“Up to the plate came Moustakas. Collmenter relies on deception rather than dynamism. He tested Moustakas with a 3-1 cutter down the middle. A line drive exploded off the bat and screamed past the right-field fence. Moustakas reclaimed the team lead in homers with 14.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer, in his game story for the Royals 4-3 win at Arizona Wednesday night, The Kansas City Star
GH: I pulled up McCullough’s game story from last night’s win to get a quote that exemplified his writing skills – which I believe to be plentiful. Instead, this stinker of a paragraph grabbed by attention. Dynamism? Screaming past the right-field fence? This clunker aside, the young man can write. Read on for an example of his prowess with a pen.
“The baseball hung in the sky for eight seconds, and Billy Butler stared upward for the duration. His eyes were bare, without protective shades to ward off any glare, but he insisted afterward the sun had not hampered him. As Jonny Gomes’ soaring pop-up floated toward first base, the Royals’ temporary replacement shuffled around and made a backhanded stab. ‘I just misjudged it,’ Butler said in a quiet clubhouse after his team absorbed an 8-3 drubbing by the Oakland Athletics.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer, in his game story for the Royals 8-3 loss at Oakland last Friday night, The Kansas City Star
GH: This was McCullough’s lede for his Friday night game story and it vividly described Butler’s stumbling effort and the game’s pivotal play. And it was all done in a tightly written paragraph. McCullough looks to be another nice find by The Star’s sports desk.
“I don’t want to hear about Junior Hemmingway anymore! He’s been around here for three years! Wouldn’t we know if Junior Hemmingway was going to do something? I’d rather hear about somebody else! If these (other receivers) can’t beat out Junior Hemmingway… That’s another one – Donny Avery! How long’s he been with the team – four or five years?”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: It sometimes takes a bit to get Clinkscale worked up on the air but it appears that the dearth of talent available to the Chiefs is the tipping point. As I listened to his rant, I wondered how great it would be if he turned to Kevin Kietzman and proclaimed, “And I am sick and tired of hearing about your golf game! And how much money Jack Harry owes you from your two-bit bets! And haven’t we had just about enough of these damn grilling segments?” Talk about some quality radio…
“Corey Kluber’s numbers in four post All-Star break starts: 34 innings, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 35 Ks.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, on the Indians sensational young starter, Twitter
GH: Kluber did not make the AL All-Star roster – which was a ridiculous slight. He appears to be taking the snub to heart and mowing down just about every hitter he faces in the second half of the season.
“You gotta have motivation to (pass block). You’ve got to be ‘hongry!’ … If you’re gonna bull rush me, I’m gonna come back next play and cut (block) you. You gonna bull rush me? I’m not the biggest and the strongest but I can play your game as well. If he tries to come up to me I’m gonna try and chop his legs off.”
Jamal Charles, when asked about his pass-blocking skills, 810 AM
GH: We often hear that the problem with the Texas Longhorns is that their players are soft from the country club life style they led under Mack Brown. Jamaal Charles is the exception to that stereotype. Mitch Holthus calls him the toughest Chiefs player he has come across in 20 years. Mitch might be right.
“The things I saw (at Chiefs camp) is the same thing everybody is talking about – the offensive line and the secondary. Are those two areas going to be able to overcome some of the questions people have about them? I didn’t walk away feeling better about it to be honest with you. I think they’ve got a lot of issues.”
Jeff Chadiha, NFL reporter, on his visit to the Chiefs camp in St. Joseph, 810 AM
“It will not make you feel better to see that (Chiefs’) secondary.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Our last look at the Chiefs secondary was in Indianapolis as they surrendered one of the biggest second-half leads in NFL postseason play. It does not sound like Andy Reid has found a solution. This will very likely be a problem in the AFC West.
“You’re not going anywhere in the AFC unless you can manage to cover Denver’s wide receivers.”
Louis Riddick, ESPN NFL analyst, in an interview with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
“I see the way that secondary plays and the quarterbacks they are going to have to play and I can see a lot of flags flying.”
Jeff Chadiha, on the rules changes that will be new this year could hamper the Chiefs style of pass coverage, 810 AM GH: Were the Chiefs DBs even close enough to the Colts’ receivers to garner a flag last January?
“The Chiefs rewarded (Justin) Houston for honoring his current obligations by offering a new contract. Houston didn’t like it. Per a league source, a ‘huge’ gap current exists between the team’s offer and Houston’s demands.”
Mike Florio, nbcsports.com
“I’ve got a hunch this Justin Houston thing is going to get done sooner rather than later.” Bob Fescoe, 610 AM GH: Take your pick on who to believe in the Justin Houston contract dispute – Florio or Fescoe.
“(Danny) Parkins and I were talking and it doesn’t seem like people are as excited about the Chiefs as they normally are this time of year.”
Carrington Harrison, after seeing that the number of Chiefs fans attending the team’s first day of camp at Missouri Western looked to be less than in past years, 610 AM
GH: Harrison made this statement on the first day of camp so his opinion may have since changed. But there does seem to be a bit less buzz this summer about the Chiefs’ upcoming season. How many folks at your office are wearing red today? We have one guy in a Chiefs shirt.
“I want to see Weston Dressler in action tonight. Rider fans rave about him. Probably get a good look tonight.”
@ArrowheadPride, on the diminutive former wide-out from the Canadian Football League, Twitter
GH: We all love to see the little guy with almost no chance make a big splash. Call it The Rudy factor in sports. But with the poor quality of the Chiefs secondary, any camp stats from the Chiefs wide-outs might be as worthless as the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason game. BTW: Click here for some great info on ArrowheadPride.com as to where and how to watch tonight’s Chiefs preseason game.
“Brandon Carr can’t even cover a receiver who is laying on his back.”
John Q. Cowboys Fan, Twitter
GH: This link from Jimmy Kimmel Live shows Dallas Cowboys players reading “mean tweets” about themselves from Cowboy fans. The former Chiefs corner, Brandon Carr’s reaction at the end is priceless.
“I’ll give you one secret – Italian dressing. Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise.” Wallace Gilberry, the former Chiefs defensive end who now plays for the Bengals, in an interview Wednesday with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Gilberry swears his smoked BBQ is better than anything we can buy here in KC. Mayo? Wallace is smoking something but it ain’t ribs.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and @greghall24