“It just doesn’t add up. It’s just not honest.”
Soren Petro, disputing David Glass’ statement that the Royals have done no better than break even financially since they have owned the franchise, 810 AM
GH: There are few things that interest me less in the winter months than Royals’ talk – but our local radio stations appear to be obsessed with David Glass and his Wal-Mart ways. Maybe the last 25 years of losing have beaten me down to the point of not really caring what happens in the off-season. Seven months of losing baseball is more than I need to satiate my seamheadedness. For those of you who are not of my thinking….read on.
“The Royals are flat-out lying to you! They are lying to you when they tell you they are trying to put a quality competitive team on the field.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Bob Dutton, who does a quality job in covering the Royals for the Kansas City Star, has sent the local baseball nerds into a tizzy with his tweets on the confusing plans for the Royals’ payroll in 2013. Will it be $70 million? Will that $70 million include the entire 40-man roster and adding to son Dan’s beanie cap collection? Who the hell knows? Better yet, who the hell cares? Come spring, we’ll all be thinking positive thoughts and hoping the warm air and green grass will nurture a miracle season for our Royals. It is simply what baseball fans do.
“David Glass made his money for a company that pays as little for labor as it possibly can and is proud of doing so. Good luck, Royals fans.”
Joe Sheehan, @joe_sheehan, of SI and Baseball Prospectus, Twitter
“We’re now at a point in time where we have good young players — as good as any team in baseball. Now, we’ve got to do what we can to support them. Do we trade one of them? I don’t know. I’m not trying to.”
Dayton Moore, Kansas City Star
GH: Glass catches a ton of well-deserved heat from the local media for being cheap. But Moore, like Allard Baird before him, skates on the edge of criticism because many believe his hands are tied with Glass shackles. But if he’s not trying to trade some of the Royals’ young talent for starting pitching, what the hell is he doing? It is really all he should be focused on from now until he’s fired.
“I’d like to use our farm system in a way to support our major-league club now that we have good, young players who are all under control. Now, it’s time to do everything we can to begin to move forward.”
Dayton Moore, Kansas City Star
GH: Moore used the phrase, “everything we can to begin to move forward.” Nate Bukaty hinted on his Friday show that Moore may be leaking skimpy payroll info to Dutton that belies his public positive comments about Glass. I don’t think these guys are organized enough to stage that sophisticated of a ruse. The conflicting reports we hear from the Royals camp is just SOP for that bunch.
“The truth of the matter is if we add another pitcher … there wouldn’t be room to add that individual unless we got rid of somebody else.”
Dayton Moore, Kansas City Star
GH: This comment is in direct conflict with Moore’s, “everything we can to begin to move forward,” comment. In other words – it’s the Royals, stupid!
“The Royals are very good at this time of year of convincing us they’re close.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This year they appear to be more intent on convincing us they’re cheap, lack all PR skills and are trying to set a franchise fan record for most negative tweets. #Royals
“Don’t you think the Royals are trying harder than the Chiefs right now? At least they’re shopping players.”
Jake Gutiérrez, to Steven St. John, who did not agree with Jake’s take, 810 AM
“[The Royals] can afford to add $20- to $25-million to the payroll. Until they do that, they are not trying that hard. And I’m just talking about being the best team in their division – and they’re not even close!”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – who comments on the Royals equates trying and winning with spending money. Yes, that is one way to do it. Obviously, it’s not the Royals’ way. How about trying scouting, coaching and managing? Ever heard of that one, Stan?
“I always liked playing Kansas [when I was playing at Oklahoma State] because I got a chance to guard Tad [Boyle] who was as slow as I was. You can ask Tad, I wouldn’t have recruited him and he wouldn’t have recruited me.”
Bill Self, Hawk Talk, on meeting the former Jayhawk and his Buffaloes in Lawrence Saturday afternoon, 610 AM
“The only bad thing about the basketball game Kansas plays against Colorado is it was not chosen for Kansas City. Neat way to tweak Missouri fans — play a game in that state against another old league rival wearing black and gold.”
Kevin Haskin, columnist, on KU agreeing to play a home and away series with the former Big 12 Buffs, Topeka Capital Journal
GH: Even the media in Kansas still has their eyes fixed east toward Missouri and those hated Tigers. Mizzou is thinking of KU, too. Read on.
“We have a high level of respect for Kansas. We hope to be able to renew that rivalry. We just hope at some time our counterparts at KU want to play.”
Mike Alden, 610 AM
GH: I know this riles up the KU crowd each time the subject is broached – but when one school wants to play and the other does not…it does not look good for the school who refuses to enter the ring.
