OTC: Moose Happy To Be Back In Bigs / Denny Matthews Would Like To See MLB Wild Card Gone

“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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32 Responses to OTC: Moose Happy To Be Back In Bigs / Denny Matthews Would Like To See MLB Wild Card Gone

  1. geoknows says:

    Of the four names Seaboldt mentions (Gillaspie, Ramirez, Flowers, and Machado), only Gillaspie has more hits in KC than Moustakas. Ramirez and Moustakas have the same number, and Flowers and Machado have fewer.

    Now, there’s no doubt that eight hits at home on June 10 sucks hard, but man, I sure like to see people get their facts right (not you, Greg, but Kurtis) before opening their mouths.

    • Jimbo says:

      His facts are correct, since his tweet was from June 6th, which Greg didn’t mention.

      Moose only had 6 hits then(he got one saturday and one sunday), so all those guys did have more hits at the K at that time.

      I sure would like to see people get their facts right(not you Greg, but geoknows) before typing on the comments section of OTC. LOL

      • Markus Aurelius says:

        How you like them apples?! Nice work, Jimbo.

      • Greg Hall says:

        Jimbo is correct. I should have included the date for Seaboldt’s tweet. I would also suggest that trying to catch Kurtis in a mistatement would be a futile endeavor. The guy is pretty rock solid on his facts.

  2. I think sending Ned down to Omaha might be a disaster. I don’t think he’d be able to get along with the new faces he’d encounter in the Omaha media, which would make his mood all the more cantankerous once he showed back up in KC following his inevitable call-up after a few weeks. Plus I’d wager that Ned is all out of options from his playing days. The Royals would have to try to sneak Ned through waivers, although I could definitely see the old battle axe slipping through unclaimed.

  3. mike t. says:

    GH… glad you got hip to Willie. he toiled a long time writing songs before “Red Headed Stranger” was released and put the ‘outlaw’ in outlaw country. when you can, check out his original demo of “Crazy”, the song Pasty Cline made famous.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Howard played Willie’s recording of him singing his original version of “Crazy”during the interview. Willie then told how he happened to be in a Nashville bar one night and how he put his version in the jukebox to play for Patsy Cline’s husband. Her husband liked the song so much they drove home and woke Patsy up to listen to it. She recorded it that week (after struggling with how to phrase it for four days) and the rest is history. One of the great songs of any genre.

  4. Phaedrus says:

    I just don’t get people that will donate money that solely benefits college athletes. Instead of giving a million bucks to build a dorm for 32 people, why not endow a scholarship for inner city kids that don’t have athletic ability? It continues to amaze me people can tie their sense of worth to the record of their favorite sports team.

    I wonder if Bill Self donated any of his salary to the housing fund?

    I also didn’t realize Gavin was so wealthy! ;)

    • Gavin says:

      Ha! If only. I’m afraid my donations to the Williams Fund are of the minimum amount necessary to get me into select-a-seat and only for football tickets. I’m not nearly well-heeled enough to afford the scratch necessary to even get the season of hoops tickets.

      My biggest spending at KU will likely be when my kid goes to school there, assuming that’s where she matriculates. I’ve told her she can go to K-State if she wants and she can go to Mizzou if she walks over my dead body.

      • When I lay down those kinds of ultimatums to my son (although in the opposition direction), I always get the sharpest of rebukes from the old lady for dictating his future. But you’ve got me thinking: Maybe high time that I get me a new old lady.

        • Gavin says:

          I feel you. My wife doesn’t like me dictating my kid’s future either. Fortunately, on this one thing (and, trust me, ONLY on this one thing) we are of a single mind.

      • Greg says:

        Don’t worry. If you live in Kansas, she probably won’t be able to get in Mizzou. But a Kansas HS grad with a pulse can get in ku.

        • Kyle Rohde says:

          Thankfully, the state has finally wised up and realized having the same admission standards for all six schools is idiotic so that’s going to change though not overnight.

  5. Gavin says:

    Count me among the people thinking the KUAD is being way too high-handed by kicking the students out of those seats behind the bench. They just got a record payout from the Big XII. They’re rolling in cash and they do this to teach the students a lesson? In what? That we’re going to fuck over 120 students who care about basketball enough to camp out early for tickets unless all 27,000 students decide to pay us a fee? How on earth does that make any sense?

    Because that’s what this is. The athletic department is charging a fee to every single student, many (most?) of which who don’t give a single shit about sports a fee just so 120 students who do can have the privilege of getting to high five Bill Self before a game.

    I’m sure Sheahon Zenger knows what he’s doing but this really sucks. Allen is not a great home court advantage because of the wealthy boosters who occupy the great seats. And if KU ever hits hard times (which is one bad coaching decision from happening), they’re gonna be begging for those students to come back. Don’t be surprised if they have better things to do.

    • mike t. says:

      +1. totally agree.

      • Mike says:

        Yep. High-roller fat cats who are undoubtably getting these seats are not the ones who make AFH a loud, menacing place. And a scant few of those cats are of a generation that will form the ticket base of KU hoops in 20 years. All this is, is an invitation to future alums that it’s probably prudent to save your time and money and watch from home. Because instead of fans, the admins now see students/alums as a product subject to commoditization, not simply student-fans looking to revel in the college experience. That $25/semester does not include the cost of the student tickets, for either FB or BB, so essentially it’s a PSL, whether or not a student even buys tickets. It sounds like a professional enterprise, very much the antithesis of what the NCAA is defending against in court at the moment.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      I’m not so sure Zenger knows what he’s doing. He conducted a nationwide search and came home with Weis? I’d be very nervous as a KU fan if he’s responsible for replacing Self.

