OTC: AL Central Is Still Up For Grabs / Royals Dynamic Pricing Anything But / Mizzou’s Version Of The Big Dance

“Tigers don’t want the division……does anyone else want to step up?”
Brian McRae, @kcsluggers, Twitter
GH: The Tigers still hold a three-game lead over Cleveland and a four-game lead over the third-place Royals. The Twins are in last place and just five games back. Here in the second week of June, everyone is still all in.  

“The most troublesome statistic for the Royals in my opinion is that they’re 6-16 in the division. I think we’re seeing the change from being the hunter to being the hunted. I just think there’s a different intensity coming from the teams in the division playing the Royals. It’s very hard to go anywhere in the playoffs unless you do very well within your division. Everyone in the division feels they still have a shot and what’s wrong with that?” Ryan Lefebvre, 810 AM
GH: An interesting thought from the Royals broadcaster – one insiders who knows the division well and has a close-up view of the Royals day-to-day on-field intensity. It makes sense that Minnesota, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit are taking the Royals organization more seriously. They know best how well their farm system has performed under Dayton Moore. All the more reason for the Royals to match their neighbors’ intensity and be worthy of that respect.  

“I do hope the American League has moist lips, because the Royals are about to request fellatio.”
First Time Caller, @KCSportsNerd, after the Royals defeated the Yankees two out of their first three games in their four-game series, Twitter
GH: Are the Royals really in a position with a record of 31-32 to tell the American League to, “Blow me?” Beating the Cardinals and Yankees feels good but I’m not ready to commit to anything more than first base in this relationship.  

“I didn’t realize how much prices were this weekend (at The K). It was almost double!” Bob Fescoe, on the Royals dynamic pricing policy of charging more per ticket for “premium” games like the Cardinals and Yankees, 610 AM
GH: Who is the marketing genius who thinks it is “dynamic” to overcharge for tickets to watch the Cardinals and Yankees? Dynamic for who? The Royals? The fans have spoken during these two home series and they have spoken quietly – by not showing up in anywhere near the numbers that these opponents have attracted in the past. 

“My guess is there is as much money or maybe more in selling fewer tickets at a higher price.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Is it always about the money? I know that sounds rhetorical but how much cash does David Glass need? How much can he spend before he hands the team to Dan? I would argue the Glass family would garner far more enjoyment from seeing The K brimming with Royals baseball fans during these two successful series. They sell large cans of beer at The K for $10.25. Dynamic pricing? That is a very loud invitation to your fans to stay home and watch the game on TV. 

“They could use a fat win streak to get the fans fired up…and maybe they’ve begun it here with the Yankees. I don’t know.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“I think when it’s all said and done, Salvador Perez will be the team leader in home runs.” Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Hosmer 427-foot homer Saturday night surprised me so it almost knocked me out of my booth at Jose Peppers. I keep thinking if Hosmer and Moose would somehow flip the switch this could be one helluva fun summer. But as it sits, this is one frustrating team to follow this season.  

“Who’s been the best all-around player this year for the Royals? I think without a doubt it’s Lorenzo Cain.”
Henry Lake, 610 AM
GH: Ned Yost is too stubborn to improve his batting order so Cain is destined to miss maybe five to seven at bats a week hitting seventh instead of second. How happy are Royals opponents to see Hosmer hitting third and swinging at grounders instead of Alex Gordon? I would go with Aoki, Cain, Gordon, Salvy, Butler, Hosmer, Infante, Moose and Escobar. And I’d platoon Moose as soon as Valencia is healthy. 

“Gary Pinkel addressing high school players following a camp today: ‘We were one quarter away from the national championship.’”
Pete Scantlebury, @PeteScantlebury, Twitter
GH: That just doesn’t sound like an SEC kind of statement. It sounds like leftover residue from Mizzou’s days in the Big 12. I would prefer to hear Pinkel tell those youngsters that there is an SEC party going on in Columbia and he wants them to come be Tigers to keep that party roaring right to their first of many national championships.

“If they had a tournament (bracket) of Missouri’s most-embarrassing moments, the Ricky Clemens jailhouse tapes were so bad and so embarrassing I think this would be a number-one seed and have a STRONG chance to win! They could easily fill a tournament bracket. The fifth down? That story sounds made up!”
Carrington Harrison, as he and Danny Parkins ruefully reminisced about MU’s many past heart-breaking and embarrassing sports moments,  610 AM
GH: Ricky’s jailhouse tapes. Ricky’s moped accident. The fifth down. Tyson F-ing Edney. The Fleakicker. Jumbo wine. Michael Dixon. DBG. Stipo’s self-inflicted gunshot wound. Derrick Washington. KU’s Orange Bowl & MU’s Cotton Bowl. Quin not Bill. Norfolk State. Faith in Tulsa’s Haith. The list could likely fill at least a 32-team bracket – and very likely we could stretch it to 64 if we got creative. A daily update of this bracket would definitely make me want to listen to 610 Sports’ The Drive on my way home.

