“Going down (to the minors) made me realize how much I love being in the big leagues. And how much fun being in the big leagues is.”
Mike Moustakas, in a feature story written by Andy McCullough in Tuesday’s Kansas City Star
GH: So few of us will know what being a big league ball player is like that it’s not worth calculating the infinitesimal number. Moose is there. He won the lottery of small boys in almost every corner of the country and a few outside it. So why did it take a trip to Omaha to realize what he has? Ask yourself what gifts you take for granted and maybe you too will understand.
“All the things that used to affect him before he left (for Omaha)? Not affecting him now. … He’s playing hard and his attitude’s great.”
Ned Yost, Kansas City Star
GH: Ned needs a trip to Omaha. Or maybe Qatar. Moose is still hitting only .151. So maybe he’s doing it with a smile on his face.
“Conar Gillaspie, Alexei Ramirez, Manny Machado and Tyler Flowers all have more hits at The K this year than Mike Moustakas…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, Twitter
GH: That is just ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as Dayton Moore having no other option for the Royals at third base.
“He’s on the brink of being flat-out fat. He’s kind of doughy. You have to really question his commitment to his craft.”
Soren Petro, on Mike Moustakas’ lack of physical fitness, 810 AM
GH: Moose will be 26 years old in September. It pains me to know he has taken the Billy Butler approach to his career rather than the Alex Gordon approach. What else does the kid need to know?
“Baseball, up until the wild card, has never rewarded mediocrity. My fear is that you’re going to have some pretty mediocre teams scuffling (through the season) and finally getting the wild-card position. I don’t know, maybe that’s good for baseball, maybe it isn’t. I don’t like it. I don’t think baseball should reward mediocrity after that long of a season.” Denny Matthews, in his weekly interview with The Drive, 610 AM
GH: Denny spends some time each Monday talking with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. These conversations are as entertaining for the obvious gap in their generations as they are for baseball content. At times Denny seems perturbed, confused and amused by his young 610 interviewers. His take on MLB’s wild card almost perfectly described the Royals best chances to make the postseason this year. That is an opinion you will not get from many broadcasters who are employed by the Royals.
“This is not going to reduce the number of students that can attend games. We have the best student fans in the country, and we will make sure that every one of them that wants to attend will get in. During this process, the student government made it clear to us that they wanted us to find other sources of revenue other than the student athletic fee, and that is what we’ve done.”
Jim Marchiony, Kansas’ associate athletic director, on the student’s voting to reduce their athletic fee from $25 a semester to $6, KUSports.com
GH: This was a pretty hard public slap in the face to the KU students by Marchiony. The students did not make “it clear to us that they wanted us to find other sources of revenue other than the student athletic fee.” They just wanted a cheaper fee structure for themselves. What Kansas did is give their future graduates an excellent lesson in how taxation should work. If you want to pay less, expect to get less. It’s too bad that doesn’t happen more often in government.
“Everybody will have their own take. But housing, where our student-athletes reside now, is way, way, way, way behind what the competitors would be housing their student-athletes in, in a big way.”
Bill Self, on the proposed $17.5 million apartment complex for up to 32 KU men and women basketball players, Kansas City Star
GH: A successful Kansas City-area professional and ardent Jayhawk supporter recently received a call from KU asking him to assist with a donation for the new basketball dorm. There was no foreplay. They wanted him to donate one million dollars. “What do I get for that?” he asked. “You get to be a proud Jayhawk,” is a loose translation of the KU representative’s response. Bill Self followed up this sales call by leaving a voicemail for the wealthy alum. College has changed a bit from the 1970s. How to build a $17.5-million dorm in 17.5 phone calls. Wow.
“How good are the teams coming to Omaha (for the College World Series)? All 72 teams to reach the #CWS from 2001-2009 had at least one player reach the Major Leagues.”
Rob Anderson, Creighton SID, @_robanderson, Twitter
GH: It is that time of year again, when Omaha welcomes some of the country’s best amateur baseball teams to the Midwest. Add the CWS to your bucket list. You will not be disappointed in the play, the venue or the people you meet. It is just one helluva party.
“I never wear a seat belt when I sit in the back of a car. …. I hardly wear a seat belt (sitting) in the front of a car. (laughing). Because I don’t like seat belts!”
Robin Quivers, Howard Stern’s sidekick, as they discussed Tracy Morgan’s accident, Sirius XM
“Why are you laughing?”
Howard Stern, responding with incredulous disbelief that Robin doesn’t wear a seat belt, Sirius XM
GH: I am shocked to discover anyone who drives or rides in a moving vehicle and does not fasten their seatbelt. Quivers sounded more ridiculous than she usually does – if that’s possible.
“Well, I didn’t send it back.”
Willie Nelson, when asked by Howard Stern if he thought he earned the million dollars he was paid to sing six or seven songs at Bill Gates’ wedding, Sirius XM
“They say we marry what we need. Chris married a lawyer and I married a make-up artist.” Willie Nelson, in his interview with Howard Stern, Sirius XM
GH: Stern’s interview with Nelson was excellent – as almost all of Howard’s interviews are. I had no idea Willie started as a DJ and was writing songs in Nashville before he made it as a singer. Crazy.
“#kctweetalong is this Friday in East Patrol Division! Full moon, Friday the 13th – should be interesting.”
@kcpolice, Twitter GH: Be sure you are on the right side of this #kctweetalong.
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