“While (Bret) Saberhagen went onto win 167 games, earn two Cy Young Awards, pitch a no-hitter and raise a family during these past 29 years, the Royals have done, well, nothing. … Today, he is 50, balding and in disbelief. They sit in last place in the American League Central today, four months shy of their 30th consecutive year without a playoff berth — the longest drought of any team in the four major professional sports leagues and a far cry from the seven berths in 10 seasons that included Saberhagen’s heyday.”
Bob Nightengale, writer, USAToday.com G
H: Those few sentences tells anyone who cares to read Nightengale’s story in today’s USA Today that the Royals have been wretched for many of their fans’ lifetimes. 30 freaking years? And the Royals wonder why the local media and their fans are a bit cynical at times? They should be handing out Walmart goody bags to everyone who even buys a ticket to watch this organization perform.
“It’s crazy, just crazy. I mean, 30 years have blown by just like that. This team used to be in the playoffs almost every year. And now, with the wild cards, you’d expect them to get there periodically. I mean, sometime, right? It just hasn’t worked out lately. Lately? How’s that for an understatement?”
Bret Saberhagen, USAToday.com
GH: I am older than Sabes and I remember him as a rookie. But my numbers are dwindling and soon all that will be left are those who have known only the torture of being Royal.
“It’s been a frustrating year. But the frustration I feel is no greater than the players, or (manager) Ned (Yost) or the coaching staff. We’re all in it together.”
Dayton Moore, USAToday.com
GH: Moore left out the FANS??? Yost and Moore and Moose and all the rest of the Royals players are millionaires because of baseball and the Royals. Moore thinks he and his ridiculously paid employees are frustrated? For 30 years Royals fans have helped pay and pay and pay the freight for Moore and Yost and their players to be privileged enough to be frustrated. For Moore to not acknowledge the fans in this quote is beyond poor taste. It’s dumb.
“I’ve gone through so many coaches since I’ve been here, and it makes you feel bad, because it boils down to you. It’s not the hitting coach’s fault we’re not hitting. The front office did everything they could. It’s on us.”
Eric Hosmer, USAToday.com
GH: Blah, blah, blah. I am so tired of this pseudo accountability. Hosmer feels bad? How does he think Superfan Chris feels driving around the country chugging Five Hour Energy shots and sleeping in his car to cheer for this bunch of never-achieving overpaid mess?
“We’re not ready to pull the rip cord on the season, I know that. We felt it was a quality team entering spring training, and there’s no reason to think at this time we should feel any differently.”
Dayton Moore, when asked about trading James Shields before he becomes a free agent this offseason, USAToday.com
GH: No reason??? Has Moore been watching his team play this season? Did he catch them getting swept at home by the Astros??? Did he notice that Mike Moustakas is hitting .150 and it’s freaking JUNE? Did he notice that the best option he could offer Yost for a spot start got slapped around in Toronto like he was a hockey puck? NO REASON? I am trying to come up with a reason to NOT grab that rip cord and yank it like it was my craptatsic Toro that starts about as often as Kyle Zimmer.
“(Not moving to the National League) is one of the most major mistakes in the history of ownership. It was natural to go to the National League. They would have had a natural rivalry with the Cardinals. The Cubs would be sellouts. People would come from Denver. And they wouldn’t have to worry about their offense. When I talked to David about it, he said, ‘Everybody wanted to see the Yankees.’ I said, ‘Was there anyone complaining if you went to the NL?’ He said, ‘We got about a hundred letters.’ I said, ‘Jesus, you’re running Wal-Mart and you let 100 letters change your mind? What a screw-up.’”
Whitey Herzog, former Royals and Cardinals manager, USAToday.com
GH: I was on a panel with Buddy Biancalana when this topic was being debated and we both agreed that the Royals should move to the NL. I know there are many of you who cringe at leaving your hallowed AL roots – but I’m with Whitey (and that’s not saying I’m a Donald Sterling fan).
“Our market doesn’t allow you to have a lot of experience. It demands you have young players. You can’t make excuses for young players. You just can’t. You’ve got to go play. And you’ve got to win.”
Dayton Moore, USAToday.com
GH: Love it when people make an excuse and then try to soften it by saying you can’t make an excuse. Moore is far more adept at making excuses than making the playoffs. PLAYOFFS? (Jim Mora voice)
“It felt like they were introducing the Royals to America. This team has been around, you know. They’re not new. It was like, ‘Wow! This is embarrassing.’ It was like the woebegone Royals are finally good enough to warrant time on our airwaves.”
Josh Klingler, on the ESPN broadcast of the Royals/Cardinals game Monday night, 610 AM
GH: What in the hell does Klingler expect? Our Royals have been the dredges of professional sports for 20 years. Not just baseball – all professional sports. Even President Obama is making fun of the Royals! When Obama introduced his new press man from Kansas City he said, “He still roots for the Royals (pause), I guess.”
“I thought (the ESPN broadcast) was very patronizing at times for Royals fans. … Yes America, there is another team on the other side of Missouri and it kicked the other team’s ass last night! So there, suck it Cardinal fans!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe took a sports talk radio job in St. Louis and got his ass kicked in the Gateway City. Maybe that’s why he acts like such a doofess when it comes to anything St. Louis related. I know there are a lot of Royals fans who rate the Cardinals and their fans. I just don’t understand why? Because they have done things right for 100 years and won? I want the Royals to be the Cardinals. Give me 75 years of winning baseball and allow me to be an asshole fan who dresses in royal blue from head to bed.
“An excellent start by Danny Duffy. Do we have confidence in his next start? Not yet.” Soren Petro, after Duffy was brilliant in his six innings against the Cards, 810 AM
“You get older as you age and ‘dead arm’ happens.”
Danny Duffy, prior to his start in St. Louis Monday night, 810 AM
GH: You get older as you age. Duffy has a little Greinke in him – and I like it.
“I live by a motto I never look behind me… I think anybody looking over their shoulder can’t move forward. That’s not me. I’m always moving forward.”
Mark Mangino, current Iowa State assistant coach, on leaving behind any bitterness he feels about being fired at Kansas, 810 AM
GH: Make up our own one-liner here.
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