“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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