“While on with 610 Sports Danny Parkins at the Bartle Hall Fan Fest, Glass was being interviewed about Fan Fest. He was asked about the rumors of him selling the team and called those claims ‘stupid.’ When questions turned toward his ownership and fiscal management of the team, Glass set down his microphone and walked off the set.”
Chris Kamler, aka @FakeNed, RamblingMorons.com
GH: I did not hear the David Glass interview with Danny Parkins live. I listened to the replay on Kamler’s website, RamblingMorons.com – which is the only place on the web it is available. 610 Sports, which podcasts all of its shows, chose to not post this interview. It appears that was not a popular decision with Parkins’ cohost, Carrington Harrison. Read on.
“Our show had a top 10 moment in the history of sports talk radio in this town today. I’m proud of that.”
Carrington Harrison, @CDotharrison, at 2:13 PM on July 6, 2012, referring to the David Glass interview, Twitter
GH: So why did 610 Sports choose to not post this “top-10 moment” on their website? When that question was posed to Harrison via Twitter, his response was cryptic but revealing. Read on.
“I stand by that statement. Anything else is outside of my control.”
Carrington Harrison, @CDotharrison, Twitter
GH: It is apparent from this tweet from Harrison that he believes the Glass interview should have been available on their show’s podcast. His boss or his boss’ boss must have not agreed. 610 Sports is the flagship rights holder of the Royals radio broadcasts. Someone at Entercom or with the Royals believed the interview to be too embarrassing to Glass or Parkins to post. I’ll let you decide.
“People are talking about whether or not you are going to sell after this big event coming to town. [Glass laughing] It’s like you have this game and then when it’s done then you will sell the team.”
Danny Parkins, to David Glass, 610 AM
GH: This quote and the transcript that follows is from Kamler’s RamblingMorons.com website. As I listened to the replay of the interview, I did not get the sense that Parkins’ questions were unfair or rude. I also did not get the sense that Glass was overly upset (at least verbally) with the line of questions. Read on and make your own conclusions.
“Yeah, that’s stupid. Uhh, I’ve never considered doing that and I would have no idea where that
David Glass, 610 AM
Parkins: “You would never consider selling the team?”
Parkins: “What do you say to fans who would like you to sell the team?”
Glass: “Uhh, yeah, I’m sorry.”
Parkins: “Do you know where that comes from?”
Glass: “I don’t have a clue, I have no idea.”
Parkins: “What do you say to fans that wish you spend more on payroll for this team?”
Glass: “Uhh, Well, in a market this size you can spend a certain amount on payroll. You… You’re never
going to be able to spend what the Yankees and the other big market teams can spend but our approach
from the very beginning has been that we’re not looking to make money with the franchise we simply
want to break even and if we have an if we have an opportunity to win we’ll step up and do whatever it
takes to… to help us take that extra step. But for the most part all the money that we can generate we’ll
spend on payroll and singing amateur players.”
Parkins: “Would you be willing to operate a season at a loss in order to sign a big time….”
Glass: “We’ve done that before and I suppose we’d do it again.”
Parkins: “We’re talking with Royals owner David Glass here on the Danny Parkins show…. Putting the
microphone down? Oh… oh… alright. Thank you sir for coming on the show he just put the microphone
down and walked away.”
GH: Maybe the scene played out differently live – but I did not get any sense from the audio of this interview that this was even in the top 100 moments in KC sports talk radio. The bigger story for me is what 610 Sports has refused to make the interview public on their website. How do you trust a radio station that censors its talent and protects the teams they are contractually bound to? 610 Sports took a giant hit to their credibility with this decision.
“I was stunned. The interview was obviously not over; Parkins certainly had more questions to ask. I could not believe that Glass would just walk away from questioning like a spoiled teenager. To make matters worse, 610 is the flagship station of the Royals’ radio network. It just seems like a really bad idea to treat a business partner like that.”
Darrin Watson, writer, pinetarpress.com
GH: Some who heard the interview believe Glass may have simply thought it was over. From Parkins’ comments, I find that hard to believe. Is Glass too old and crotchety to handle these less-than-friendly live interviews? I hope not. The owner of a team as perpetually awful as the Royals needs to be accountable to his fan base.
