“What we’ve witnessed – at least since I’ve been here – is young boys turning into men. This Kansas City Royals baseball team matured months in just one (Wild Card) game. That’s how much you’ve grown.”
Rex Hudler, 610 AM
“I’m so proud of this bunch. They’ve grown up.”
David Glass, following his Royals sweep of the Angels to advance to the best-of-seven ALCS with Baltimore, 610 AM
GH: The same could be said for David Glass. Glass played the role of MLB owner for the first decade like he the Royals were just another Walmart location. He kept costs low and lived with the fact that the other MLB teams were classier, better and more attractive. His way made money. Glass matured into a real owner when he hired Dayton Moore and made a decision to make a more substantial financial investment in his team. It has taken way too long but Moore has made Glass’ money work. It is not just the young Royals who have matured but they have also proven you can teach an old dog to compete.
“That’s just a bunch of young guys out there playing hard and having fun. I think they’re going to be hard to deal with.”
Bill Self, on what he saw watching the Royals this past weekend at The K, 810 AM
“I wouldn’t be surprised if our boys go up to Camden Yards and lay a blue turd in their nest.”
Rex Hudler, 610 AM
GH: Hudler can be maddening with his company-man broadcasting style but he does have his moments on live TV and radio. This was definitely one of those moments. Parkins and Harrison cracked up when Hudler dropped his “blue turd” line on The Drive.
“Are they still saying (Ned Yost doesn’t know how to manage)? Then they’re idiots.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe has been a staunch defender of Ned Yost throughout Yost’s ups, downs and total collapses. I understand that Fescoe has now rebuilt his radio image into Joe Cheerleader and it apparently has garnered him an audience. It’s not a very bright audience but in radio that’s not always a negative. But crediting Yost with this team’s success is pretty lazy work. This very talented Royals team came close to not making the postseason. They were almost sent home without a postseason win when Yost pulled an inexcusable move by inserting Ventura against Oakland. Yost deserves credit for somehow avoiding being fired this season. To give him much credit for anything other than that, you have to be watching with your eyes closes.
“Nothing will make Ned Yost a good manager. Process, not outcomes.”
Scott Pianowski, @scott_pianowski, writer for YahooSports.com, when asked if the Royals postseason success has changed his mind about Ned Yost, Twitter
“A lot of that has nothing to do with coaching. A lot of that is luck. It could be health, it could be a guy getting out of a slump, it could be the other team making a mistake at the most costly time – a lot of things like that. These guys right now think that they can’t be beat.”
Bill Self, on the improved paly of the Royals in the postseason, 810 AM
“People say the atmosphere at The K is electric. No, it’s not electric. It’s atomic.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: That same passion that has fueled the incredible atmosphere at The K during this postseason run is the same passion that has refused to become complacent during the horrid decades of baseball here in Kansas City. The Royals do not appreciate the fans who have been critical and complained during these dark seasons. But it is that same hunger that is now on display at The K. The love has always been there. There is simply now a reason to let it flow. Great fan bases refuse to accept a substandard product. But when the product soars, so does the fan support. The Kansas City Royals have a great fan base.
“We don’t need no bandwagoners! If you’re a KC fan stay blue! Don’t get on our bandwagon because we’re winning! That’s all I got to say.”
Jarrod Dyson, Fox Sports KC
GH: Dyson is fun to watch run the bases (when he manages to not get picked off) but he has no business lecturing to Royals fans. These Royals need every fan they can get with the way they have treated their fan base the last 30 years. There are no “bandwagon fans.” There are just fans. Dyson apparently isn’t smart enough to understand that premise.
“Denny feels he is a reporter and it’s your job to get excited as he tells you what happened.” Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Matthews has a weekly segment with the two youngsters on 610. The segment often stumbles because of a clash of generations who do not understand each other. This week’s segment unfortunately again avoided the building controversy about Denny’s refusal to lift his play-by-play calls to match the excitement of this Royals team’s historic postseason run. Parkins makes excuses for Matthews almost every week. It is not what I expect from a graduate of Syracuse’s school of broadcasting. Those who continue to make excuses for Matthews either have not listened to his work the past week or think of Denny as untouchable. He is not. What he is quickly becoming though is unlistenable.
“He’s never going to be that over-the-top guy.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: I do not want or need Matthews to be Rex Hudler or Harry Carey or even Jack Buck. But could he at least pretend to enjoy his job? Could he lend some excitement to the plays he calls so that Hosmer, Moose, Butler and Gordon can listen to these calls as old men and relive the drama and excitement? Denny needs to do his job. So far he is just punching the clock and yawning through his shift.
“I get that people want someone to be excited behind the mic but that’s who he is. If you haven’t been happy with Deny Matthews since 1969, he ain’t changing.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I am pretty confident this Denny Matthews would never have gotten the Royals gig alongside Buddy Blattner in 1969 with these tapes. Matthews is a very professional announcer with an encyclopedia of stories and info about the game he has followed for 60 years. He is not a screamer but he never sounded as bored as he does now. If anything, he has turned his game down for the playoffs. Just like many are now doing to his radio broadcasts.
“Beating a dead horse a little bit, but Ernie Johnson might have the hardest job in sports, getting his (TBS) comatose analysts to chime in.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: This TBS trio has not been anything to scream about either as far as play-by-play and analyst work. Cal Ripken should be renamed Cal Rip Van Winkle. I keep hearing how revered Ron Darling is in NY as the Mets analyst but he’s also the guy who told us Moose had a great season and Aoki has a great arm. We just deserve better.
“You can listen to the ESPN Radio broadcast of the Royals game right here on 810 and hear a broadcaster who is actually happy to be there.” Nate Bukaty, 810 AM GH: Jon Sciambi is getting rave reviews for his work in the postseason. A reminder to those who are stuck listening to the Royals on the radio, ESPN and 810 are offering a lively alternative.
“I didn’t see the (Chiefs) game because I was in Royals mode the whole time.”
Brad Fanning, KCTV 5 sports reporter and anchor, 610 AM GH: Huh? The Chiefs game ended before the Angels/Royals game started. I don’t know what Fanning’s schedule was on Sunday but he may have had some work responsibilities at The K prior to the game. BUT how does a local sportscaster NOT see a Chiefs game at least on tape before his Monday afternoon gig on a local sports talk show?
“That is unbelievable! First down for the 49ers! The thing is they had stopped them and then they had 12 men on (the punt return team).”
Jim Nantz, after the Chiefs’ defense was penalized for having 12 players on the field after holding the Niners, CBS GH: Maybe the dumbest and most avoidable play of the Chiefs season and one that will haunt Andy Reid and his team come December. This is not why you pay a man $7.5 million a year.
VIDEO: Chiefs’ rookie LB Dee Ford wants nothing to do with 49ers RB Frank Gore ble.ac/1nWj41wpic.twitter.com/zeH13cTwAT”
GH: This video will live with Dee Ford until he is dead and buried. Which might be very soon if you are talking about his NFL career.