OTC: KK Thinks Brett Sounds Like Royals New Manager / GH Thinks KK Sounds Like KK

“If you haven’t heard (George Brett’s press conference) you need to go listen to the podcast on our website. It is amazing! George Brett sounded like he is the manager! … How in the world is Ned Yost going to take what I just heard today?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: You can hear Brett’s press conference with the Kansas City media by clicking here. Judge for yourself if George Brett sounded like he was usurping the role of the Royals’ managerial job from Ned Yost. I didn’t hear any of that from Brett – but it would not be the first time KK and I listened to the same audio and came away with polar-opposite opinions. Read on.

“George Brett already taking credit for the better effort on this team and (he said) that ‘he’s 2-2.’ It will be interesting to see how the other coaches and Ned Yost take this.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman enjoys reading more into a storyline than actually exists – at least that’s my opinion of his work. He does call his show “Between the Lines” after all. But there is a difference between uncovering hidden truths and uncovering a pile of manure. Read on.

“It already is. I think the writing is on the wall. Ned Yost is not going to be the manager of this team a whole lot longer.”
Les Norman, former teammate of Brett’s, when asked by Kevin Kietzman if this is becoming George Brett’s team, 810 AM
GH: It’s not like KK doesn’t have enough yes-men inside his studio during the hours of 2-6 PM – so why subject the audience to the walking, talking, nodding, live bobblehead that is Les Norman? Kietzman and Norman might be right and the Royals will announce Brett as the new manager – but this situation looks completely different to me. Brett sounded like he was scared, clueless and completely unsure what to do in his new role as the hitting coach. He sounded more to me like a guy who was questioning his decision to take on this task and very glad he’s got a 30-day-out clause.

“George Brett doesn’t know if this will work. He might be terrible. Might be wasting his time. Might be making a bad situation for the franchise he adores even worse. That part freaks him out. Scares him to the bones. In an honest moment, he’ll tell you he’s not sure how to do this new job.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger witnessed the same George Brett news conference that I did. I’m not sure what KK was listening to.

“I just don’t think there is any long-term deal here as far as (Brett) being the hitting coach or being involved in the front office. It’s just my theory of knowing the guy and knowing that type of person.”
Brian McRae, while talking to Danny Clinkscale Tuesday night, 810 AM
GH: McRae would make a much better debate partner for KK than Les Norman. Not only does he have a differing opinion, he’s not Les Norman.

“I don’t think George Brett is a yes man. … If you’re Leslie Brett and you’re sitting there at the dinner table and you ask George Brett, ‘What do you think of David Glass as an owner?’ There’s no way you’re going to say you think he’s great.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Where else but on KK’s Between the Lines are you going to get exclusive made-up dinner table conversations between George and Leslie Brett?

“George Brett’s not a hitting coach to me, he’s a confidence coach.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: One thing I have always considered to be an essential partner to confidence – success. These Royals’ players have experienced so little in the big leagues that confidence is a rare commodity in that dugout – and you can add Ned Yost and Dayton Moore to that list.

“If they truly are playing harder (now that Brett’s the hitting coach), that’s a terrible indictment on Ned Yost. That’s the worst thing you can say about Ned Yost!”
Kevin Kietzman, after Brett stated he’s noticed a better effort by the team, 810 AM
GH: I think one of the worst think you can say about Yost is that he’s managed to put together back-to-back seasons with a 10- and an 11-game losing streak at home. Both accomplished in years where the club was supposed to be serious about competing for the first time in a long time. How do you lose 10 and 11 games at home every season? Just mind-numbing stuff.

“In a year that was supposed to be different the #royals have set a franchise record for consecutive losses at home with 11.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: The Boys in Blue go after number 12 tonight against the Twins. How do Yost and Dayton Moore survive the week? And this is our brain trust for the MLB draft starting on Thursday???

“Unfortunately, I think Step One (to fix the Royals) is to admit 2013 is over. Demote Hosmer and Moose. Trade Santana. Blow it up. Look to 2015. Which is to say, I don’t think anything gets accomplished unless and until a new front office is put in place.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: Man, was I wrong back in May about this Royals team. I was Ned wrong. It’s not “here we go again.” It’s “here we are again.”

“This is a great baseball town that loves its team and has its heart broken every year. Perfect for talk radio.”
Ernie Webb, @Ernie_Webb_3, Twitter
GH: Well, I guess we at least got that going for us…

“I told him, ‘I can play any day this week but I gotta play at 9:00 (AM). I can’t play at 1:00 because I gotta go to work!’ So I’m making some sacrifices.”
George Brett, repeating a conversation he had with a friend at his golf club about scheduling a match, 810 AM
GH: There are few things more humorous to me than the world viewed through the mind of a ball player.

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About Greg Hall

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17 Responses to OTC: KK Thinks Brett Sounds Like Royals New Manager / GH Thinks KK Sounds Like KK

  1. The Smartman says:

    I haven’t noticed a better effort. Game last night sucked donkey dicks and then some in the effort department. If you can download the Brett presser into your audio player, listen to it backwards. Sounds like Brett is saying, “Kevin Keitzman is a douchebag that will probably spin my comments and say that I’ going to be the new manager”.

