OTC: Frank White Calls Out Yost’s Handling Of Billy Butler / Royals Fans Everywhere Following Playoff Hunt

“Billy (Butler) likes to be liked. And when he’s not liked then he tries harder and doesn’t do as well. He’s the kind of guy you have to go up to every day and tell him how good a hitter he is. This is the first time he’s felt totally unappreciated by the manager he’s playing for. … If I’m managing this team he’s in the lineup every day. I’m going to pat him on his back every day. I’m going to tell him how great he is every day and how much I need him every day to go out and perform. I think that as a manager, that’s part of your job.”
Frank White, in an interview with Jack Harry that is scheduled to air in its entirety Friday at 6:30 PM, KSHB TV 41
GH: Frank White is not some guy calling a sports talk show to complain about how Ned Yost has handled Billy Butler. White has a statue of himself at The K and his number 20 resides beside George Brett’s and Dick Howser’s in the outfield. White also managed Butler when the two were together in Wichita. Kudos to Jack Harry for getting White to open up and talk not only about Butler’s need for constant positive reinforcement but also Yost’s refusal to provide what he does for many of his players not named Billy Butler.

“Sorry for crossing my arms during the interview.”
Alex Gordon, after he was interviewed by Joel Goldberg and Salvador Perez Tuesday night following the Royals 7-1 win in Cleveland, Fox Sports KC
GH: Okay, this is getting fun. This is at least the second time Gordon has referenced crossing his arms in a postgame interview. It is an obvious shot at Kevin Kietzman’s attempt earlier this month to create a controversy about how Gordon’s crossed arms meant he did not like or respect Terrance Gore. Read below for KK’s comments that I posted September 5th.

Terrance Gore, Alex Gordon“I don’t want to read too much into this… I didn’t like the look of Alex Gordon (Wednesday, September 3rd) night. (Gordon) almost seemed annoyed that Gore was getting the attention and was getting splashed with the Gatorade bucket. … I don’t think Alex Gordon ever looked at Terrance Gore (during his postgame interview with Joel Goldberg Wednesday night). I don’t think he ever smiled, patted him on the back, whatever. … He didn’t want to be there. I don’t know what that was about. To a lot of people this sounds unthinkable, trust us on this. Trust us. … I think it’s a very interesting topic. When you start bringing in guys who they don’t know their name? It’s a whole different deal. I don’t want to make too much of it… He had his arms crossed. You talk to any person who studies sociology and arms crossed is a defensive position. ‘I don’t like what you’re asking me. I don’t like the person next to me. I’m very guarded right now. I don’t like this.’ That’s the posture of ‘I’m not real pleased with my position.’ Everybody knows that. … It was a weird dynamic as I’m watching this thing. It did not feel right. For some guys, trust me, having a guy like Terrance Gore that’s five-foot-six on the team that really can’t do anything except run on the bases, is an insult to what they do for a living. I think there are some of these (Royals) players going, ‘We worked out butt off to get into first place and this thing’s become a three-ring circus with Gore out there stealing bases and all these pinch runners?’ I think somewhere at least in the back of their minds they’ve got to be thinking that.”
Kevin Kietzman, commenting on Gordon’s postgame interview with Joel Goldberg on September 3rd, 810 AM
GH: Gordon has obviously enjoyed pimping and embarrassing Kietzman in his more recent interviews with Goldberg. Twitter reacts with howls every time Gordon crosses his arms or smirks about it with Goldberg. As far as I know, Kietzman has yet to respond on his show about Gordon’s digs. Maybe KK will have Gordon in studio for an interview to work this out. Maybe he can invite a sociologist in as well to referee.

“This is what it’s all about.”
Kris Ketz, @KrisKetzKMBC, Twitter GH: Ketz tweeted out this surreal photo of the Royals playoff tickets. Oh man, how freaking cool is this? I might need a sociologist to calm me down…

“I just want everyone to enjoy this. It’s been 30 years. It’s a fantastic moment in kc.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter

“When it’s your turn, it’s your turn.”
Denny Matthews, on the good fortune of the Royals to miss White Sox ace Chris Sale in the Royals series in Chicago, Royals Radio
GH: Matthews has been a bit of a savant since the All-Star break about the Royals chances of making the postseason. He pretty much called an Alex Gordon walk-off home run last month. He correctly predicted that the Tigers bullpen would allow the Royals an opportunity to win Saturday’s game – even when it looked bleakest. Denny appears to think this is the Royals time. Our Time I guess you could say.

“Do you actually believe in a team of destiny? I’m not sure I believe in a team of destiny. I think that this team has created its own success.”
Henry Lake, 610 AM GH: There are no teams of destiny. Only teams that seize their opportunities and the luck, drama and hardware that comes with them. Are the Royals THAT team this season? I cannot wait to find out.

