“He’s the best pitcher in the game and right now it’s not even close.”
Henry Lake, on Clayton Kershaw’s dominating performance at The K Tuesday night in the Dodgers 2-0 victory over the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Even from my seat in Row SS of Section 421 at The K last night, Kershaw was ridiculously good. That lone run Duffy gave up in the first looked like 10 as the game wore on and Kershaw’s dominance drained almost all hope from the Royals fans who made up most of the 28,000 fans at The K on a pleasant Tuesday night. The Royals didn’t score and dropped their fifth game of their last six, falling three games back of the surging Detroit Tigers. Despite all that, it was a great night for MLB in Kansas City – a town I have called home now for almost 30 years. I sat in a great stadium and watched one of the game’s greatest pitchers battle Danny Duffy, a rising Royals star. You know what? It sure beats living in Wichita.
Headline in Wednesday’s Kansas City Star’s Sports Daily
GH: Perfect. Unfortunately, it could be recucled as The Star’s headline for Thursday’s front page when they announce KC has lost out on hostng the Republican National Convention.
“That was a helluva building-block performance for Danny Duffy. I’m impressed. I’m not ready to call Danny Duffy a great pitcher yet because he’s not there yet but…there’s a good reason to get excited.”
Soren Petro, on Duffy’s seven-inning outing against the Dodgers Tuesday night, 810 AM GH: Duffy is quietly having one of the best comeback seasons I can remember for a Royals player – and he’s performed this impressive turnaround in the span of three months! It wasn’t long ago that the lefty was wandering around minor-league towns looking for the nearest Wal-Mart to frequent and we were wondering if he was too wild for prime time. Not anymore.
“Thank you so much for all the support while I was on the DL. I am excited to get back on the field and help the Royals win in any way I can.”
Bruce Chen, @ChenMusic, Royals lefthander, Twitter
GH: Chen is probably my favorite personality on the Royals. I have no idea how he remains in the big leagues with his limited talent but I love how the guy somehow finds a way to get hitters out with little more than a sense of humor. Maybe he will help the Royals play some chin music into October.
“If you look through the years, (Alex) Gordon is a shade under halfway through one of the best seasons in Royals history. I know not everyone is comfortable talking WAR, it’s a bulky, complicated calculation but it does a fairly good job of adding together all the ways a player can help his team — getting on base, hitting for power, playing defense^, running the bases, just about everything.”
Sam Mellinger, kansascity.com
GH: As Kevin Kietzman would say… “Wind-aided.”
“Fescoe ignore stupidity your not a troll! Jealousy because you have the most respected voice in all KC sports radio!”
Bruce Lynch, @Lynchio32, Twitter
GH: Bob Fescoe retweeted this listener’s complimentary tweet to him Wednesday morning. I know we all have different tastes and even Fescoe has those who find him entertaining. But the most respected voice in all KC sports radio? I’m not sure Fescoe is the most respected voice in his car.
Bob Fescoe: “Spector, tell them what we’re going to do on Friday!”
Steven Spector: “We’re going to do a scavenger hunt!”
“This might be the best draft we’re going to see from top to bottom in a long time.”
Will Perdue, former NBA player, in an interview Wednesday with Soren Petro, 810 AM GH: The NBA draft goes down Thursday night. Kansas will send two true freshmen off on their chosen professions. Higher education is a wonderful thing if you chose the right major.
“If you wanted to draft Embiid before he broke his foot, I don’t see why you wouldn’t draft him now. He was always high risk, high reward.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: Draft him. The guy is going to be a Hall of Fame player for the next decade. Maybe two.
“Hell, I think (Embiid) might be more skilled than Andrew Wiggins right now and he’s only been playing the game for three years!”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
“I didn’t see the killer instinct in Wiggins you like to see. But the NBA has been his focus since the age of 12 or 13 years old. Maybe we’ll see him flip that switch.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
“Good luck to former Tigers Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson in the NBA Draft. Would have been fun coaching you guys!”
Kim Anderson, @CoachAndersonMU, Twitter
GH: Classy tweet from Coach Kim. I think we are going to like this guy. I just hope he’s not the next Doc Sadler.
“They don’t even try to disguise how they want to slow down the Royals running game here in Detroit. You could see that area around first base after they watered it, everything else was a dark brown but that area around first base was almost white.”
Ryan Lefebvre, Royals Radio
“I’m not going to mention any names, but there are some rumblings and grumblings about some people who aren’t there (at Chiefs OTAs). But the guys who are here are busting their butt and working hard.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: I love athletes who bust their butt. But you win with guys who refuse to play for less than they are worth. This is not Justin Houston’s problem. This is the Chiefs’ problem. They need to pay him.
“It’s a step. I can’t lie. It means a lot to me working with the first group in all of the situations. … That’s very important to me to be known as more than just a pass-rusher. I want to be a guy that my teammates can count on, on every play.”
Dee Ford, Chiefs first-round draft pick, on playing with the first-team defense at OTAs, ESPN.com
GH: Ford got some reps with the first team at the expense of Justin Houston and his absence during his holdout. That’s probably not a bad thing.
“Let’s be honest here. This (Chiefs) secondary group heading into training camp is not solid at all! They’ve got some decisions to make on who is going to be that second primary corner. … (Chiefs receivers) had a field day today with Ron Parker and Marcus Cooper.” TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Brandon Flowers is gone and Sean Smith has been benched. The Chiefs secondary needs more attention than a newborn – because it appears to be just as leaky.
“Remember what got you in the position you wanna be. Never take it for granted.” Dontari Poe, @PoeMans_dream, Twitter
“fasho, you learning young fella. My motto bro.”
Derrick Johnson, @superdj56, responding to Poe’s tweet, Twitter
GH: You have to like that these two studs will be again anchoring the Chiefs’ defense. Taking things for granted is never a good plan. Like your A/C unit in July, you will miss it dearly when it’s gone.
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