“That was a boring-ass game for eight innings.”
Steven St. John, on the Royals being shut out for 8 2/3 innings before Cain’s dramatic two-run homer, 810 AM
GH: What a difference a “rally-killing” home run can make – not only on a game but a series, a home stand and maybe – just maybe – a season. The Royals again looked completely lost at the plate. Alex Gordon went 0-4 and is now slumped his way to under .300. Billy Butler just continues to disappoint in clutch situations striking out twice – once against the very hittable Tiger closer, Jose Valverde. Cain was down to his last strike with two out in the bottom of the ninth. I listened to the ninth on my radio like I was 12 years old again. And everything changed with one beautiful crack of Cain’s bat. Read on.
“The Royals have Hosmer, Perez and Butler coming up in the bottom of the ninth, so don’t go anywhere.”
Denny Matthews, cautioning Royals fans to not lose faith as KC trailed Detroit 2-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Royals Radio
GH: Maybe it was because this was a day game or Denny got some extra sleep the night before – but he sounded juiced for the final inning of this get-away game against Detroit. Denny usually is more concerned with counting outs and turning the broadcast over to Physioc or Lefebvre for the totals than a Royals’ rally. But here Denny was, actually rooting for and almost predicting a comeback for the local nine. Read on.
“With Valverde, you always have a chance.”
Denny Matthews, as the Tigers brought in their closer after Hosmer singled to open the ninth, Royals Radio
GH: The Royals were still scoreless but Matthews has about as much respect for Valverde delivering as I do for my old Toro mower – that is taking up valuable space in my garage. I loved that Denny sounded like this game meant something. That just happens way too infrequently on the Royals radio broadcasts.
“The Tigers are in shock.”
Denny Matthews, following Cain’s game-tying two-run home run and Prince Fielder’s error that allowed David Lough to reach second after appearing to have been picked off, Royals Radio
GH: It wasn’t over but it felt like it was over.
“It looks like Eric Hosmer got smacked in the head in the celebration. I’m not sure if that’s ketchup or blood but he’s got a lot of red on the side of his head.”
Steve Physioc, describing the post-game on-field celebration by the Royals, Royals Radio
GH: Physioc had the play-by-play call in the tenth and his voice is just too FM to elicit goose bumps on the radio. Hosmer was later found to have been doused with Billy Butler’s Hit It A Ton BBQ sauce. I am betting the clubhouse guys doing the Royals’ laundry would really like to see them come up with a different postgame tradition.
“To me it comes down to energy and it comes down to confidence. Something changed in this team almost instantly (after George Brett was named the batting coach).”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: The Royals are 9-4 AB (after Brett). Their offensive numbers are down, Gordon and Butler have gone into the tank, Moose is as bad as ever, but the pitching has been the best in the AL. Is it Brett or does Dave Eiland, the Royals pitching coach, deserve a million-dollar bonus and his own Wal-Mart?
“I tend to believe Valverde just threw a bad pitch and Cain did what a good hitter does, he crushed it.”
Danny Parkins, disagreeing with Harrison about Brett’s impact on the Royals’ win streak, 610 AM
“No one believes me but I believe (Mike Moustakas) could really become a leader on this team if he ever becomes good. He’s accountable, he’s fiery, he’s willing to fight. I think he would be a leader and a fan favorite if he would hit.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Frenchy would be a team leader and fan favorite if he would hit! Royals fans aren’t picky! We’re starving!
“Baseball can be funny like this. A week ago, we were deciding who needed to lose their job. And the list was long. The Royals were sputtering, again, one more season’s promise buried under one more soul-numbing stretch of losing — 19 in 23 games, a full month between wins at home. Did anyone outside this room think this feeling would come back? … This is such an important season for the Royals. Jobs and reputations and major decisions are at stake, even more than a typical year in the big leagues. This has created a lot of overreactions, in both directions. We expected the Royals to be around .500 this year, and here they are — three games under.”
Sam Mellinger, KC Star
GH: I don’t think you can overact when a team tanks like the Royals did in May. They lost 19 of 23. They brought 60-year-old George Brett back in uniform for criminy sakes! None of this may last but I am going to enjoy the good times when and however infrequently they happen with the Royals.
“Prepare to be disappointed. (David) Lough is going back to Omaha.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“How (Lough) makes a play like that (Wednesday) and you’re not going to keep him on the roster is beyond me.”
Bob Fescoe, 810 AM
“I don’t think sending Lough down would be an outrage. There are guys who are playing well that get sent down. He came up and did his job. I’m just saying that does happen.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
“95% of the teams in baseball make the same move.”
Buster Olney, MLB writer for ESPN, on the likelihood of the Royals retaining Jeff Francoeur in order to not have to eat his salary, 810 AM
GH: It would be a Lough down dirty shame to see D-Lo sent down. He’s the most exciting .260 hitter we’ve got.
“I’ll be on my phone following every pitch.”
Ned Yost, who will miss tonight’s game in Tampa to attend his daughter’s wedding, 810 AM
GH: A couple of questions here; Why would the daughter of a MLB manager schedule her wedding in June? How “special” can this day be for his daughter if dad is checking his iPhone on every pitch? This wedding looks to be about as well thought out as a Ned Yost lineup.
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