“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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