OTC: Moose Is Still Loose In KC (And Lost As Ever) / Michael Sam Kiss Causes Petro & KK To Blush

“It’s time for the Royals to stop waiting on Mike Moustakas. Time to be realistic. Time to look more at four years and 1,614 plate appearances of what he’s done rather than scouting reports about what he might do. The Royals should send him to Omaha. … The Royals are past the point of being able to justify giving Moustakas regular plate appearances without at least trying a different way of getting him going.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Remember when Moose was in Omaha and we all pined for the day he and Eric Hosmer would reunite in Kansas City and lead a fearsome Royals offensive attack on MLB? The Royals have weathered epic struggles at the plate by Alex Gordon, Hosmer and Alcides Escobar and watched them eventually come around. The Royals have had no luck flipping Moose’s switch.

“I don’t think Sam Mellinger writes that piece unless that’s the direction they’re headed.” Soren Petro, on Mellinger’s column on Moustakas, 810 AM
GH: This sounded like an odd comment from Petro. I read Mellinger’s column early this morning and thought that Sam just decided it was time to declare Moose ready to be shipped down. Does Petro think Mellinger has some inside track as to what the Royals are thinking? Well, according to Ned Yost’s comments today on MLB radio, he does not.

“That’s unlikely right now. The thing we need to do more than anything else is we need to get him going. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish. He’s an extremely reliable third basemen for us. He plays great defense, he’s got great instincts defensively. He’s still leading our team in home runs. He’s a guy who can put some offense on the board for you. So you look at all your options and what we can do to get him going. It’s very unlikely that that will happen right now.”
Ned Yost, when asked about sending Moustakas down, in an interview today, MLB Network Radio
GH: The Royals are Moose frozen. They have painted themselves into a Moose igloo and they do not see any way out other than to continue down this path and hope somehow Moose becomes something he has never been in the bigs.

“(Moustakas) has tremendous potential and I will say that if I was on my way to my grave right now I’d still say that. But I think he’s really hard on himself. When I was there last year and he would not get a hit his first at bat, he was done.”
George Brett, in an interview with The Border Patrol Monday morning, 810 AM
GH: Moose appears to be another “dome” casualty of the Ned Yost era. For all the worrying Ned does about his players’ domes, there sure seems to be a lot of short circuits.

“I’ll tell you, nobody hit the ball harder during spring training on any team than Mike Moustakas. I think a lot of people in the Royals front office thought it is imperative for him, it is so important for him to get off to a fast start where he can get that confidence back. Unfortunately for him he did not. I think he’s pressing.”
George Brett, 810 AM
GH: I understand that professional athletes are under pressure but I do not understand how Moose is allowing this pressure to cripple him. He is already wealthy beyond most people’s imagination. He is playing baseball – a game most of us leave behind in high school. He should either enjoy the pressure the game presents or go get a real job where he might have to shave and bathe.

“As far as getting (Moustakas’) confidence back, I don’t think it can be done in Triple A. If you send him to Triple A and he performs and then you bring him back and he doesn’t (perform with the Royals), what do you do then?”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: You move on. But since Ned’s never been wrong…

butler“He’s that type of passionate guy, just like I am when I’m playing. It was one of those things where he was getting after me. And I reacted. It should never happen. If I have something to say, I should say it (in the clubhouse). That’s on me, that one. That can’t happen. I got caught up in the moment. Got a lot of adrenaline going.”
Billy Butler, on him and Royals’ first-base coach, Rusty Kuntz, getting into a verbal altercation in the ninth inning Saturday night in Seattle after Butler came close to being thrown out as he loped back to first base after taking a wide turn on a single down the third-base line, Kansas City Star
GH: Butler ticked me off when he went after Kuntz on the diamond Saturday night but his apology in The Star the next day was perfect. Well done, Billy.

“I think that was an over-the-top amount of emotion for the day. I think Michael Sam needs to tone it down a little bit. That’s my opinion.”
Soren Petro, on the video of Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, receiving the call from the Rams that he had been drafted, 810 AM
GH: An over-the-top amount of emotion? Why, because Sam cried? Because Sam kissed his lover? Maybe if Sam had dumped ten gallons of Gatorade on his head and then wildly doused everyone in the room with champagne, Petro would have deemed his reaction more appropriate.

“I have no problem with any of it. But I’m not going to lie. I’ve never seen that before.” Soren Petro, on Michael Sam and his boyfriend kissing on camera after Sam received the news he had been drafted by the Rams, 810 AM
GH: Guys kissing guys is kind of what gay guys do. Not unlike heterosexual draftees kissing their girlfriends. I am guessing there are a few other moves Sam and Vito could show Petro that might trip his “problem” meter.

“This year’s draft was not about football. Very quickly, with the steal of a kiss…all anybody is doing right now is consuming (the Michael Sam story) because you have no option. You have no choice as a normal functioning American right now than to be consumed by the Michael Sam story.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the media concentrating on covering Michael Sam being drafted as the first openly gay NFL player, 810 AM
GH: So I guess all you “normal functioning Americans” out there are screwed…but at least in the normal way.

