OTC: The Royals Log Yet Another 90-Loss Season / David Glass Can’t Wait Till Next Year!

“The Royals are at the end of the line when charting the most recent playoff appearances by all 122 teams in the four major professional sports. … The Royals not only missed the playoffs for the 27th consecutive season, they now own the distinction of the longest postseason drought of any team in the four major North American professional sports leagues. That’s 121 teams who’ve been to the playoffs more recently than your Royals.”
Kansas City Star, October 4, 2012
GH: Let those words sink into your pine tar-scarred batting helmet. Last in a field of 122. The Royals’ season came to another disappointing an end Wednesday night with a 90-loss season. A season that was branded by the Royals’ ad campaign as “Our Time.” Not quite. Read on.

“Someone go back to 2006 and tell Dayton that the [A’s], Orioles, Rays & Nationals, make it to the playoffs before the Royals have a winning season.”
@FakeDMattews, Twitter
GH: We are so often told by the Royals how “hard” and “difficult” this game of baseball is, and how winning even a single game is a struggle. But for 27 years? 30-year-olds have no recollection of the Royals being a postseason threat.

“We’re closer than people think. It’s so hard to have patience and wait.”
David Glass, in an interview Wednesday night during the telecast of the Royals’ final game of the season, FSRoyals
GH: There is that word “hard” again – but in this case it should be changed to “excruciating” or “unfathomable.” I want Glass to be the most impatient owner in all of professional sports. He has every motivation to be shoveling coal onto his moribund franchise like he was Wile E Coyote in a locomotive chasing the elusive roadrunner. Glass is near death and his ball club hasn’t won squat in almost three decades. How much more motivation does a man need? If Glass has even a speck of competitiveness in his old bones, he opens his purse and floods the Royals’ starting pitching with every free agent pitcher who can help.

“We are committed to improving our starting pitching – however we have to do it.”
David Glass, FSRoyals
GH: Does “however we have to do it” mean spending another $30 or $40 million on pitching? That’s per diem money to the Yankees and Red Sox. Screw patience. Let’s field a competitive team in 2013 with somebody on the mound who isn’t Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen.

“In baseball, the old adage is, ‘Wait till next year.’ I can’t wait until next year.”
David Glass, FSRoyals
GH: I do not remember a Royals’ preseason during Glass’ tenure as the owner where this fan base was more excited than this past spring. It took all of two weeks and a 12-game losing streak to deflate that enthusiasm. Next year? Sure, we’ll be here. But we will care? Make us care, David! Make this city bleed blue again. Why would you be focused on anything else?

“OH GOD! Rex is now talking about the All Star game. Come on! Why doesn’t he just hide under the desk and let Ryan ask the big boy questions!”
Soren Petro, @theprogramkc, as he tweeted during Glass appearance in the Royals’ telecast, Twitter
GH: I know some Royals’ fans have warmed to Rex Hudler’s dopey ways and his rah-rah charm. I am not one of those Royals’ fans. He is a reminder to me that Glass refuses to take his fan base seriously. Get me a pitcher not a belly-itcher.

“The bottom line is we need pitching. We need starting pitching bad! You have to get some starting pitching that’ll give you six, seven, eight innings. You have to!”
Mike Boddicker, on the Royals hopes to compete in the AL Central, 810 AM

“There is no way they can tell anyone they are ready to compete next year. I am tired of hearing they are two and three years away.”
Soren Petro, on the current status of the Royals, 810 AM

“You talk about ‘Our Time.’ Our time isn’t just 2012. Our time is just the beginning of the next six, seven or eight years.”
Steve Stewart, one of the Royals’ radio broadcasters, prior to the Royals firing the local advertising firm that came up with the “Our Time” theme, 610 AM
GH: If this is the Royals’ 2013 slogan, I might have to become a Sporting fan.

“Love Kevin Seitzer but if the Royals fire Kevin Seitzer just because of what has happened with Eric Hosmer, you can’t really argue with that.”
Rany Jazayerli, a few weeks before the end of the season when Seitzer was officially canned, 810 AM
GH: Firing the hitting coach or the pitching coach or the first-base coach have all been done before with little or no change in the direction of this ball club. What has not been tried is buying some killer arms for the starting rotation.