“I am bummed to not be in KC for this pennant chase but I did score tix to the prospective game 3 and game 4 of the ALDS at the K. I also pulled the trigger on a plane ticket a few days ago.  The Boys in Blue seem to be peaking at the right time.  My wife and I are going absolutely crazy in NYC.  We got to see 2 of the 3 games in the series at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago.”
Bobby, OTC Email
GH: I met Bobby a couple of years ago through my column and his penchant for distance running. He even hooked up with my Sunday run bunch three times when he was back in KC for a visit. One of the greatest things about the Royals’ season is hearing from folks all across the country who are pulling for the Royals. People who followed the Royals through some dark decades are now wearing their KC caps probably in Manhattan, Salt Lake City and big and small burgs across the land. Our Time is Their Time as well.

“I moved to CHI a year ago from KC and have been bummed not to be there during this run. Safe to say where I’ll be Thurs – Sun.”
Tom Howell, @thowell21, Twitter
GH: With all of the Royals fans I’ve heard from planning to attend the Royals/White Sox series this weekend in Chicago, the Fox Sports camera crew are going to be kept busy getting shots of Royals fans on the screen. Wear your blue proudly, folks! And do not miss the opportunity for a deep-dish pizza, some Chicago dogs and a stroll through Grant Park and a drive down/up Lakeshore Drive. What a great city Ditka has built.

“For worst managerial decision in Royals history, I’d have to go with Whitey Herzog calling on Dennis Leonard — a notorious slow starter who always took two or three innings to find a groove — to close out the final game of the 1977 ALCS. The Royals should have won that game and gone on to the World Series, and maybe Mr. October would have never been Mr. October. I can’t forgive the White Rat for that. (Oh, and by the way, Jim Colborn and not Larry Gura should have been the Game 4 starter.)”
Phil, responding to my pick of Yost’s decision to pinch hit 42-year-old Raul Ibanez that ended the game against Detroit on Saturday, OTC email from Corpus Christi,  TX
GH: At least Leonard was still in his prime. Can you imagine if Whitey had gone with Marty Pattin out of the pen?

“You could make a case that the trio at the backend of the Royals bullpen are the best this game has ever seen.”
Josh Vernier, on the ERAs of Greg Holland (1.49), Wade Davis (0.90) and Kelvin Herrera (1.48) being better than any threesome to have pitched 60 or more innings, 610 AM
GH: Kudos to Dayton Moore for assembling this blockade the Royals have to unleash in the seventh, eighth and ninth in the playoffs. Not even Ned Yost has been able to screw this threesome up.

“That (ground ball) looked like it might be (a double play) but that’s the sixth error for Moustakas in the last two weeks.”
Steve Physioc, on another grounder off the glove of the Royals third baseman, Fox Sports KC
GH: Moose might need an intervention – or his ass kicked. But since Ned is never wrong about these things, I guess we will just allow him to carry on.

“Mom also says to send Moose back to the minors. Obviously she doesn’t realize that the minor league season is over. Lol mom.”
Mike Engel, @michaelengel, Twitter

“#LastTimeTheRoyalsWereInThePlayoffs I didn’t know about A…B…C English at all.” SungWoo Lee, @KoreanFan_KC, Twitter
GH: The last time the Royals were in the playoffs I attended games two and seven of the World Series at Royals Stadium. I’ve told this story before but I took a former brother-in-law to game two who was also a Cardinals fan. This guy was a complete ass to Royals fans before, during and especially after the game. I never spoke to that jerk again and my sister-in-law divorced him not long after. I had two tickets to game seven but I was sure they were going to be nothing more than souvenirs since the Royals were now down 0-2 in the WS. When the Denkinger Miracle made way for game seven, I took my bride of one year and sat there behind home plate for all the fun. My wife and I have now been married 30 years. Our Time, baby.

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24 Responses to OTC: Frank White Calls Out Yost’s Handling Of Billy Butler / Royals Fans Everywhere Following Playoff Hunt

  1. KCdan says:

    Being such a jock-sniffer, it’s gotta be just killing KK that he’s become a laughing stock of the Royals clubhouse. This is awesome ! And no way he’s going to talk about it….are you kidding me !?!

    • Gavin says:

      Oh, yeah. Fortunately, we all know that Kietzman is tough, has a thick skin and can take a little good natured ribbing.

      • KCdan says:

        of course. Have you noticed that the Border Patrol guys never mention KK? Don’t want to risk saying anything to offend him. But, they did (very intentionally, I think) play Gordon’s interview all the way through the arms-crossing part multiple times. Without adding any commentary.

        • Kyle says:

          I was thinking the exact same thing. Surely they were not clueless enough to not know what Gordo was talking about.

    • Phaedrus says:

      I hate to say it, but how many people are going to tune into his show to see if he talks about it? Good pub, bad pub….it’s all the same.

      How many mentions does KK get on this blog compared to the 610 guys? They can love you or hate you…just make sure they talk about you.

      • theSportsSnark says:

        I couldn’t care less if Kevin Kietzman talks about some contrived bullshit that he made up to get attention. He lost me as a listener at Brent and Bob Knight petition (not that they were so great, but really, who gives a shit). As a male age 18-35, I prefer Parkins. Less cookie diet, grilling, golf and contrived outrage radio.