“People will grow very tired of this (Michael Sam) story. They will.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Just who are these “people” that Kietzman believes will tire of this story? Listening to KK yesterday made me wonder what the sports talk show hosts of the 1950s and ‘60s would have been saying about blacks entering MLB or playing for the first time in the SEC. “People will grow very tired of this story. They will,” might be a good guess.

“How come you get to be who you are and I can’t be who I am?”
Kevin Kietzman, repeating a line from Modern Family’s Jay Pritchard to his gay son as he tried to explain his issues with his son marrying another man, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman said he felt this comment explained his attitude toward gay marriage. I agree. I just wish Kietzman understood what that says about who he is.

“There’s no commentary there (in my comments about the Michael Sam media coverage). I just thought it was too big and it’s to be expected.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM G
H: WHAT? There’s no commentary there??? I would offer there’s no tolerance there for different.

“Hate is not health and it’s taught. If you’re that upset about somebody living their truth, what’s that say about you?”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“I think (Sam) makes the (Rams’) roster. I definitely think he does.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Sam and his NFL future is very likely tied only to his talent and work ethic from here on. Can he make the Rams roster as almost the last player chosen in the draft? That task might be more difficult than being a gay guy in an NFL locker room.

“Dee (Ford) is one of the hardest working players on our team. He’s an impact player. He’s got a nose for the football. … I think he’ll be very comfortable in the 3-4. He understands football. He’s got a very high football IQ.”
Gus Malzahn, Auburn’s head coach, in an interview with The Border Patrol about the Chiefs top draft pick, 810 AM

“The question is whether or not Aaron Murray will ever be the Chiefs’ backup quarterback. That is likely what his celling will be as an NFL quarterback.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“Guys, I hope you appreciate this quarterback you have (in Murray). I think he’s going to make it pretty interesting for the Chiefs.”
Terry Shea, quarterback coach and mentor, in an interview with The Border Patrol, on how NFL ready he thinks the Chiefs’ fifth-round pick is compared to other quarterbacks he has worked with entering the draft, 810 AM

“(Aaron Murray) was much further along I would say than any quarterback I’ve had over the last six years.”
Terry Shea, quarterback coach and mentor, in an interview with The Border Patrol, on how NFL ready he thinks the Chiefs’ fifth-round pick is compared to other quarterbacks he has worked with entering the draft, 810 AM
GH: Listening to Shea discuss Murray today on The Border Patrol had me thinking the Chiefs just drafted the next Joe Montana. But how many fifth-round QBs become starters let alone stars in the NFL? Almost none. But Shea was damn convincing.

“It’s the most ridiculous stat I’ve ever heard. The Chiefs have not won a single game with a quarterback they’ve drafted since Todd Blackledge in 1983.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“The number-one thing I took coming out of this draft is that while a lot of people saw a safety as the Chiefs number-one need, well Dorsey and Andy Reid don’t see it that way. For everybody that counted safety as our biggest need, they do not see it that way, because they had opportunities to get safeties.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM

“It clearly was not a best-player-available draft, no matter what the Chiefs say. They drafted players they thought could help them win and I like that a lot.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I like the Chiefs draft as well. I don’t think they filled any immediate holes but they did get some sexy talent. I think they looked at their difficult 2014 schedule and decided to build for 2015 and beyond.

“I’m tired of getting our butts beat by the Europeans! They’ve had the upper hand here for far too long.”
Tom Watson, in an interview with Aaron Swarts, as he prepares to captain the Ryder Cup team this September 26-28, 810 AM
GH: I love the Ryder Cup and I love that Watson is once again its fiery captain. I wish I was good enough to take on Sergio myself.

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83 Responses to OTC: Moose Is Still Loose In KC (And Lost As Ever) / Michael Sam Kiss Causes Petro & KK To Blush

  1. FJH says:

    I want to know what Dick Butkis thinks.

  2. BlackJack says:

    So someone kissed someone on TV? Who the F cares. If it makes you uncomfortable or you are tired of seeing it, stop watching ESPN! There are about 300 other channels to watch.

  3. TB says:

    Tony Dungy is a big Aaron Murray fan, too. In March he tweeted, “Yes, I am a big Aaron Murray fan. I think he’s gonna be like Russell Wilson.”

  4. Sam says:

    Oh no, Soren got emails with people complaining about his Michael Sam queasiness? Poor guy. Maybe he should just not read his emails or shut down his account? I mean, if only everyone knew that the only manly mode of communication is over the telephone, like Soren knows. How dare people email him!?!

  5. Ptolemy says:

    Amazed that nobody’s pointed out that Sam was drafted BECAUSE he was openly gay and was likely done at the behest of the NFL to avoid embarrassment to their media partners at ESPN. Compare Sam’s season and Combine stats to Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas who wasn’t drafted and is not “openly gay.” This had nothing to do with football.

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