“Chris Sale looks very hittable here in the first inning.”
Denny Matthews, as the Royals jumped to a 1-0 lead against the White Sox’s starter, Royals Radio
GH: Matthews made this comment during Billy Butler’s first at bat, the third hitter Sale had faced. At the time, it was true. But Sale then showed why he continues to haunt the Royals and the decision they made in the 2010 draft to pick Cal State Fullerton’s shortstop, Christian Colon, ahead of the Florida Gulf Coast lefty – who went 13th overall to the White Sox.
“Hindsight can be a very tricky thing, and (Ned) Yost defended the move that would leave a little tarnish on a successful homestand.”
Bob Dutton, Royals’ beat writer, on Yost’s decision to pull James Shields in the ninth despite his ace having held the Sox to two hits and no runs, Kansas City Star
GH: Hindsight isn’t tricky at all. It’s as much a part of baseball as popcorn, radio play-by-play and green grass. Yost blew this game and it cannot be screamed loud enough. Read on.
“When you make that change you subject yourself to a lot of criticism. And it didn’t work out. … I expected (Shields) to go out for the ninth inning. It was going to be the first shutouts in the same series going back to the year George Brett got his 3,000th hit.”
Jeff Montgomery, Royals’ all-time leader in saves, 810 AM
“I’ll say this; sitting in the opposing dugout when he does that you say, ‘God I’m glad he’s out of there. Let’s go get this guy.’ ”
George Brett, 610 AM
“In a one-run game, (if) you send (the starter out) out, he’s either going to win it or lose it. So you let the closer go out and try to do his job.”
Ned Yost, attempting to defend his decision to pull Shields in the ninth, Kansas City Star
GH: Yost sounds like a man drowning in his self-defense. Herm said the only thing a manager needs to remember as he sits on the bench watching men do what he cannot – “You play to win the game.” Yost played to make sure Shields didn’t get a loss tacked onto his record? What complete garbage. Yost deserves to be suspended by David Glass for the Baltimore series for this ridiculous statement alone.
“You don’t like losing games like we lost today, especially when you get a start like we got from James Shields. But it was a fair homestand.”
Ned Yost, Kansas City Star
GH: More evidence that Yost is managing to be good but not great. How does a competitor leave that loss and talk about a successful homestand?
“Everybody has got their job to do and Shields had done his.”
Ned Yost, 810 AM
GH: Yost doesn’t demand greatness. He appears satisfied with good job, good effort – and a loss.
“(Yost) must be the greatest manager ever because he never makes a mistake.”
GH: I would respect Yost far more if he would have come out in the post-game presser and said, “I want to apologize to James Shields, the Royals organization and our fans – because I blew that game. Me. Now let’s go to Baltimore and picked my sorry ass up!”
“(Yost) thinks of that as a simple good explanation and it’s not. There was no downside to putting (Shields) back out there – and he was pitching lights out!”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
“Ned Yost’s explanation today put player and statistics above team – and I don’t think coaches should do that.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
“I find it interesting that everyone is blaming Ned Yost, Greg Holland and Chris Getz. … Did you see the scoreboard? They lost 2-1 in 11 innings – and you want to blame the pitching? What’s interesting to me is that no one is talking about the bats.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Each game is its own story and has its own context. This game was all about sending Shields back to the mound for the ninth. Yes, more runs would have been nice but Yost had to make his decision on what was on the scoreboard. He chose wrong and his team paid for his poor decision.
“The (Royals’) offense has been the culprit for the lack of success so far this year.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: The Royals are 17-11. I’ll take that kind of “lack of success” as often as the bats can deliver it.
“Greg ‘Gasoline Can’ Holland.”
Caller to Kevin Kietzman’s BTL Show, 810 AM
GH: Before Monday’s appearance, Holland had gone nine innings without giving up a run and struck out 16 in those nine innings. I couldn’t believe Kietzman didn’t go Alex Gordon on this caller. Holland is simply a brilliant find by this organization and he will be a big reason why they are in a pennant race this summer. But he had just pitched Sunday. Why not save him so he is available for Baltimore? Yosted yet again.
“I’m not saying I agree with it. I’m saying the logic that Ned Yost used was sound.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: A caller named Tom called in to discuss Yost pulling Shields and he disagreed completely with TJ’s take on Yost’s logic being “sound.” Tom sounded knowledgeable and made his points clearly and with some passion. Instead of engaging in an entertaining debate with Tom, TJ acquiesced and said, “Tom, I understand where you’re coming from. I understand that frustration.” No, TJ. Seize the chance to grab your audience with a caller who has an opposite opinion than yours. It will make your postgame show far more listenable.
“There is a 100% chance of rain tonight in Baltimore.”
Gary Lezak, as the Royals are scheduled to start a three-game series tonight with John Renshaw’s O’s, 810 AM
GH: Soggy crab cakes and more rain delays. Yuck.
“Would/should the Royals add $5 million in payroll and trade a top prospect or two for two months of (Chase) Utley? You can bet the Phillies will be asking for Yordano Ventura, Kyle Zimmer or someone similar. I’m not sure they’d be willing to do that.”
Buster Olney, , on speculation the Royals might trade for the Phillies’ five-time All-Star second baseman, Chase Utley, ESPN.com
GH: The Royals do not make these kinds of moves – nor should they. Tempting? Sure. But nowhere near logical.
“I wouldn’t give up (Yordano) Ventura or Zimmer. In my opinion Ventura’s the best prospect in the organization.”
George Brett, on the Royals right-handed pitching prospect with a 100-mph fastball610 AM
“It’s ridiculous! You can’t make (Garth Brooks’ I Got Friends in Low Places) like Sweet Caroline! You can’t force that! It makes me mad! You don’t force tradition. You have to let it happen organically.”
Steven St. John, on the Royals playing Brooks’ song each game at The K for a seventh-inning sing-along, 810 AM
GH: This song gets more Royals’ fans fired up than a Ned Yost pitching change. Some love it. Some hate it. I think it has long overstayed its welcome at The K. But I think there is more here at work than a simple country song. Read on.
“I just feel like that makes us look like we’re hicks.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: Hey Swarts – we are hicks.
“(Garth) is our local celebrity because he came to the Royals training camp that one year.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Garth is Wal-Mart’s celebrity. I think he has stayed at The K longer than any manager is because David Glass and Wal-Mart are corporate partners with the OSU country crooner.
“My wife has a serious woman-crush on Heidi Klum. If there ever was a chance for a ménage à trois in my life…there it is.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: I wouldn’t toss the former SI super model out of bed but I am hoping my wife’s woman-crush is on some glam gal who is south of 40…as in way south. As in Megan Fox south.
“This is better than bicycling bears!”
Jaime Bluma, responding to Nate’s Heidi Klum comment, 810 AM
GH: You had to be there – but this was a GREAT line by the former closer.
“How about the Pine Riders?”
Rex Hudler, Royals TV analyst, when asked to suggest a name for 610’s afternoon drive show featuring Danny Parkins, Carrington Harrison and Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: Talk about a great line!
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