  2. Gavin says:

    I admit, I’ve been down on the Royals all season. I’ve “bought in,” but I’ve also been bracing for the inevitable cockpunch to my soul. But fuck that. The Royals were my first sports love, even before the Jayhawks, and I am loving every minute of this.

  3. donkeypunch says:

    I was 9 years old in ’85 and my pops took me to Game 6. 29 years later, I still remember everything about the final hour of the game and I am eternally grateful that I got to share the experience with my Dad. Last year, I took my son to Maxwell GS game and last Sunday I took my daughter to the Roy’s win over Detroit. I understand it’s not the same as Game 6, but I hope my kids have some lasting memories of those games. Tough decision will be if the Roy’s make the playoffs, who do I take since I only have 2 tickets….pops, son, or daughter…..or maybe just a DD

    • Chuck D says:

      It has to be your dad. No question about it. Return the favor he did for you

    • carelessdonkey says:

      I was in first grade and got to go to the same game. Most of what I remember comes from watching the Thrill Of It All video countless times afterward, but I remember we were in the very top row of the stadium against the chain-link fence. My dad had a huge sign that said “Show-Me Heaven Royals In Seven.”

  4. Greg says:

    1985 World Series. Was at every game except Game 5 in St. Louis. The whole season was a great ride. The worst decision by a Royals manager was to bat Jose Cardenal as the deciding at bat in the bottom of 9th in Game 5 of 1980 World Series. He took strike three looking with the winning run on base. We lost Game 6 and the Series.

    Back to 2014 and beyond. Anyone see this article…
    http://www.foxsports.com/kansas-city/story/top-royals-2013-pick-dozier-set-to-build-on-double-a-struggles-092314

    You mean the Royals are going to move two third base prospects because we can’t move Moustakas. Seriously. I have an idea. Let Moustakas play third base for Omaha next year. See if he gets his groove back there.

    • Greg says:

      Mistake correction: Cardenal did strike out, but he swung. But the bases were loaded with two out in a 4-3 game. Phillies got two in top of 9th to take the lead.

  5. Merle Tagladucci says:

    GH: Kudos to Dayton Moore for assembling this blockade the Royals have to unleash in the seventh, eighth and ninth in the playoffs. Not even Ned Yost has been able to screw this threesome up.

    Such blind hyperbole. The only reason Wade Davis is where he is right now is because #1) Hochevar got hurt, and #2) Davis failed as a starter, which is what Dayton Moore’s plan was from the time the Shields/Myers trade was made. Wade Davis this season has been a fortuitous happy accident. Stop acting like Dayton Moore choreographed it.

    • nick says:

      Good point. Davis IS a happy accident.

      Regardless, our bullpen threesome is THE reason the Royals are making the playoffs, and THE reason they have a real chance to make the World Series.

      I hope Ned cuts his Manager Of The Year trophy into 4 pieces.

      • Merle Tagladucci says:

        Just the bullpen? How can you not say ALL the pitching is why we’re here?

        1) Lowest HR total in MLB.
        2) Lowest walk total in MLB.
        3) Abysmal plate approach.
        4) Down years from every single middle-of-the-order bat
        5) Tank job by Billy coupled with his gross mishandling by Edgar
        6) Salvy swinging at fireflies and nats instead of balls in the zone
        7) Hosmer the pinata chaser
        8) MoustakAZ the precious one
        9) Dyson the lowest baseball IQ in 50 states
        10) Gordon going MIA down the stretch

        If it wasn’t for Shields, Duffy, Ventura, Varas and Guthrie getting the ball to Herrera, Davis and Holland – this would be a .500 team. Period.

  6. Kyle says:

    Greg, what did you think of Hudler hammering Dyson for jogging to first on a double play last night? 1st time I have heard a Royals announcer that critical in years. Said he just runs hard when he wants to. Ouch.

  7. Kyle says:

    I was sitting by the right field foul pole at game 6 absolutely miserable as a 14 year old getting ready to watch the Cardinals celebrate on our field. Then, magic happened:

  8. Fred Flintstone says:

    Hey Frank White….Go Fuck Off.

    You proudly bragged about how you’d never step foot in Kauffman Stadium again, until the Royals apologized and made good to you.

    What did I miss? Did Dayton call you? Email you? Send you a telegraph?

    You phony bastard, now that the Royal look like they’ll be in the playoff for the first time in 29 years, you come back? Can’t miss a good party? Or maybe it’ll be good for your election campaign?

    Stay away….who needs ya?

  9. david says:

    Royals win again, pitching dominates again, offense comes alive finally.

    Fire Ned and DMGM because Dick Howser never made a bad decision and DMGM hasn’t developed enough starting pitching in his tenure (he just had to rebuild the whole f-ing organization, along with a 1B, C, 3B, OF and a bunch of relievers).

    • KV says:

      After 8+ years on the job during which every team except the Astros, Blue Jays (big payroll), Mariners (big payroll), and Marlins have made the playoffs, I’d say it’s about time.

    • MrOlathe says:

      3rd Base was easy to replace. He just grabbed another one from the 3rd base tree

  10. Herb says:

    Frank White is right. This is Management 101. The position is called “manager” for a reason. Manage the game, manage the player personalities.

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