Danny Parkins, introducing his interview with the former Royals’ shortstop, 610 AM
GH: 610 Sports has a problem with introducing new talent to this market and attempting to push them to far too fast. Both Parkins and Josh Vernier are new to town but the lead hosts on their midday and afternoon-drive shows. Correctly pronouncing Patek is just one of the credibility problems that new voices present. But it is one that listeners remember.
“4 all the chatter bout what the media would say about KC, this city is shining in the spotlight & showin MLB what great baseball fans r here.”
Josh Vernier, @JoshVernier, Twitter
GH: Kevin Kietzman was one of the loudest voices last year declaring the All-Star Game would be a disaster for Kansas City and the way the MLB players and the national media would portray us and our town. I don’t understand anyone who gives a flip about how we are viewed by NYC, LA, Atlanta, Toronto or Vietnam. But it appears many if not all of these Chicken-Little fears have been unfounded.
“Winner tonight… Kansas City. Talk of the media was how big KC supported the Futures and Celebrity Games today. Congrats to KC fans.”
Soren Petro, @theprogramkc, Twitter
GH: I walked up to the ticket window for the Futures Game at 4:00 PM and was told it was sold out. I was flabbergasted. “Sold out???” I asked the nice lady. “We don’t have one ticket left to sell,” she replied. I had to return to the parking lot and purchase one from the scalper I had shunned only five minutes before. “You ain’t with the PO-leese, are ya?” he asked. I assured him I was as much a criminal as he and traded $20 for a ticket.
“40,000 plus at the Futures game. Can’t David Glass see what a winner would do for KC..AND…is pocketbook! How shortsighted can u be?”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
“Incredible experience at @MLBFutures today. I’ll never forget the support #Royals fans gave me!”
Wil Myers, @wilmyers, Twitter
GH: I cannot imagine what that atmosphere was like was Wil Myers and those minor leaguers. That had to be a very fun day for them in front of that throng.
“So after the game..the royals send myers back to omaha…why?? He’s done everything he can do in the minors..this is crazy!!”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
“Could see them waiting until June 2013.”
Robert Ford, @raford3, on when Royals’ fans can expect to see Wil Myers in Kansas City, Twitter
GH: No one knows what the Royals are thinking in regard to calling up Myers. My guess is we see him as soon as they can dump Frenchy and his contract – if that is even possible.
“Talked to the likes of Bo Jackson and Ozzie Smith over the past hour but am still bummed b/c Bones Jones was supposed to be here and isn’t.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: Really? This might be why 610 Sports is in a constant spin cycle.
“Wow — Matt Cassel was BOOED. In his HOME SPORTS COMPLEX. Harsh. Giant boos for Bill Self, too! Wow again. Lots of #mizzou peeps in the hizzy, apparently.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: The boos for Self and Cassel upset many KU and Chiefs fans. I see the boos as simply part of the job. Both are multimillionaire performers whose job it is to win games. That is always going to evoke strong passion from those who agree or disagree with how you do your job. I cannot imagine either took the boos as anything more than another day at the office.
“It’s not they don’t like [Cassel] ,they don’t like being told he’s good by Chiefs. Fans can make up their own minds.”
Bill Maas, @BillMaas, on fans booing Matt Cassel at All-Star softball game, Twitter
“Booing Bill Self is a bad look for KC. Remember folks this is on national tv, not just here in KC.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: Fescoe is obsessed with how the national media reports on their time here this week in Kansas City. I would think the boos signal just how great a rivalry the KU/MU battle was/is and how serious Chiefs fans are about demanding a winner. I see both as positives for KC.
“Mark Trumbo’s avg distance of 419.5 feet ranks first in the majors, minimum 10 home runs. 18 of his 22 home runs have been at least 400 feet.”
John Buccigross, @Buccigross, Twitter
GH: Trumbo just might hit one onto I-70 tonight. And at $350/ticket, that’s about as close as I’ll get to tonight’s Home Run Derby contest.
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