“When I talk to you I try to look on the bright side of everything but all I can say to you is – I’m sorry.”
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB analyst, as he began his weekly interview with Steven St. John and The Border Patrol Thursday morning, on the Royals dismal play against the Astros the post three days, 810 AM
GH: It is still May and ESPN personalities are already feeling sorry for Royals fans. Again.
“I was in the stands today (at The K) in a couple of different spots and it was bad. Fans saying, ‘The same old Royals. This team’s bad.’ It was very negative in the crowd today and the Royals gave them nothing.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: If you frequent Kauffman Stadium during the summer months, you know that is far from a vindictive crowd or atmosphere. But the bitterness has been brewing now for years and what once was a forgiving city is becoming hardened and cynical to all the losing. Even on an 85-degree day at The K.
“Our next 16 games are against really, really tough opponents. We’re going to have to get this figured out quick or we’re going to be in trouble.”
Ned Yost, following the Astros’ sweep of the Royals and being outscored 21-5 in the three-game series by the last-place Astros, 610 AM G
H: The Royals are now four games under .500. They are no longer “hanging around.” They are more accurately simply hanging.
“Farnsworth apparently in no hurry to get back to that rented apartment in Houston. I think Farnsworth is the antithesis of Dennis Eckersley. And so with the score 9-3, Farnsworth walks the Royals’ number-nine hitter. I’m not going to put it on the home-plate umpire but his strike zone hasn’t helped anybody.”
Denny Matthews, play-by-play voice of the Royals, as the Astros’ reliever took his time on the mound Wednesday, Royals Radio
GH: If you are getting fed up with this Royals team, just think how Denny Matthews feels about having to sit in the radio booth the next four months while impatiently looking at his watch.
“You basically have an entire lineup of guys besides Salvador Perez and to a degree Alcides Escobar playing below career performance. It doesn’t make any sense where you have a team where Escobar’s slugging percentage is 18 points higher than the team’s slugging percentage.”
Buster Olney, 810 AM
GH: The questions are many. Are the Royals this bad? Has Ned Yost and his pro-player style caused the players to underperform? Are Kansas City fans simply cursed to flounder in the sewers of professional sports and sing soccer songs?
“The Royals are walking into a buzz saw (in Toronto where the Jays have won nine straight games), to the point if they come out of that series with a split that would be outstanding.” Buster Olney, 810 AM
GH: James Shields opens the four-game series tonight in Toronto. To say this is a big game for James and the Royals is not hyperbole. The Royals need their ace to stop the losing.
“They’re not trading (James) Shields. No way. They’re not going to give up before the trade deadline. They’re not going to wave the white flag after they made the big trade for James Shield and then trade him. They’ll keep James Shields until the bitter end of the season.” Steven St. John, when asked if he thinks the Royals will eventually give up on this season and try and trade Shields to a contender, 810 AM
“My command today was hogwash. It was really bad.”
Danny Duffy, who lasted only four innings against the Astros and gave up five earned runs and five walks, 810 AM
GH: You want some good news? Danny Duffy understands how to own his failures and be accountable. He could teach his teammates a bit about humility and entitlement.
“We just keep working hard, Andy. That’s what we do. … You just keep working hard. Screaming and yelling doesn’t work.”
Ned Yost, when asked by The Star’s Andy McCullough what the Royals can do to turn around their recent slump, 810 AM
GH: Working hard hasn’t worked for this Royals team either. What might have worked is sending Mike Moustakas down to Omaha last season and not waiting until his confidence ebbed lower than his batting average. Moose is hitting .215 in Omaha after one week. Yep. Yosty has never been wrong.
“This is your best (Chiefs) head coach / quarterback combination since Marty Schottenheimer and Joe Montana. This is the best combo like that since I’ve been doing these games.”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs current pairing of Andy Reid and Alex Smith, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs need Alex Smith to have a ridiculously great season if they hope to conquer their schedule and make the playoffs again. I think Smith might be a very special player who is getting better as he ages.
“Hey, whatever we need. I haven’t been running all these sprints for nothing!”
Dontari Poe, when asked about where he expects top play this season in the Chiefs’ defensive line, 810 AM
“I put in an extra hour or a couple of hours in the evening with my trainer just to stay on top of things.”
Tamba Hali, addressing his commitment to being in shape for this Chiefs’ season, 810 AM
“Missouri’s (football) schedule is the cupcake schedule of the SEC. … What’s harder, Missouri’s eight-game schedule in the SEC or the nine-game schedule in the Big 12? It’s not even close! Not even close!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Unfortunately for the listeners of KK’s Between the Lines show, he made these comments and other similar disparaging comments about Mizzou’s “easy” SEC football schedule before and after (but not during) his live on-air interview with MU’s center Evan Boehm and running back Morgan Steward were in his studio.
“Sources from FCS-level Eastern Illinois — where Green-Beckham was rumored to play next year – said the Panthers have not had contact with Green-Beckham and have been led to believe he’s leaning toward sitting in 2014.”
Jeremy Fowler, writer, CBSsports.com
GH: I hope DGB plays somewhere this season if for no other reason than to be in a structured environment that a college football team can offer. He obviously is not good at handling his free time.
“I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The airport is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. I think about the New York Yankees passing through KCI.”
Kevin Kietzman, on KCI
GH: Who cares about what the Yankees think about KCI? I wouldn’t mind if they got dropped off in Terminal C and had to wander around in circles for a couple of days. I am all for improving aspects of our city for those who live and work in our city and to attract commerce. But living your life to impress others is just a loser’s mentality. KK spouts this small-town attitude into his mic all too often for my taste.
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