“I would say this to my beloved alma mater – it’s time [to renew the rivalry with Mizzou]. Let’s go.”
Bob Fescoe, a Kansas alum, 610 AM
“[Kansas] is almost certainly in my mind going to win the league again. They’ll probably earn a two-seed and be one of the top eight teams. I’m kind of going on record now that we’re going to be wrong on [our preseason ranking of KU] at 12. They’ve be closer to seven or eight. … I don’t think there is anybody out there [in the Big 12] that can hang with [Kansas] over an 18-game schedule.””
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: It is too early to cross off K-State, OU, OSU and even Iowa State and TT. But Texas looks awful, and we know TCU is a joke. Huggins’ squad in Morgantown has been beaten three times already. Baylor is Baylor – pretty on the outside and rotten on the inside. It looks like KU will have to forfeit some games to not win their ninth Big 12 crown in a row.
“The add-on they’re talking about to Allen Fieldhouse would be in the upper teens of millions. It would be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state of Kansas. It would rival any Hall of Fame in America. We’re pretty excited about it.”
Bill Self, on the new structure that would house Naismith’s original rules of basketball, Hawk Talk, 610 AM
GH: Allen Fieldhouse might be the least impressive building on the outside with the most impressive inside – especially on game day. If the new addition to the old barn is anywhere near as fan-friendly as the rest of the place, hoop fans are going to love it.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with where Ben [McLemore] is. I can’t imagine there’s a biggest sponge out there in America.”
Bill Self, on his very impressive redshirt freshman, Hawk Talk, 610 AM
GH: Self treats all of his players differently – and in my mind a good coach understands that is necessary to get the most out of an athlete. Self treats McLemore like he’s a returning alum who stopped in to play some ball with the youngsters. He has a lot of respect for McLemore’s game – and after the first month of the season, I think we all know why.
“I’m not canceling Missouri’s season because they don’t have Mike Dixon. But I think while he doesn’t play, they’re going to struggle.”
Doug Gottlieb, 810 AM
GH: So far – Gottlieb’s dead on. Read on.
“Mike Dixon’s departure has little sway over AP voters. #Mizzou rises four spots to No. 12 in this week’s Top 25 poll. Indiana-Duke still 1-2.”
Steve Walentik, @Steve_Walentik, Twitter
GH: The Tigers have some very nice pieces but they look like a team that is still trying to get to know each other. That’s kind of what the non-con is for. Laurence Bowers looks all healed up and good as new. The Tigers will need him and Pressey to make a run at the SEC title – which Kentucky looks more than ready to vacate. But that Florida team looks damn good.
“What’s Les Miserable about?”
Kevin Kietzman, while talking to Danny Clinkscale about the touring Broadway musical now showing at Kansas City’s Music Hall, 810 AM
GH: I know I am not your average sports guy. At the risk of staining my man card, I confess to having seen at Les Mis on stage at least seven or eight times since I first saw it on Broadway in 1988. I will likely be there at the cinema when the movie version opens Christmas Day. I attended Thursday night’s performance at the Music Hall by myself. My wife enjoys the theatre but not like me. If you are not a musical kind of person, I understand why you would not go. But if your heart beats at all at the sound of an orchestra , the swell of a baritone, the wisp of a beautifully tuned falsetto and the sight of staging from artistic geniuses – go. Watch. Listen. Enjoy.
“She’s more of a sandwich maker. I’d much rather come home to a cold meal and a hot wife, rather than a hot meal and a cold wife – every damn time.”
Otto Kilcher, discussing the culinary skills of his bride, Alaska: The Last Frontier, Discovery Channel
GH: I stumbled across this show that’s in its second season on the Discovery Channel just this week. What an amazing, thrilling, simple life these people lead out in the huge and untamed Alaska wilderness. Otto is simply a genius problem solver with a craftsman skill set that is too quickly disappearing from our country. Read on.
“[My grandfather] told me to marry a big woman. She’ll keep you warm in the winter and give you shade in the summer.”
Eivan Kilcher, Otto’s son, who did not take his grandfather’s advice, Alaska: The Last Frontier, Discovery Channel
GH: Three generations of the Kilcher clan have homesteaded 638 acres in Alaska since the 1930s. Otto’s dad migrated from Germany to flea Hitler’s oncoming reign of terror. I possess none of the brilliance, moxie and toughness of these folks. They make me proud to be a part of their species. There is a marathon showing of the series on Saturday starting at 6:00 PM. Set your DVR and let me know if you are as impressed with the Kilcher clan as I.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24