“Whose idea was it to take phone calls?”
Steven St. John, after abruptly ending a call from a David Glass impersonator Thursday morning, 810 AM
GH: I found the David Glass caller funny. SSJ and Nate apparently did not. Maybe if the guy was butt-chugging while he was impersonating Glass he would have been allowed some precious air time on The Border Patrol.

“Proud of the baseball fans in this city. Thirty-thousand plus and a big ovation for Cabrera’s historic achievement. They deserve better…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, on the crowd at The K for the Royals’ season finale, Twitter
GH: Reports are that more than 12,000 fans bought tickets on Wednesday. Many of those I’m sure came to see Miguel Cabrera win the MLB’s first Triple Crown in 45 years. But that tells me Kansas City’s baseball fans care about the history of the game. And still care about the Royals — far more than we should.

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39 Responses to OTC: The Royals Log Yet Another 90-Loss Season / David Glass Can’t Wait Till Next Year!

  1. Jip says:

    I am 31 years old and have no memory of the Royals ever being in the playoffs. And Glass is lecturing me about patience? I am patiently waiting for Glass to sell the team already.

  2. Longrun says:

    GH: Reports are that more than 12,000 fans bought tickets on Thursday.

    Thursday? The fans are dumber than Glass thought.

  3. brett says:

    glass was spewing all of his go-to lines, including my favorite, that he operates the royals at break-even.

    if this is actually true, our payroll should jump $20-30 million in 2014 and beyond by virtue of the new ESPN tv deal, which pays each team an additional $20-30 million per year for doing nothing else besides existing.

    of course, our payroll will not increase by this amount. glass will continue to spew hot air. and we will continue to buy tickets like idiots.

    • WaldoTiger says:

      Forbes reported the Royals with a 28.5 million operating profit (second highest in the league, by the way) in 2011, but I’m sure there was some accounting magic worked to make it seem like a break even year.

  4. Lorenzo says:

    In my 35 years as a pro sports fan, I have never been as miserable as I am now. The realization is sinking in that I will never see the Chiefs in a Super Bowl and that the highlight of my sporting life has already happened. In 1985. When I was eight.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Ouch.

    • chuck says:

      Lorenzo, look buddy, I am 62 and remember the Chiefs Superbowl and Royals World Series, so maybe I am not feeling your pain, but just find some other stuff to do.

      Identifying with a KC Sports team is like hitting yourself in the knee with a hammer. It’s stupid, and WOW does it feel great when you stop.

      Go to some movies, get a hobby, spend more time with the grandkids, or your kids and NOT watching sports.

      Or, if ya gotta watch sports, check out the K State Wildcats.

      Yes, that is correct, I am a MU Fan. My whole family since time remembered are MU Fans.

      How about them Wildcats!!??!

      Declare yourself free of the onerous burden, the crucible now carried which crushes any and all KC Sports fans, by way of their own volition.

      Next Sunday, at 12 noon, I am going to go learn how to fish.

      I think I will be terrible at it.

      However, I am willing to bet my piscatorial pursuits will be far more rewarding than sitting in front of a TV watching the “Clarks” and Scott Pioli present the city with another ignominious defeat on the national stage.

      Sunday night I will sleep like a baby. My lungs suffused with fresh country air and my belly full of catfish (Or so my buddy tells me.).

      Even if I don’t catch a fish, I can always buy some Bar B Que and watch HBO.

      God bless ya pal, there is hope.

      Get into recovery like I did.

      You will be a better man for it.

      :)

  5. Greg says:

    What glass includes in his break even is that he and his son take salaries from the royals. That is his profit. He is full of it. Used to go to 60+ games, haven’t gone in three years.

  6. Jim says:

    Hey, look on the bright side. We are only a few months away from pitchers and catchers reporting and everyone predicting a run at the division championship….AGAIN!

    I know who and what the Royals are. I picked 72 wins in a big baseball pot this year. Thank you Royals for not disappointing me.

