“I think (Alex Gordon) is establishing himself as one of the greats of this organization.”
Ned Yost, prior to Gordon hitting a two-run homer Wednesday night to give the Royals a sweep over the Texas Rangers, 610 AM
GH: We have seen this before in Kansas City where a stoic player steps up and carries a team through clutch situation after clutch situation. George Brett did it for most of his 21 seasons here in Kansas City. Alex Gordon has done it for the last month. Oh, but what a month it has been. And what a month yet awaits.
“When you get to the playoffs, legacies are change with 20 at bats.”
Danny Parkins, while discussing the possibility of Alex Gordon becoming legendary with a successful run through the postseason, 610 AM
GH: Gordon is a nice story outside of Kansas City but he isn’t really discussed with any seriousness about being one of the game’s superstars. But Parkins makes an excellent point in how that could change with a Brett-like October this fall. Okay, maybe I’m dreaming – but DO NOT WAKE ME!
“The name that comes to mind when you say that is Carlos Beltran.”
Carrington Harrison, responding to Parkins’ comment above, 610 AM
“I’ve watched a lot of September games where a contender took advantage of a team with nothing to play for. Just never from this perspective.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, after the Royals swept the Rangers with their third consecutive win Wednesday night, Twitter
GH: I think we all know the perspective from which Rany speaks. All too well as a matter of fact This side of the glass is far more enjoyable.
“I like baseball. I do. I know they want to speed up the game, so here’s the thing. If you’re batting .215 and you suck, you have to stay in the batter’s box. You don’t get to get out and do your gloves every time, because you’re not good enough to do that. If it’s like Ventura versus Cabrera, then I’m alright with Cabrera stepping out (of the box). God love the Greek guy, but Moustakas, you’ve got to stay in the box, man! You can’t be doing your gloves all the time because you’re not good enough! You’re killing me, Smalls!”
Lazlo, 96.5 The Buzz
GH: I would like to see a T-Shirt Tuesday at The K with the slogan, “God love the Greek guy!” screen printed on the giveaways.
“The same with pitchers. If you suck, you don’t get to walk around the mound, kick your feet, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Especially if you’re pitching against someone else who sucks. I kind of understand if you’re going against somebody awesome and you suck. But if it’s just two crappy people – you’ve got to go.”
Lazlo, 96.5 The Buzz
“Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for reportedly taking the drug ecstasy at the Kentucky Derby. Well, he thought he was at the Kentucky Derby – turns out it was just a merry-go-round at the park.”
Jimmy Fallon, Fallon Tonight
“I was telling someone else today that I think everyone in America needs to experience a game at Arrowhead because it’s something special. The fact that the first game is a home game means it’s going to be off the chain. The fans will be there before we even have to report to the stadium. There’s going to be music, tailgating, and the whole parking lot is going to be smoked out with barbeque. That gets the juices flowing for us before we even step on the field. You feel like you can’t be stopped with that sea of red behind you.”
Eric Berry, Chiefs safety, arrowheadpride.com
GH: Berry played in the SEC where many believe football is more sacred than even most NFL cities. Nice to hear Kansas City can hold its own in fandom anywhere.
“What I keep hearing from all these media people is, ‘Andy Reid! And Reid! Andy Reid!’ Everybody likes Andy Reid. Well, Andy Reid doesn’t play football! … The way this schedule shakes out and what happened those last seven games last year leaves me second guessing of what they are capable of doing.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: I am HOPING that Andy Reid makes a difference and that the Chiefs preseason was nothing more than smoke – or was that the Chiefs offensive line?
“They’re not going to go 6-10 without injuries or terrible fortune or something really bizarre happening. They’re going to be better than that.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is as high on the Chiefs as anyone – including Mitch Holthus. So you could say he is Wes Welker high.
“I don’t care who it is (you’re playing), you want to come out and be hitting on all cylinders. … Let’s zero in and let’s get this first one.”
Alex Smith, on the Chiefs opener Sunday against the Titans, 810 AM
“(Randy Covitz) is one of the two people who are pleasant to me. He’s very nice to me, that’s all.”
Steven St. John, prior to playing an audio clip of the Kansas City Star beat writer from Wednesday’s Chiefs presser, 810 AM
GH: Nate Bukaty poked SSJ back by mentioning that his less-than-welcoming demeanor might be the reason other members of the media steer clear of The Beard at Chiefs’ gatherings. The Kansas City Star is full of nice guy writers. Mellinger, Gregorian, Kerkhoff, Paylor, etc. are all easy-going sweethearts. Who are the nice guys in radio? Carrington Harrison never met a person he didn’t like. Todd Leabo gets along with just about anybody. Who is on your nice-guy media list? Or better yet, your jerk media list?
“If you’ve lost track, Texas is down its starting QB, starting center and both starting tackles since last weekend.”
Stewart Mandel, @SIMandel, after yet more suspensions announced by Texas first-year coach, Charlie Strong, Twitter
GH: It will be very interesting to see if Texas has the stomach for what Charlie Strong thinks needs to be done in Austin. With Texas A&M looking like an SEC power, the Horns will not want to play second chair to the Aggies no matter how cleansed their football program becomes.
“At the rate Charlie Strong is going, Bevo is going to be suspended/dismissed any day now.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, after the Texas head coach suspended the Longhorns two starting offensive tackles, Twitter
“For 44 minutes, we actually played pretty darn well. We gave nothing away. We give up a cheap goal, and now all of a sudden it changes the course of the game.”
Peter Vermes, on his club’s 3-1 loss in Foxborough, Kansas City Star
GH: This is a far different approach from the usually tough-talking Vermes after a Sporting loss. This sounds more like the excuses we have come to expect from the Royals and Chiefs.
“Nobody is jumping off @SportingKC bandwagon. It’s not a bandwagon it’s a family. Good times and bad. Good times and bad. #IBelieve”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, after Sporting dropped their third straight game Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to New England, Twitter
GH: Sporting Kansas City needs more real fans and less of these gooey family fans like Lazlo. The club just got waxed in their last three games and nobody has the stones to criticize the coach, the players or the franchise? Time to be a real professional sport and feel comfortable hammering the home team when they play below expectations.
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