OTC: Should Royals Fans Be Rooting For Or Against The Tigers? / Is This The Year Of The Woo?

“I think Royals fans should want Detroit to win every game. Forget about (winning the AL Central). This is a pipe dream! Let’s get real about this. This is our job, Frank, to educate the masses and let them know what they want.” Kevin Kietzman, discussing the Royals pennant race with Frank Boal Tuesday afternoon, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman might be correct in saying Royals fans need to give up on thinking the AL Central crown is within reach and just concentrate on claiming the second wild-card slot. I just cannot do that yet. The Royals are 4.5 games behind the Tigers on August 6th. Anybody as old as I am can remember many an August and September where strange things start to happen in a pennant race. Sure, the Tigers now look invincible with Price in their rotation. The Royals look iffy with Hosmer out for another five weeks. But crazy, crazy things happen in sports all the time. Let’s. Get. Crazy.

“He’s the best manager we’ve had in the past 20 years. And when I say that it drives people absolutely CRAZY! I don’t know how to better frame it for people! I’m not trying to defend Ned Yost. I’m just trying to be fair.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the Royals Ned Yost, 810 AM
GH: I think Yost is a clown and there is little he can or likely will do to change that. If the Royals do manage to win anything it will be in spite of their skipper.

“Settling for mediocrity in the offense and the managerial position. They’ve taken some top-five picks and turned them into a middling team.”
Jay Jaffe, Sports Illustrated MLB writer, in an interview with Danny Parkins, when asked Dayton Moore’s weaknesses as the Royals’ GM, 610 AM

“Ned has done a few moves this year that have worked.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM GH: Not everyone is down on Yost. But if we are judging him on results, he has quite a lot of yet to prove.

“I think (Dayton Moore) stood pat with a very flawed team. The Royals have a lot of holes in them. … Given that the Royals are in this thing, I think the Royals deserved a more aggressive approach at the deadline. … I know a bunch of guys had no-trade clauses that prevented them from going to Kansas City.”
Jay Jaffe, when asked about Moore’s decision to not make any moves at the trade deadline, 610 AM
GH: Why do so many MLB players have no-trade clauses to Kansas City? This should be incredibly alarming to the Glass family. Something is very wrong with your business when the industry’s top talent is going out of their way to make sure they don’t have to be in your employment.

“Everybody in this town has turned on Billy Butler. (Yost) just treats Billy Butler differently than all his other players.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This is why members of the media should not befriend the athletes they report on and cover. Kietzman has mentioned how he considers Butler to be a personal friend of his family – and he reports on him differently than all of the other players because of it.

“I love the late games. The kids are in bed. I can actually watch the games live.”
Soren Petro, on the Royals west coast road trip games the past few days, 810 AM
GH: Are you a fan of late Royals telecasts or early broadcasts from back east? Both have their attributes but I lean more toward getting the game in before the 10 PM newscast as to having to battle to stay awake for the seventh inning.

“It’s surreal and overwhelming to be here,” Lee said. “I didn’t expect the crowd and media like this. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I’m really happy to come here to Kansas City and see some Royals games in person.”
Sung Woo Lee, a long-time Royals fan from Korea as he arrived in Kansas City Tuesday and was greeted by his social media welcoming committee consisting of welcoming committee of Chris Kamler, Dave Darby, Kevin Robinson, Ethan Bryan and Jeff Huerter, Kansascity.com
GH: Social media gets a ridiculous bad rap all too often from those who don’t understand it. Sung Woo’s presence here in our city is a testament to not only the power of Twitter but the comradery and friendships spawned by it. Monday the Korean will toss out the ceremonial first pitch at The K prior to the A’s/Royals game. His photo and story were splashed across The Kansas City Star and other local media outlets. I’m sure his KC entourage has BBQ planned for one or two of his meals. Is this a great country or what?

“Once I knew the Royals’ history, I liked the team more and more and I believe they’re going to be a winner.”
Sung Woo Lee, Kansascity.com
GH: Most of us are Royals fans due to geography. Sung Woo CHOSE to be a Royals fans – despite the team’s mostly vacant history. Maybe this is the guy who can break the 30-year jinx that has haunted our Royals. Maybe this is the year of The Woo.

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41 Responses to OTC: Should Royals Fans Be Rooting For Or Against The Tigers? / Is This The Year Of The Woo?

  1. Royals Free Out says:

    “This is our job, Frank, to educate the masses and let them know what they want.” —-what a jackass.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      And in that short quote folks, that buffoon illustrates exactly what he thinks of the sports fans in the KC metro. He’s smarter and better informed than the rest of you, and you need him to form your opinions for you. Because you’re a mindless idiot. What a complete and utter jagoff KK is. Sheeeezus.

      • Say What? says:

        I don’t think KK is any smarter than the average KC sports fan, but I also think that the many of those KC sports fans are typically morons who are stuck in the 70s and those people make up a majority of his audience.

  2. Gavin says:

    “He’s the best manager we’ve had in the past 20 years. And when I say that it drives people absolutely CRAZY! I don’t know how to better frame it for people! I’m not trying to defend Ned Yost. I’m just trying to be fair.”
    Kevin Kietzman, on the Royals Ned Yost, 810 AM
    GH: I think Yost is a clown and there is little he can or likely will do to change that.