  7. MightyMo says:

    Thank God I am almost 39. I watched my team in the WORLD SERIES

    • MightyMo says:

      As a joyous sixth grader who thought this was how it was supposed to be. Royals and Cardinals, baseball royalty. Now I can see why Missourians become KU basketball fans. Always losing sucks.

      • Stringer Pete says:

        I was 34 when the Royals won it all in 1985. After growing up with the Athletics as my home team, I got accustomed to winning baseball through the 1970′s into the 80′s. My idea of a down year was 79-83 in 1983 when the Royals’ starters were retreads such as Vida Blue, Steve Renko and Gaylord Perry backed by “phenoms” Mark Huismann and the late Frank Wills. Aside from the Pine Tar Game, the most notable event was the trade of some guy named Cecil Fielder for Leon Roberts.

        I have been patient with the Glass regime and the strategy of not pursuing top-line free agents until the team around them was ready to contend. “Ready to contend” had better be coming soon.

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Please don’t lump all Missourians as people who jump on the KU bandwagon. You DO realize that when/if that happens, it’s an epidemic just in the KC metro, right?

  8. donkeypunch says:

    GH – Please define ‘butt-chugging’. Thanks in advance

  9. MrOlathe says:

    I was in high school in 1985. We all skipped school and went to the parade. One of the funnest times ever. Still went to 20-25 games a year up until 94. Then, they left me. After that they just continued to suck. I go to opening day most years but I drink myself into a stuper and don’t even watch the game. I have 4 kids who have no desire to watch the Royals and could barely name a player. It’s really just sad.

    • MightyMo says:

      I am with you. I take my kids to 2 games per year as a way to get out of the house. Haven’t actually paid for tickets in 20 years. When I see $48.00 on my company’s tickets, I can’t imagine who pays. Though I am a Jackson County tax payer, so they got my money in the end.

  10. Mike says:

    This is the first time since my sophomore year of college that I didn’t attend at least one Royals game this year. It’s not that I didn’t want to go to a game this year, but after the 12-game losing streak, and the lack of a quality #1 (hell, and a #2 for that matter) starter, the importance of going to The K dropped many spots on my own personal totem pole of things to do.
    This is a direct reflection on Glass and he lack of caring, or passion, for the goddamn baseball team he OWNS. If he really doesn’t give a shit, I can certainly prove to him I could give less of a shit than he.
    Own up to your obligation to fans, Glass. Prove to us this offseason you give a damn, and I might get enough motivation to raise the Royals’ rank up in my preferences again.
    2013 will be a direct reflection on YOU, David Glass. Fuck it up, and you might as well play in a mausoleum.

  11. Paul says:

    Of Mr. Glass’ comments the one that jumps out at me is “We’re closer than people think.” Does he really believe in this day and time that an owner or GM can have some great insight that is not available to all of us? Actually, thanks to guys like Rany, Bill James, and others, many fans actually have a better handle on what the Royals have and don’t have than does the owner.

  12. Smartman says:

    David Glass is full of shit! But if people are stupid enough to give the President 4 more years, why not David Glass? How many years has it been since we’ve won a war in this country?

  13. KC loserville says:

    I am 46 but sure don’t have any recollection of a Chiefs Super Bowl. Based on the 43 years since the Chiefs supposed Super Bowl victory I have doubts it ever happened. I think the fake highlights of Super Bowl IV are faked like when Forest Gump met the Presidents.
    Seriously, if they picked Super Bowl teams out of a hat we would be better off !
    KC is loserville.
    I live here. It sucks.

  14. Larry Mondello says:

    I was 19 in 1985 and in college when the Royals beat the Cards in the WS. I remember there was a douchbag Cards fan selling T-Shirts out of the trunk of his car on campus at Missouri State. They said “Kansas Shitty Royals”. My buddy and I grabbed a stack when he was talking to someone and ran down the street throwing them in the street and in the ditch. He was so pissed but couldnot chase us because he couldn’t leave his car and cash. What a loser. Good times.

  15. Lorenzo says:

    Chuck is the man!
    Steve, I said I was miserable as a pro sports fan, not as a person.

  16. treef1ngers says:

    I love the Royals, but I am so far beyond frustrated… I don’t even know if I would care if they moved their losing franchise elsewhere… at least we have Sporting