interview. I was hoping Danny would ask Ned about yanking Shields and whyhe might feel that after that has happened the Royals have gone 3-11.

  9. I guess Ned is going to have to tighten the belt and just call for more home runs.

  10. kc fan says:

    Off topic but Paul Finebaum is going to ESPN and SEC Network.

  11. Ultimate Dude says:

    None of this matters. Same shit different year.

    KK is a wealthy prick

    Royals blow

    The KC Media claims they’ll stop talking ku and recognize other local college teams “when they do something”. KSU just accomplished a trifecta of football, bball and baseball and hardly a mention.

    Yep, still same ole, KC.

    • kcredsox says:

      After winning the Big 12 conference, what did the teams do after that? So far, nothing! I’m not a Jayhawk fan, but they have won the Big One several times, and KSU?

  12. The Smartman says:

    610 should change their tag line to, “We play the Dead”. If Moose were in any more of a funk he’d be George Clinton. Batting, like golf is 90% mental and 10% mental. If your head ain’t right you aren’t going to be successful.

  13. BlackJack says:

    I think KK actually, sarcastically said he would refer to them as the “Sportos” or “Sporties”.

    Also, he continues to rail against MLS for following the European model, and says that MLS should put their own “American” stamp on soccer here in the U.S. (rolls eyes..)