“There’s still a lot of time. I still have a year left (on my contract). I think we’re in a good situation.”
Alex Smith, when asked about the speculation of him signing a long-term contract with the Chiefs before the season, KMBC Channel 9

“There’s no new news here on Alex Smith’s contract. And when it happens, we will have it exclusively here on 610 Radio.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM GH: So Fescoe is alerting us that his radio station will “exclusively” break any news on Alex Smith’s signing with the Chiefs. That might be a first – not Fescoe making up some hyperbole, but any station alerting their audience to a future exclusive on a story every local media outlet and many national are covering closely. 

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42 Responses to OTC: AL Central Is Still Up For Grabs / Royals Dynamic Pricing Anything But / Mizzou’s Version Of The Big Dance

  1. JS says:

    You dug deep to remember the Stipo self inflicted gunshot wound. When he came to KU lots of students had cap pistols and shot them off. You would never get away with that today. Immediate arrest for sure.

  2. Joe Blow says:

    Fescoe obviously hasn’t paid for a ticket in a while — even Spring Training games have premium pricing.

    Being one quarter away from playing for the National Championship is pretty good, no?

    What’s the point of constantly rehashing bad moments in a team’s (or school’s) history just to fill time? It’s lazy and really overdone. Posnanski and Mellinger do this all of the time about the same Royals plays from 10 or 15 years ago. It’s not funny or clever.

  3. Joe Blow says:

    Also, no mention of the whiny Mellinger column about KU displacing some of the best student section seats and giving them to donors?

    http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article507357/KU-students-messed-with-the-bull-got-the-horns-and-shame-on-the-bull.html

    If that happened at any other school (especially local), his column would have been about how students/fans at these schools just have to accept that college sports is big business these days, and you just have to understand that schools are going to try to maximize their revenues.

    Instead, it’s KU Grad Mellinger saying, “Kansas took prime seats from the student section! It’s an OUTRAGE!!” I sure haven’t seen him complaining very much about KU revenues and activities otherwise..

  4. Alphonse Tooty says:

    I like dynamic ticket pricing. It keeps the cheapskates out of my way.

  5. Renton says:

    I hate going to the Yankees games because there’s so many damn Yankees fans there. And now I have to pay that much more to go to those games? Nope.

  6. keitzman wants an intern says:

    The price of tickets at the premium games is the issue why people are not coming to BIG series.

    These talking heads at 610 and 810 have not paid for a ticket to an event since High School. Every event they go to is free whether they are working or not.
    When they are working a game it’s free chow for them, no going to the concession stand or sitting in the upper deck for any of these “fans”.
    They have no idea what a cost it is to get season tickets, or buy a hot dog.

    • Doug Tucker says:

      Not true. Soren Petro pays for his own Chiefs season tickets and never comes near the free pressbox food on game day.

  7. The Independent Rage says:

    I don’t think long-time Missouri fans would have to get too creative to come up with 64 rotten events. Give me an hour or so, and I’m sure I could come up with at least 100. The 5 most heart-breaking events for me wouldn’t even be any of the various embarrassing or fluky occurrences (which become easier to laugh at as time passes), but rather the two football losses where a win would’ve meant an NC game, plus the most recent three Elite 8 losses.

    • Joe Blow says:

      But…you know…Ricky Clemmons drove an ATV! It’s pretty funny when you keep saying it..

  8. The Independent Rage says:

    His antics have become funnier over the years. Them Crackas Be Shakin’!!!

  9. Tim says:

    Wait, so it’s okay to tout final fours (a semi final round) but not brag to kids about being one quarter from the national title? Got it. By the way, it’s TYUS Edney. A name I will most certainly never forget.

    • BlackJack says:

      Sorry, they don’t give out banners or trophies for “being one quarter from a faux national title”. In the BCS era, there is no real national title anyways.

  10. Java Man says:

    I can’t believe there is no mention about Quin Snyder landing a NBA head coaching job before Bill Self.

    • Joe Blow says:

      The only question is, will Quin Snyder have a better NBA job than Bill Self will get?

    • Smith says:

      NBA coaching is a shit job. Traveling every day, airports and TSA and all that hassle, trying to motivate grown men who half-ass it 75% of the time during the regular season…compared to college where you can make just as much money and have a much more normal life. Hmmm.

      Good luck Quin. [sniff sniff]

      • Tim says:

        Not sure if you are kidding or not. Sure, if you are a top coach you might have a private jet to fly you around for your nearly year-round recruiting visits. There is no off-season. Not to mention the college towns are usually at least an hour or two from any major city (and airport) so you have to load your team up on buses and drive for two hours just to get on a flight, and that’s if your not so lucky to have an opponent who is within a 4 hour drive which means even longer bus rides.
        NBA coaches have all the perks and luxuries of the CEO of a major corporation. And no recruiting so there is an off-season. Granted, I personally think the NBA product is a bore but don’t kid yourself into thinking that a college coach has a much easier life than that of an NBA coach.

  11. Juan Pablo says:

    “Gary Pinkel addressing high school players following a camp today: ‘We were one quarter away from the national championship.’”

