“This is the last slow week of summer in these parts I have concluded.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the dearth of sports stories to discuss in the middle of summer, 810 AM
GH: One of the reasons KK mentioned for his optimism that sports talk radio would begin to be more interesting next week was the fact that 810 will take their annual trip to Tahoe to interview celebrities as they come off the gold course. I always considered WHB’s annual Tahoe junket as one of the main culprits when it comes to slow summer sports talk radio. I’m sure Petro, KK and Chad enjoy this trip to paradise but as a listener, it ranks right up there with talking about grilled watermelon salad. I have an idea if Kietzman wants a lively hour to add to this dead zone time of the year – open up the phones and let unscreened callers weigh in on what they think of the Tahoe interviews. Talk about grilled!
“Everybody’s just filling time until football starts unless you’re in a market where there’s no relevant baseball. This is the most relevant the Royals have been in July in a decade.”
Danny Parkins, on the slow summer period for sports talk radio, 610 AM
GH: I hear this complaint every summer from the sports talk guys. Jack Harry also mentioned how he struggles to fill his short sports segment on KSHB TV 41 each night. How lazy can you get, guys? Okay, so you just can’t pick up the morning newspaper this month and have it fill your show’s content. (And don’t pretend that’s not a large part of your show prep – despite how much you malign the day-old news in The Star.) Use this “slow” period for some innovative and outside the box ideas. 610’s The Drive at least tried to get creative Wednesday with a game-show format pitting their afternoon hosts in a white/black music challenge. It was off the wall but I’m sure it had listeners interest. (Props to Jayice for getting that Beatles song.)
“Wade threw the ball fine. The numbers weren’t good, but the numbers don’t always tell the story.”
Ned Yost, after Wade Davis gave up eight earned runs in five innings to collect his eighth loss in an 8-1 beat down by the Yankees, Kansas City Star
GH: This comment tells all of the story you need to know about Ned Yost – he’s not a numbers guy. He’s a seat-of-the-pants guy. He refuses to use raw data that screams at him to remove Davis, one of baseball’s worst statistical starters, from his lineup. He refuses to remove Alcides Escobar from the two spot in the batting order despite the fact the guy is a gift to opposing pitchers. Ned hates numbers almost as much as he hates a solid question – because he doesn’t have any answers.
“At least we finished the homestand .500.”
Ned Yost, as the Royals started their road trip in New York, Royals Radio
GH: Ned will never be accused of shooting for the moon – or even the ALC title.
“The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Wade Davis on Paternity Leave List and recalled left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph from Triple-A Omaha to take his place on the roster.”
Mike Cummings, Royals Assistant Director of Communications, Press Release
GH: How convenient is that? No wonder Davis was getting clubbed – the guy was nine months pregnant!
“That’s certainly something I wouldn’t say on the air. … I knew the potential of how that could be twisted and I did my best to point him in a different direction.”
Ryan Lefebvre, when asked on WHB’s The Border Patrol about Rex Hudler’s comments imagining Salvador Perez in Yankees pinstripes, 810 AM
GH: Lefebvre made a live appearance on WHB’s Border Patrol Thursday morning and he was very frank in discussing the controversial exchange between him and his TV analyst, Rex Hudler. Ryan is starting to get it. He didn’t crucify Hudler during this segment but he didn’t go out of his way to make it sound like there was no reason for anyone to get upset over Hudler’s comments. It was good radio. It also made Kietzman goofy rant from a couple of days ago moot. KK went on and on about how he wanted to call Lefebvre but how unfair it would be to ask him to discuss this issue. Maybe it’s a good thing The Border Patrol boys don’t have much of a conscience.
“This is my team.”
Ryan Lefebvre, on his commitment to the Royals a broadcaster and a fan, 810 AM
GH: Booyah! Score a big one for the Beav. I tweeted out a comment from Lefebvre during the broadcast when Billy Butler’s home run was tossed back onto the Yankee Stadium turf. “It still counts, buddy!” was Ryan’s response to the act. The Beaver just might be coming around.
“Ryan Lefebvre was put in a terrible position (by Rex Hudler) Tuesday night. What you will hear in this (audio) clip is that Ryan Lefebvre is one of us. … I think he’s a lifer. I don’t think he’s going anywhere. I think he’s going to broadcast his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. He is one of us.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
“You’d be ten times as good as this as Steve Physioc is. This whole thing is flawed. There are plenty of ex-Royals who can do this job. Monty can surely do it. I’m a big fan of Les Norman. You’d be way better at this than him.”
Kevin Kietzman, as he talked to Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: I sure as heck am not a fan of Physioc’s formal and floral work on the Royals broadcasts – but would Danny Clinkscale be an upgrade? I don’t see the personality there that I want in a nightly play-by-play guy. And Monty and Les Norman? Who is KK kidding? Monty is just stone-cold boring and Norman has zero feel for broadcasting. The topics for his one-hour evening show would put Bill Snyder to sleep.
“Some of these Royals PR types have gotten their swagger back. Most of them don’t want to deal with reporters. They want cheerleaders, cut from the mold of Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc – two of the biggest homers when it comes to broadcasting games.”
Jack Harry, KSHB.com
GH: Who are the biggest homers in the Kansas City sports media? Here are my top five; 1) Bob Davis, KU 2) Mitch Holthus, Chiefs 3) Bob Fescoe, KU 4) Stan Weber, KSU 5) Jack Harry, MU
“When we were playing we couldn’t go over there (after getting a hit) and talk to you at first base. We would get fined. There was somebody up in the stands watching and they’d fine us. It was unbelievable, man. They kind of kept us away from each other.”
Willie Wilson, 610 AM
GH: Wilson seemed to infer that MLB teams used to forbid players from interacting with the opponent to minimize player movement from team to team. It is an interesting premise and one that sounds plausible. These same owners would like you to think that you’re a “fair-weather fan” if you don’t support the team with positivity even when the team stinks. I prefer to think you’re just smart.
“What they do now when they make that little gesture after they get a hit? In our day I felt like someone was going down. But now everybody seems like all family and friendly now.”
Willie Wilson, on the Royals’ players waving, winking, hand-jiving and whatnot to celebrate a base hit, 610 AM
GH: I was hoping old-school George Brett would have put a stop to that sophomoric reaction to expected success. Man, I think it looks bush.
“I think the fact that Eric Hosmer almost looks like the hand gestures after singles and doubles is a nuisance at this point is a good sign. Hosmer’s hitting SO WELL right now his own shtick is becoming annoying to him. GOOD SIGN.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenter, Twitter
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