OTC: Wainwright Silences Royals Bats W/ Brilliance (But Not KK) / Mad Jack Says Retirement Talk Is Premature

The view from my seat Wednesday night at The K.

The view from my seat Wednesday night at The K.

“I think there’s a good feel to our offense now.”
Ned Yost, in his postgame comments following the Royals extra-inning 5-2 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday night, 610 AM
GH: Yost was excited that his offense was able to come back Tuesday from a 0-4 deficit and win and 0-2 Wednesday night in the ninth to tie the game. But this Royals offense is far from making anybody outside the opposing pitcher feel good. Watching the game in person last night it was painfully obvious just how broken Eric Hosmer’s and Mike Moustakas’ approach is at the plate. And get this – Hosmer is far more broken than Moose! At least Moose is making solid contact at times. It’s scattering his teammates in the dugout but it’s at least well hit. Hosmer is swinging at pitches that are bouncing. Billy Butler just looks like he is rather bored with his chosen profession.  

“I saw a lot of red shirts in the stands. But I thought it was a great atmosphere.”
Ned Yost, when asked to comment on the atmosphere at The K Wednesday night, 610 AM
GH: The Cardinals fans catch all kinds of heat in Kansas City for their arrogance and success. Kevin Kietzman went off Wednesday on how he hates the Cardinals, hates their fans, doesn’t like Yadier Molina and thinks he’s lazy and verbally battled with an old lady who identified herself as a Jayhawk and Cardinal fan and a well-spoken gent who refused to allow KK to flip his switch. I did not see one asshole Cardinals fan last night at The K, nor did I see any jerks wearing Royals gear. It was a beautiful night for baseball in Kansas City and about 24,000 baseball fans came out to enjoy it. 

“The Cardinals have WAY bigger issues that the Royals as far as I can see!”
Kevin Kietzman, while discussing the Cardinals with Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM

“I think you’re being silly.”
Danny Clinkscale, responding to Kietzman’s above take on the Cardinals having more issues than the Royals, 810 AM
GH: Clinkscale could probably replay this comment once a segment when responding to his boss. 

“Anytime you have a change you have a period of some good results. Number one, this team wasn’t that bad. Maybe there was just an overload of information there with Pedro Grifol. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes coaches get a little too crazy with it and they try to do too much. … I still think they can win 84 games.”
Brian McRae, when asked by Soren Petro if the Royals switching to Dale Sveum is going to make a difference for the Royals, 810 AM GH: Judging any team’s hitters when they are facing Adam Wainwright is not fair. The Cardinals’ ace was brilliant Wednesday night. Let’s hope Gordon, Infante, Perez, Cain and Escobar can somehow carry this offense until everybody else wakes up. 

“I think Bubba will see the big leagues. I don’t know if it will be as a player or a fan.” Brian McRae, 810 AM
GH: That reminds me, the MLB draft is tonight. Prepare to hear names you have never heard before become millionaires. Did Bud Selig schedule this draft to go up against LeBron and the NBA playoffs opening night? 

“Sounds like Jack (Harry) is going out on his own terms.”
Kevin Kietzman, opening his Wednesday show by responding to an interview on Metro Sports that Leif Lisec conducted with Jack Harry that alluded to Harry retiring after 44 years in broadcasting, 810 AM
GH: Harry sounded surprised to hear his golfing buddy report he is retiring. Read on.

“We taped that a couple of months ago. Leif and I had a nice conversation. … When you announced (I was retiring) at two o’clock my phone started going off. I said, ‘It’s nothing. It’s no big deal.’”
Jack Harry, when asked by Kietzman about announcing his retirement on Metro Sports, 810 AM
GH: Maybe this is why KK was so sideways with Harry, the Cardinal fans who called his show and even Clinkscale. Harry pretty much denied he has any set plans to retire. Instead he said he signed an 18-month contract that he and KSHB will review at the end to discuss an extension. 

“That’s what these OTAs are all about. They don’t trust these guys to go away somewhere to get fat or arrested.”
Danny Clinkscale, on the NFL scheduling non-contact workouts in June, 810 AM

“College athletics is the biggest money grab this side of the Republican Party.”
Bob Fescoe, while discussing Nick Saban’s bonuses as Alabama’s head football coach, 610 AM
GH: I am not sure what Fescoe means by this statement but maybe he is not in favor of the RNC holding their convention in Kansas City? Is he afraid they’ll ride elephants around downtown? 

“These people in college athletics! What a racket you’re running! It’s almost like legalized stealing.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: How is college athletics legalized stealing? I think the finances associated with college sports are way out of whack but no one is forcing anyone to part with any of their money they don’t want to spend. One of our country’s greatest attributes is that we allow you to price your goods and services at whatever you believe the market will bear – and the college sports market has proven to bear grizzlies. 

“(Emanuel) Cleaver believes that five republicans and five democrats in a room with some pizza and beer can solve a lot of problems.”
Bill Grady, reporter, 980 AM GH: Or create a great deal of problems if that room isn’t well ventilated. 

“I couldn’t do anything else (sports-wise). When you’re cut from the church baseball team, the junior high basketball team, and you can’t make the junior high track and field team… I’d go to bed at night and I’d say, ‘Dear God, if you’ve got a plan for my life, I’d appreciate it if you’d show up sooner or later, because it’s not really going very well.’ I found myself trying out for the cross-country team and running two miles even though I’d never run that distance before. All of a sudden, I made the team, I got a letter jacket, and I started thinking there’s a girlfriend behind the letter jacket. But that’s how it all began.”
Jim Ryun, on how he started running at Wichita East and eventually was the first high school runner to break four minutes in the mile, Wikipedia
GH: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Ryun’s incredible feat as a high schooler at Wichita East. I still believe Ryun, Wilt, Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders to be four of the greatest athletes to make their name in the state of Kansas. Who else belongs on that top-five list?

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48 Responses to OTC: Wainwright Silences Royals Bats W/ Brilliance (But Not KK) / Mad Jack Says Retirement Talk Is Premature

  1. Terri says:

    I’m just a chick from Missouri so I may not qualify to answer :-), but I seem to remember my brother watching a movie about Jim Thorpe and didn’t he begin to make it name at Haskell Indian College in Lawrence? Pretty good athlete…

    Love your site Greg, as a female I can come and read sports info and comments without being offended. Compliments to your readers who comment as well.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Terri,
      Jim Thorpe’s biography was one of the first books I read at the public library in downtown Omaha. I checked it out but I started reading it before my brothers and I left and I finished it that same day right there inside the library. I could not believe a person could be so gifted. Thanks for reminding me of one of Kansas’ all-timers.

  2. matt3579 says:

    Greg,

    I don’t like Fescoe whatsoever, but to be fair to him, after he made the statement about the RNC, it didn’t even take him a nanosecond to say “I’m just kidding.”

  3. Arte says:

    Good one Renton. By the way–Gale Sayers not only born in Kansas but born in Wichita. With Sanders that’s two pretty good running backs born in the same town.

  4. CM70 says:

    “One of our country’s greatest attributes is that we allow you to price your goods and services at whatever you believe the market will bear – and the college sports market has proven to bear grizzlies.”

    It sure makes it easier to price your goods at a price the market will bear when you don’t have to pay your employees. That sure seems like stealing to me.

  5. Java Man says:

    “These people in college athletics! What a racket you’re running! It’s almost like legalized stealing.”
    Bob Fescoe, 610 AM

    I don’t think “stealing” is the word he really wanted to use. “Slavery” is not politically correct (or particularly accurate).

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