“I don’t think it can go any worse than last year, can it?”
Josh Klingler, on the Royals opening the season down 7-0 after the first inning at The K, 610 AM
GH: The Royals went on to lose their first 10 home games. This is a nightmare that Royals’ fans have become all too familiar with – and the reason they traded their best prospect in years – Wil Myers. The 2013 season is supposed to be different here in the Valley of the Stunned.
“The stadium has lots of touch-ups to do but we will be ready [for Opening Day].”
Toby Cook, Royals VP, 610 AM
GH: I like almost everything the Royals have done with Royals Stadium and now Kauffman Stadium as it gracefully moves into its 40th season. The huge center-field HD video board should be horizontal instead of vertical but it is so underused it really doesn’t matter. The outfield experience and the outfield bleacher sections are very cool. The Pepsi porch and the bar and grill above the right-field stands is also great stuff. But I sure hope they have gotten rid of those ugly, Wal-Mart looking Tide ads that are splash painted on the entrances to/from the stadium concourses. Man, does that look ever scream “White-trash Midwesterner.”
“We are allowed to show any replay one time in real time. We can’t show it in slow motion.”
Toby Cook, explaining to Kevin Kietzman MLB’s policy on showing in-stadium replays, 810 AM
GH: This is just an absolute joke. MLB just doesn’t get it. The NFL allows the Raiders to replay slow-motion, stop-action replays of controversial calls inside a stadium that houses a fan base with an intellect and character just this side of those who once populated Alcatraz. But MLB is kowtowing to the four umps in a baseball park? MLB needs to institute instant replay immediately to correct poor umpiring instead of attempting to hide from their mistakes. Worry about getting the call right instead of worrying about exposing an umpire’s errors.
“In an effort to provide the best ticket value for fans, the Kansas City Royals are again partnering with a third party named Qcue to continue implementing a dynamic pricing system for the 2013 season. Utilizing advanced computer pricing software, the Royals will be able to adjust single game ticket prices in real-time based on ticket availability and changing factors such as league standings, opposing team, rivalries, star players, day of the week and supply and demand.”
GH: You have to love how little respect professional franchises have for their fans. Who thinks the Royals are implementing this new pricing policy “to provide the best ticket value for fans?” Basically, the Royals now have the option to increase or decrease the price of a ticket for games depending on availability. If a game is close to a sellout, ticket prices increase. The opposite would be true for games with low ticket sales. I don’t have a big problem with it but don’t tell me you’re doing it for my benefit.
“We really are talking about swings of one or two dollars either way. I think once people get into it, it’s going to be much ado about nothing.”
Toby Cook, on the Royals new dynamic pricing policy, 610 AM
GH: This surprised me. If the Royals are only tacking on a couple of bucks per ticket, why even do it? For an extra $10K on a busy night? Are things that tight in Bentonville?
“[The Royals] just went three straight games with their starter going six innings or more. That’s not something that happened much last year.”
Joel Goldberg, Royals pre- and postgame host for Fox Sports TV, 810 AM
GH: The Royals starting pitching is going to be the reason this team is competitive or not. Kevin Kietzman can scream and yell about Gordon and Hosmer and Moose all he wants. Baseball comes down to the top five starters you can roll out to the mound. Every team can hit enough. Few can pitch enough.
“Second place [in the ALC], 86-76, missing the playoffs. To me – you don’t make that [Wil Myers] trade unless you make the playoffs.”
Rany Jazayerli, when asked by Soren Petro to give his predictions for the Royals’ season, 810 AM
GH: Would the Royals have traded Hosmer or Moose during their Triple A days? Myers may prove to be the next Mickey Mantle. If he does, the Royals screwed up. For now, I hope James Shields transforms that Royals’ staff and clubhouse into win junkies.
“Rio Adams told me tonight, ‘I’ve decided to stay.’ Maybe he’s destined to have something written about him every day the rest of his life.”
Gary Bedore, @GaryBedore, on the KU freshman changing his mind about transferring, Twitter
GH: Young kids are allowed to vacillate and change their minds. I hope Rio figures out what he wants and sets his goals accordingly.
“Why would someone who runs a funeral home ever need a business card?”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: This appeared to be an innocent tweet sent out by 810’s late-night host Thursday evening. It was probably meant to be funny. But it turned rather weird. Read on.
“Seriously? RT @TJCarpenterWHB: Why would someone who runs a funeral home ever need a business card?”
Jared Speckman, @Speck60, responding to Carpenter’s above funeral home/business card tweet, Twitter
“@Speck60 Do you think about anything you say? Do you snicker at passers by? Do you need help? Is this how you choose to spend your time?”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, who appeared to take great offense at Speckman’s single-word question, Twitter
GH: Speckman is just a guy on Twitter who player college football at William Jewell and is a big baseball fan – particularly the Royals. He dabbled in the media a bit when he worked for the Platte County Landmark. He’s well-known amongst the Royals Twitterverse but he’s pretty much like most of us – just a fan. But he pushed a button in TJ that needs to be fixed. Read on.
“You’re just not very good at using the twitter.”
Jared Speckman, @Speck60, Twitter
GH: Speckman’s tweet elicited a chuckle from me when I read it. It caused Carpenter to block him.
“lol. If I don’t want to see tweets from douchebags who focus on everything I do, I’ll block them.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenter, responding to Speckman announcing that TJ had blocked him, Twitter
GH: Note to young people in the media who are trying to build an audience and a career – not everyone is going to agree with you or even like you. Those who do take the time to listen, watch or read your work – embrace them. Understand that you are trying to build an audience – and it doesn’t much matter if that audience likes you or hates you. It only matters if they don’t care about you. So you must care about them.
“You look like a DH to me, buddy.”
Jake Gutierrez, after Steven St. John complained that Nate Bukaty told him he had a “catcher’s body,” 810 AM
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