  6. Allen says:

    Greg, I spent the past few days at the TCU baseball Super Regional in Fort Worth. Unbelievable baseball games with very talented athletes. I want to get the story straight on the Royals 1st round draft pick Brandon Finnegan who I saw pitch and by the way dominated a great Pepperdine team. Brandon slept on his shoulder wrong one evening in the early part of the baseball season. As a precaution, he sat out one start. He has been dominating every start since, not missing an inning and averaging 12K’s per 9 innings, which leads the nation. He is 100% healthy. This guy is very confident borderline cocky in a good way. His dad Gary pitched for TCU and he comes from good stock! You can see him pitch this Sunday in the CWS or go watch him in person. Great kid who will be in the bigs by next year.
    You heard it here first, Finnegan is going to be a STUD!

    • Frog Dad says:

      Allen, I too watched with much aplomb, TCU’s (I’ve payed for both of my children’s educations there) Frogs FORCE their way into the CWS. What a Super Regional it was, with both sides battling on every pitch, every inning.

      Every rivalry needs some hatred, and I sure got my bellyful with Pepperdine’s CF/Pitcher Aaron Brown. What a dick. You could tell by the way he carried himself that he was cocky, arrogant, full of himself, and a real prick. Just the kind of kid you want on your team, but hate when you you have to face him.

      I think I heard he’s a 3rd round draft choice of the Phillies, you’d have thought by his demeanor he was the first overall pick by Houston.

      That being said, I look for him to be a STUD in the big leagues…..wayyyy before Bubba Starling ever sniffs Omaha.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Allen, I followed TCU’s regional via Twitter over the weekend and what a wild ride that was! Since the Royals drafted Finnegan, I’ve been pulling for them to make it to Omaha. Looking forward to one heckuva CWS the next two weeks.

  7. Mitchell says:

    Agree with Allen. Amazing stuff for a 5’10 pitcher but he is a baller! Aint afraid of anyone and has 3 pitches….No doubt we will see him in KC next year. Polished pitcher who dominated a great Cuba team while on the USA team…

  8. Joe Blow says:

    “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.”

    Moose is so fuckin fake. He’s in the majors by default, he’s not this newly happy guy who appreciates this opportunity — and he still sucks.

    “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.”

    This has always been true.

    “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

    I expect Mellinger to rail against this any day now.

    If you want to pay less, expect to get less. It’s too bad that doesn’t happen more often in government.

    Way to bring stupid politics into your blog, GH.

  9. Larry says:

    I caught his game in the Super Regional after hearing about him. I was a pitching coach at the D1 level for 18 year and I believe Finnegan can be another Chris Sale type of pitcher in so far as immediate success at the big league level. On huge advantage is although he is very polished with great stufff, he has not been pitched into the ground in the Minors the past 3 years. Also, his head coach is USA baseball’s head coach so he knows how to get players to the Bigs…

  10. Jason says:

    Frog Dad, TCU is my pick to win it all. They have the lowest team ERA in the country and a great coach. Also have Boomer White the Regional MVP who had 2 game winners in extra innings to get em to the Super.. You wait, if TCU keeps winning he will be an ESPN and fan favorite because of the way he plays the game and only being 5’8. Dude is a baller!…

  11. MightyMo says:

    Willie was/is a much better songwriter than he is a singer. Having a distinctive voice (though not a quality one) can still get you places, but that voice and face would have never gotten a chance without the previously written hits. A guy like that probably doesn’t even get inside a recording studio in today’s world.

    • randyraley says:

      …and that’s the problem with today’s world…it’s all about the looks, not talent. I don’t think Dylan, Springsteen, Jagger, Neil Young, etc would have made it in “today’s world”. That’s why I’m very thankful I grew up when I did, when it was about what you sounded like, not what you looked like…carry on…

  12. P says:

    Moose’s physic (which seems to be pervasive in MLB in general) makes me wonder if the guy played anything outside of baseball growing up? I understand it’s about hand eye coordination and all that but some baseball players are nothing more than glorified golfers.

  13. Bill says:

    Robin Quivers is the freaking worst.

  14. Uncle Mo says:

    Add MLB teams in Nashville and OKC, go with 4 divisions of 4 teams in each league, drop the wildcard–good to go!

  15. Kerouac says:

    “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”

    - agreed… ditto for the NFL & NBA. I’d like to see things revert back to pre-1969, when there were no wild cards & multiple post seasons contestants. Only the ‘best’ made it to the World Series, one team from each league. The Superbowl, two teams met aft four total made it to post season in lieu the plethora that qualify today. This of course would have precluded the Chiefs even being in post season 1969, winning their only Superbowl aft, KC backed in via a special one-year aberration.)

    Money of course will never again permit it be as it was, which is a shame. Thus, mediocrity reigns – no team left behind every team deserving a berth but the precursor the coming day when, literally, every team will make post season in every sport, nod the almighty dollar.

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