“I have no explanation how a 5’11” guy can command fire like this. I am left with one inescapable conclusion: Yordano Ventura is a Targaryen.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: Ace Ventura might just have some dragon in him. Every start of his is going to be must-see-TV this season…and hopefully for years to come.
“Let’s back up (about Yordano Ventura). IF he’s not an ace we are going to curse his name in two years. That’s what fans of bad teams do. Right now we love him but if this team continues to lose we will be beating up on him just like we’re beating up on Billy Butler right now. … My expectations have been a quite a bit lower than the bandwagon fans. I’m not completely on board that it’s going to be a spectacular year for this kid.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: This was Petro’s intro to saying how impressed he was with Ventura’s outing last night in Houston. Kind of an odd way of saying, “Hey, looks like I was wrong,” but Petro doesn’t admit mistakes easily.” Read on.
“Last night is concrete proof of (Ventura’s) ability. Last night is a reason to say, ‘Okay, it’s just not stuff.’”
Soren Petro, who was impressed that Ventura got through seven innings, 810 AM
GH: It was the Astros though, Soren, wasn’t it?
“Don Free (Royals Radio producer/engineer) was offered an Astros’ jacket but he’s a true Royals loyalist – 29 years with Royals Radio – and he refused it.”
Steve Stewart, play-by-play voice for Royals Radio, as the temps in Houston dipped into the low 50s Tuesday night at the Royals/Astros game, Royals Radio
GH: Stewart mentioned that Free had expected the roof to be closed at the Astros’ park and so he did not wear his jacket to the game. Free fended off the cold under some blankets while he worked the game instead of wearing the opposition’s colors. I met Free years ago when Fred White introduced me to him and immediately liked him. If there is one book I would like to read from someone who has followed the Royals and their broadcast team it would be Free’s book. But I doubt Don will ever write such a book. In the 29 years he has been with Royals Radio he has never been heard to speak on the air. And I don’t expect him to start talking once he retires.
“If Moose doesn’t change that stance it’s going to be a long year. There are too many variables in that thing! There’s too much movement.”
Mike Boddicker, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: Moose has gone to an exaggerated open stance that served him very well in spring training. Up north is just makes him look like he’s lost and willing to try just about anything to get his average up to.200.
“Happy to see @raford3 (Robert Ford) doing so well in Houston.”
Carrington Harrison, @cdotharrison, on the former Royals pre- and postgame talk show host who is now the Denny Matthews of the Astros, Twitter
GH: I found Ford to be too bland and unemotional for my taste when it came to hosting a Royals talk show host through some of their more decrepit and disappointing years. He sounded prepared, knowledgeable and boring on the radio. I was surprised to hear he won the Astros’ radio play-by-play job – but happy to report he is far better suited in this role. I hope he eventually gets to work for a team that wins something.
“Vin Scully. The only Dodger employee who could get a warm ovation in San Francisco.”
Andrew Baggerly, SF Giants beat reporter for Comcast, on Giants fans applauding the iconic Dodgers’ radio man now for 65 seasons, @CSNBaggs. Twitter
GH: 65 seasons with the same team? I often get on broadcasters who just don’t know when to hang it up but Vin Scully might be the exception to that often abused rule. Listening to Scully is an education in life as much as it is baseball. I wish more play-by-play voices understood this.
“They are just making sure they are thoughtful in everything they do.”
Kevin Harlan, on the Chiefs passive nature in free agency this off-season, 810 AM
“Over the second half (of the Chiefs’ season), they were the worst defense in the NFL. Doesn’t that have to be where you’re focusing (for the draft)?”
Soren Petro, on the Chiefs, 810 AM
GH: There has been little talk about the Chiefs draft including the defense as a priority. Wide receiver, offensive lineman, running backs and even quarterbacks seem to be the topic over a defensive back or down lineman. But Petro’s point is a good one. Anyone who watched Andrew Luck eviscerate the Chiefs defense in the playoffs knows the problem that day was not on offense.
“Where are (the Chiefs) going to go in the draft? Man, this is the first year where it is a crap shoot! A lot of people are saying they need a playmaker but in my gut I think they need to find an offensive lineman. But I don’t think the fan base is gonna stomach it. I don’t think anybody knows where the Chiefs are gonna go in this draft.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: I like them taking a wide receiver if they can’t trade down for more picks. You?
“I used to think the greatest sitcom was All in the Family. Then it was replaced by Seinfeld. But I’ve got to tell you, Modern Family is moving into rarified air. I’m watching episodes of Modern Family that you probably saw four years ago that I’ve just discovering now. That show is phenomenal! Phenomenal! I’m putting it number three on my all-time list ahead of The Odd Couple – and it’s with a bullet!”
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
GH: My all-time sitcom list has to place Seinfeld at the top with Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm number two. The Michael Scott years if The Office were some of the best as well. Frasier had incredible writers. Cheers just doesn’t hold up as well when looking back but I loved it in the ‘80s. While I enjoyed Lucy, Beaver, Andy Griffin, Bewitched and those B/W sitcoms from my youth, they were not in the same class as today’s best sitcoms. Who you got?
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