“I’ve thought about it. I don’t think [playing at The K as an opponent] will be much different.”
Zack Greinke, on his return to Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night as member of the Brewers, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
GH: Greinke always was a dreamer. While I will never understand why fans turn on the same athletes they once adored, Greinke better be ready for the Johnny Damon treatment tonight at The K. Sure, the guy will be wearing a different uniform but he gave Royals’ fans some great years and a Cy Young season. And the trade with the Brewers resulted in the Royals’ shortstop and center fielder of the future along with the franchise’s best pitching prospect. Boo all you want tonight but I don’t get the misplaced spite.
“The fans were always good to me [in Kansas City]. I don’t know how they’ll be when I go back [as an opponent], but while I was there they were great to me. I’ll never say anything bad about how I’ll be treated over there, especially by the fans.”
Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
GH: Johnny Damon pretty much make the same comments when asked about playing in front of Kansas City fans as an opponent. Damon even stated he would likely enter the HOF as a Royal if honored with the induction. Read on.
“Johnny Damon and Zack Greinke are so similar. There are a lot of media people who are making a career out of saying Johnny Damon took the money. Johnny Damon wanted to win! I love Zack Greinke. Zack Greinke said, ‘I don’t believe you’re going to win.’ And two years later they’re still not winning. I can’t blame Zack Greinke for that.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John is one of the more vocal Kansas City-based sports voices in his distaste for both Damon and Greinke. A debate between Petro and SSJ on this subject would be far more entertaining than another Joel “Company Man” Goldberg snooze-inducing chat on The Program.
“My house is, like, 100 yards away from the visiting hotel but I’m renting it out, so I won’t be able to stay there. Some guy did a two-year lease. But I’ll be able to see it.”
Zack Greinke, on his home on The Country Club Plaza, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
GH: This is the house that George Brett inquired about purchasing from Greinke but was told it was not for sale. If it is 100 yards from the Intercontinental Hotel, it’s got to be some pretty nice digs.
“I’m looking forward to getting in the car and driving around [Kansas City]. So, I guess after I pitch I’ll be able to spend the next day doing whatever. That will be cool. It’s a good city. I enjoyed my time there.”
Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
GH: I will be looking for Zack on Wednesday on my commute and during my daily run. I suggest you do the same.
“It really is all about winning. It’s about being a good teammate, too, and all that stuff, but a lot of things get overshadowed when you have that type of talent. If we were winning, he would have a completely different attitude. … I think Zack’s grown up over the years, and I should say so have I.”
Billy Butler, on his public criticism of Greinke after he said he no longer wanted to be a Royal in 2010, Kansas City Star
GH: Winning is what it’s about. Greinke got that and Butler is now starting to understand. Players eventually get tired of watching other teams celebrate championships while they watch on television.
“Their coaches are really good. And I like the city. We still have a place there. [Wife] Emily loved it there. But I don’t know. It’s a tough question. I have more thoughts about it, but I can’t really say it out loud. The answer’s not ‘no’ or ‘yes,’ it’s just, ‘I don’t know yet.’ ”
Zack Greinke, when asked by Sam Mellinger last year about the chances of him returning to the Royals after this season, Kansas City Star
GH: The chances of Greinke returning to Kansas City are about the same as Nick Wright returning to 610 Sports. Not gonna happen.
“KC people: I’m gonna have a 1 hour podcast soon that you can listen to from 2-3 after Parko… And then I’d recommend @lazlothebuzz from 3-7.”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter
GH: Wright believes he can draw listeners from the show that replaced him on 610 Sports, The Big Show, and damage their ratings. Wright is under the same delusion that many on-air broadcasters suffer from – he thinks he is the reason people tune into his show. Wright has some fans but every one of them was cultivated because of 610 sports-talk format and its powerful AM signal. An Internet radio show originating in Houston directed toward KC fans sounds awful – as will its numbers – if it happens at all. I don’t see Wright’s new station in Houston allowing their new morning guy to host his own podcast as a vehicle to sling mud on his former station. Read on.
“they just needlessly fired carter and carm…”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, when asked why he is being so spiteful toward his former station, Twitter
“When you’ve got a three-man group, there’s nothing worse than three voices coming at you at the same time.”
Josh Vernier, lead host of 610 Sports’ new afternoon-drive The Big Show, 610 AM
GH: Vernier [pronounced VERN’-yer] must be a regular listener to The Border Patrol’s Listen or Lose segment on Friday mornings.
“There is Jayice Pearson on the Time Warner Cable hotline.”
Josh Vernier, as Pearson signed off via a phone call, 810 AM
GH: 610 Sports is presenting The Big Show as a three-man booth, but Pearson was on their inaugural show for all of about 10 minutes – and he called in on his cell phone. I expect Vernier to be the anchor host and for Jay Binkley to be in studio on most days. But Pearson is a football-only guy who really won’t add much to the show outside of pigskin season.
“I’m well aware of Nedley and his ways. … I’m only one game in and the guy has me pulling out what little hair I have left!”
Josh Vernier, on covering Yost when he managed the Brewers, 610 AM
GH: Vernier sounded like a professional sports talk host on day one. He wasn’t all that provocative or controversial but he sounded fairly comfortable guiding this new show and he did a good job of leaning on Binkley for his local and national knowledge. I think the show has a chance.
“Apparently, [Twitter’s] what Kansas City runs on. I’m just not a real look-at-me kind of guy. ‘Hey, here’s what I had for breakfast.’ So you won’t be getting any of those from me.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: Vernier might be the exact opposite of Nick Wright. In other words, he is far more Kietzman than frustrated rich kid smoking Black & Milds.
“This [bout between Pacquiao and Bradley] was a turd. I shouldn’t say that word. I’m sorry.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: So now the word “turd” is too naughty for KK? Maybe he should just discuss Missouri when he wants to wash his mouth out. Read on.
“There’s nobody in this [SEC] league that is going to look at Missouri and say, ‘Oh, oh. We’ve got Missouri this week. We’ve got to be on!’ ”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK was interviewing Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune while discussing MU’s new football conference. KK is not high on the Tigers’ chances in the SEC. Read on.
“If Alabama has their typical Alabama defense, Missouri could be exposed and absolutely look terrible against a defense like that.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Yeah, the same as every other college football team in the country. Alabama is pretty good. And this season MU fans get to see just how good when the Tide rolls into Columbia on October 13th. I don’t think the Tigers are that inferior to their new SEC brothers. I guess we’ll find out.
“I think some of the lesser schools in the SEC are going to look at Missouri as if they are one of them. Mississippi State is going to say, ‘Well, they’re kind of one of us. There’s one of the teams that we can beat.’ I think deep down that’s what they’ll think.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou clocked a good Arkansas team 38-7 in the 2008 Cotton Bowl. Missouri has beaten the Big 12’s best in Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, K-State and A&M in recent years. I think the Big 12 plays a pretty good brand of football. While the SEC’s top two teams are maybe better, I don’t see Mizzou football melting in the heat of the south.
“There’s more buzz about this Missouri [football] season than I have ever seen before.”
Dave Matter, columnist for the Columbia Tribune, 810 AM
GH: Matter listened to the comments from Kietzman and Clinkscale and never countered with an alternative view. Was he that happy to be on their show to promote his new book, The Mizzou Fan’s Survival Guide To The SEC?
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