“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.”
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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