    Pinkel must be drunk again. Auburn was never behind in the 4th quarter. Only thing MU has was a 3 pt lead for about 3 minutes in the middle of the third quarter.
    Now K-st had a 15 point lead over TX am in the Fourth quarter of the Big 12 championship and would of played in the National Championship game but Snyder choked and lost the game.

    My favorite MU loser story was when MU lost to Iowa State and the next day Pinkel tried to tell everyone MU really won the game. But Pinkel drinks a lot and embarrasses himself all the time. MU has to be the biggest loser school in history. They have never won anything.

    • Tim says:

      A)Mizzou had the lead with 5 mins to go in the 3rd, so it wasnt the middle of the 3rd. And they held the lead 4 different times so it wasn’t like that was the first lead of the game.
      B)After that Iowa St game, the Big 12 head of referees issued an apology stating they made a mistake.

      • Juan Pablo says:

        Thanks for confirming MU was not a quarter away from a national championship and showing Pinkel is an idiot.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      Hmm, I think he’s obsessed with MU…….
      (But there’s no argument with his last two sentences.)

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Of course, Juan Pablo is the same jerkoff who claimed that Mizzou didn’t penalize Gary Pinkel for his DUI incident. He’s totally proficient in verbal diarrhea, and doesn’t allow facts to get in the way of his moronic narrative.

  12. Zard says:

    Losing 22 straight conference is games is a lot more suffering than anything at Mizzou. I mean $99 season football tickets? THAT is embarassing.

    • Kyle R says:

      Embarrassing, yes. More embarrassing than rarely selling out your basketball stadium, regardless of ticket price? No.

      Dynamic ticket pricing is a good idea, in theory, but it sure pisses off people who buy tickets far in advance when you have situations like last week where the Royals were desperate to sell Yankees tickets and dropped the price as low as $19. Not sure it really works in application unless you’re regularly selling 75% or more of your tickets, which the Royals definitely aren’t.

      • Tim says:

        no, not really. 22 straight is way more embarrassing. You go ahead and sellout your barn while we continue to expand the size of the football stadium where the real money is.

        • Kyle R says:

          One plus – an empty basketball stadium leaves more room for all those NCAA Tournament participant banners. Plenty of room for a Final Four banner too, though I doubt that’s a concern.

          • Tim says:

            I suppose they can fill it with make-believe titles like the Helms titles hanging Allen.

            • Kyle R says:

              It’s not make-beileve if it’s the only thing that existed back then. And you can be damn sure Mizzou would handle it just how KU does, if they’d been awarded any.

              • Greg says:

                Seriously. You are going to hang your hat on 1922 and 1923 Helms titles that were rewarded retroactively. 1922 being a year Missouri and Kansas each won on the other’s floor and tied for the conference title. Okay big boys. Go Charlie Weis. Bring it home this fall!!!

              • Tim says:

                Wrong, it didn’t exist back then. This guy Helmes went back and personally decided who he thought the champions were each year. Heck there was a writer who placed Mizzou #1 after the 2007 football season. Perhaps we should count that.

  13. Zard says:

    I’m not going to sit here and say Mizzou basketball and the fans are great, even good, because lately it has not been. But c’mon man $99 season tickets? That is BAD. Of course if I were you I wouldn’t pay it either because Charlie Weis isn’t the answer. I am hoping Kim Anderson is.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      I have been getting K-st season tickets for $100 for a few years now when KU plays there. . I think they raise it to $125 this year. They are not great but are a reserved seat. Same thing for KU.

      • Zard says:

        SEASON ticket, not single game. Hell one ticket to a ku basketball game is cheaper than a ku football season ticket.

        • Juan Pablo says:

          K-st has offered SEASON football tickets to the public for $100 for a few years now. I think it is now $125 I get them the years KU plays at KSU. Sell or give away the rest of the tickets.

          • Zard says:

            http://m.kstatesports.com/m/tickets/ksu-tickets-fb.html

            You fail completely. When it comes to football, there is sucks and then there is kansas sucks. You losers wrote the book on bad football.

            • Juan Pablo says:

              Big Swing and a miss.
              KSU all ready sold out of the $125 season tickets. Your link is to the KSU single game tickets for sale now. You are making a fool of yourself.

              • Zard says:

                $200 is the cheapest season ticket and all 2014 season tickets are sold out Juan. Will K State fans carry the goal posts out of your stadium again? Join the Chant!

  14. JimmyD says:

    We need way less Aoki and more Dyson. Never thought I’d say that. Dyson does EVERYTHING better than Aoki.

  15. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    As mediocre as MU hoops has been lately, it’s never been as low as KU football is now. Even during the darkest days of Quin Snyder, it wasn’t.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      KU football has had a bad few years. MU has never won anything in history That is as bad as it gets.

      Pinkel now says the greatest win in MU history is when MU had a 3 point lead for abut 2 minuets in the third quarter of the SEC championship , then MU went on to lose the game like they always do

  16. Juan Pablo says:

    Big Swing and a miss.
    KSU all ready sold out of the $125 season tickets. Your link is to the KSU single game tickets for sale now. You are making a fool of yourself.

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