  2. JP says:

    KK was even funnier today. He said that he knows that Brett wants Neal Patterson at Cerner to be the Owner, and that Patterson would be a better Owner than Glass. Then again, a tree stump would be a better Owner than Glass. Besides that point, KK wants us to live in his dream world. He might as well tell Cotty that there will be Cooking segments a week, if this is the type of dreamgirl analysis he is going to provide.

    • Tigerpiper says:

      The boys in blue would definitely be better with a spicy rub.

    • Mike says:

      Again?! He did that stunt last week too. One issue: no one has ever gone on record to say they want to buy the R’s.

  3. Tigerpiper says:

    The reek of desperation from the K might blow all the way downtown. “Appoint HOF former player” as coach (manager in waiting)” has to be the last card in Moore’s deck.

  4. Gavin says:

    Greg, it was only a couple, three weeks ago when I checked y our pulse to verify if you were still all-in. You assured me you were all-in through October. Please don’t make me dig back through my Twitter feed to find it. But now you seem to be giving up. What gives?

    • Greg Hall says:

      I have had an inkling from your regular tweets to me on the status of my “all in” statement that you misinterpret the phrase — or at least my meaning. All in doesn’t mean “all stupid” when it comes to rooting on the home team. It means wanting desperately for that team to win — and hanging in there game after game after game hoping the winning happens.

      I’m not going anywhere. I listen, watch and follow the Royals just as I have for all these many years and I’ll continue to do so — despite my fading confidence. (Unlike Moose, I have lost that.) I cheer what they do well and piss and moan when they appear inept. That’s what a good fan does. That’s all in.

      • Gavin says:

        Oh. Well, shit. Then I’m all-in. All this time I figured “all-in” meant you were putting your heart on the line as a fan and that you were going to do more than simply cheer for them to win. You were going to emotionally invest in the BELIEF that they were going to win. I think “all-in” means that you not only want them to win and dislike it when they lose (who doesn’t feel that way?) but that you were going beyond that and giving yourself enough to get hurt of they stuck up the joint.

        THAT is what all-in means. Or at least it should.

        • Barles james says:

          Good lord gavin, switch to decaf man!

          • Gavin says:

            Ahh, you;re probably right Barles. I’m just pretty damn sick of this. Sick of the Royals losing, sick of them telling me I need to be patient and sick waiting for an opportunity to make an emotional investment in this lost franchise.

          • Barles james says:

            I hear you. I should stop watching. It’s just too early for football season.

  5. PV_Pathfinder says:

    Would be a fun ride if Brett did actually get the manager gig and then turned around and rehired Seitzer as hitting coach. But I think the only way GB gets the job is if Dayton is gone and Glass hires an unqualified/untested GM who is looking to butter up the home crowd the first season.

  6. Old Man Kissel says:

    Wow, KK was on fire with his takes recently. I can’t wait to hear what he says next.

    810 scoops 610 once again.

  7. John Giardino says:

    KC Royals = Bizzaro Cardinals. Every mistake we make is mirrored by an amazingly brilliant move by the Cardinals.

  8. Ultimate Dude says:

    Agree with Greg, Mellinger and Brian McRae. Have had those same thoughts since George was announced as co-hitting coach. Kietz lives in a world where he wants for something to happen so bad and happen his way, that he’ll use his show and anyone willing to agree with him to push the agenda and try to give it traction. Can’t think of one time its worked in his “on an amazing professional role” of a career. KK wants the Cerner crew to buy the Royals and build a park downtown or at Legends near the Speedway. He is desperate for this to happen. Anything to get the Royals closer to, or across the state line into ks. He doesn’t fully understand the clauses and deals Jackson County MO has, and what it would take to move the team from JackCo. He just enjoys spending other people’s money through subliminal messeges.

    • Joe says:

      I don’t usually agree with you – in this case, you are absolutely correct. This is Keitzman’s M.O.

    • Gavin says:

      It’s as if someone has hijacked Ultimate Dude’s computer, because I can’t find a thing he writes here with which to disagree. In Kietzman’s world, the Cerner guys have a giant spaceship and they can float down above Kauffman and pick up the Royals and move them over to Kansas City. In this spaceship are a cadre of the best lawyers to ever roam the planet and these lawyers can break an unbreakable lease that ties the team to the stadium and Jackson County for decades and this spaceship is so enormous that it already has a prefabricated stadium inside of it and all it needs to do is be set down on a large piece of flat ground in downtown or somewhere in WyCo or JoCo and the Cerner guys would do all of this not only for free, but likely at a profit to the Kansas City area taxpayer. In this spaceship is the alternate reality where George Bret says what he really thinks about David Glass and t here is a Chiefs’ GM who will draft every player Kietzman says to draft.

      I doubt I say this again for quite awhile (but you never know) but well done Ultimate Dude. Without any sarcasm or irony, you nailed this one.