    You know, him being a clown and the best manager we’ve had in the last twenty years are not mutually exclusive.

    • Say What? says:

      Just for reference purposes, those other Royals managers include:

      Bob Boone
      Tony Muser
      Tony Pena
      Buddy Bell
      Trey Hillman

  3. Steve says:

    “Everybody in this town has turned on Billy Butler. (Yost) just treats Billy Butler differently than all his other players.”
    Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

    I don’t necessarily disagree with this, especially in regards to Hosmer. Yes, I understand that Hosmer provides more value because he plays solid defense, but where is the accountability with a guy like Hosmer? Maybe it’s because he was drafted by Moore or because he’s still young, but they’ve been basically the same hitter all season and before the injury Yost considered it sacrilege to even suggest moving Hosmer down in the lineup. Meanwhile, Butler is batting sixth and seventh and being benched in place of Grandpa Ibanez. Personally, it irritates me that some of these young guys don’t get called out on occasion.

    • david says:

      What’s your definition of accountability? Everybody says that there’s no accountability , but I have no idea what they mean.

      • T Rich says:

        Sent to Omaha, dropped in the batting order, sat for a couple days. Take your pick. There are probably others.

      • Steve says:

        Yeah, I think those are all good ideas, especially the batting order one. There’s no reason Hosmer should have been hitting second and third for so long with such little production. Butler wasn’t producing, he got dropped. Hosmer shouldn’t be immune to this treatment. Not to be cliche, but it really does make it seem like he’s treated with kids gloves. At least Moose they sent down. Sure, he was a complete black hole in the lineup, way worse than Hosmer, but sometimes maybe a reality check isn’t such a bad idea.

  4. Jim says:

    Yost is 342 wins & 382 losses as the Royals manager. Where is this 20-year “high bar” for managers that KK loves to throw out there? Being the “best” in 20 years doesn’t mean he’s good enough……..or even good! It’s like being the thinnest kid at Fat Camp. It’s completely meaningless.

  5. brett says:

    is this korean fellow the same guy who used to call into the border patrol with his “picks to click”? i think his name was sung and they would play neil diamond’s song sung blue in the background during his calls. he always sounded borderline retarded.

  6. Paul says:

    Royals managers the past twenty years: Hal McRae, Bob Boone, Tony Muser, Tony Pena, Buddy Bell, Trey Hillman. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of Genius.

    • Notme says:

      Overall, I agree. But Hal McRae was a cut above the others listed, imo. ’92 was rough, but in ’94 they were 13 games over .500 when the strike hit (Bob Hamelin, baby!)

      But really, coaching talent is directly proportional to the talent on the team, whether it be pitching, hitting or manager. And the talent has been terribad over these last 19 years

  7. b12 says:

    @brett. Sung used to be a regular on KKs show, too…back in the days of Wolverine Willie and Kenny Kenny…but that’s not this guy.

    Not @brett. Butler is being treated differently by Yost. Hosmers has been a singles hitter, if he’s been hitting, all year…and he’s consistently batting at the top of the order. Not much difference, if any, between him and Butler, yet Butler gets moved down.

    I don’t think KK is making this up.

    I had the Royals as dead in the water when they lost the first game of the Twins series. Good thing I’m just an anonymous guy on the internet. What do I know?

  8. Paul says:

    This quote from the day Hal was fired in 1994, after a 64-51 season:

    “I think Hal has done everything possible with the club he had,” said Royal General Manager Herk Robinson. “He’s done a good job. But as we move forward we feel we can find a manager who can better lead us into the next several years with the younger players.”

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Good Lord. Could Herk please talk out of both sides of his mouth some more?

    • Notme says:

      My translation:

      “I think Hal has done everything possible with the club he had,” said Royal General Manager Herk Robinson. “He’s done a good job. But he will lose his shit when he tries to manage this incoming group of young and mostly terrible players, so we need someone who won’t throw tape recorders around his office every night.”

      • Greg says:

        Translation: since David glass is now chair of the board, I have to get someone cheaper and less controversial and will gladly accept a glorified triple AAA Roster for the foreseeable future.

  9. Fred Flintstone says:

    While we’re on Hal McRae, can one of you computer genius’ find and provide a link to Hal’s tirade as a manager, throwing the telephone at a reporter, all the while (if my old memory is true) carrying a jug of some sort of alcohol around the manager’s office. All I can remember is Hal saying something like, “Why do y’all keep asking me all the STUPID ASS questions?” Too funny not to review and bring back. Thanks.

  10. Old Man Kissel says:

    Great takes by KK.

    Can’t wait to hear what he says next.

    810 scoops 620 once again…

  11. Herb says:

    Hal looks like he’s wearing a cod piece.

  12. Boyd Crowder says:

    GH: This is why members of the media should not befriend the athletes they report on and cover. Kietzman has mentioned how he considers Butler to be a personal friend of his family – and he reports on him differently than all of the other players because of it.

    This is exactly right. He made the same mistake with Matt Cassel. He has a tendency to treat players who are frequent guests on his show differently.

  13. PV_Pathfinder says:

    I LOVE the late, west coast games. Especially when they are on Friday and Saturday nights. Fire up the grill, pop open a few beers and park it in my favorite chair on the deck.

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