“It is what it is and it’s what it’s going to be. Everybody can formulate their own opinions. That’s what’s great about this world that we live in.”
Mike Moustakas, when asked by Josh Vernier to explain the reasoning for why he chose to repeatedly talk about “Vargy’s” pitching rather than answer questions about his hitting, 610 AM
GH: Moustakas was not in any mood to offer any apologies for his post-game interview and Vernier’s cuddly questions sure didn’t do any but maybe get the Royals’ third baseman to like him. Read on.
“(Mike Moustakas) certainly didn’t handle it in a perfect way, that’s for sure. … I thought his answers to Andy McCullough (of The Star) and Dick Kaegel (of MLB.com) in a private setting were very professional and right on if you had a chance to read those articles.” Dayton Moore, in an interview Thursday with Soren Petro, discussing Mike Moustakas’ controversial post-game interview after his big day against the Rockies on Wednesday, 810 AM
GH: Moore was apparently in damage-control mode Thursday as he made live appearances on Petro’s midday show and also was a guest on Jay Binkley’s and Henry Lake’s show on 610 AM. It made sense for Moore to squash this mess and get the sports talk shows to move on. Kevin Kietzman’s show was not on Moore’s radar and KK and Clinkscale seemed to take offense that they were slighted. Read on.
“For some reason they are still scared of The Star! I can’t imagine that one tenth of the people would read Andy McCullough’s story in The Star today than would have 20 years ago! Just to let you know how misguided they are…it’s insane what the Royals are trying to do with this!”
Kevin Kietzman, after replaying some of Moore’s comments from his interview with Petro, 810 AM
GH: KK made it sound like McCullough and Kaegel were given preferential treatment by Moose because they work for The Kansas City Star and MLB.com. It may just have been that those two reporters were able to hang around longer than the radio and TV media who had more pressing deadlines. What Kietzman sees as the Royals’ disdain for the electronic media might just be a simple issue of timing.
“First of all they used Andy McCullough who’s new on the (Royals’) beat. And basically they said, ‘Can you clean up this mess a little bit?’ I thought some of the stuff in (McCullough’s article) was flat inaccurate. They know they’ve got a new guy there. They were using that! They were USING that!”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: 24 hours later Clink was still pissed off that Moose played with him in the post-game interview. Why the heck does Danny care so much if a 25-year-old Royals’ player who is hitting 40 points under the Mendoza line wants to give him a bland comment about getting two hits? What Moose did was give Clink, Kevin and the rest of the KC media a story to tell and talk about for days.
“(The Royals) talk bad about their radio partners behind their back. I know they talk bad about me behind my back.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman drops these little bombs from time to time that are tied to nothing more than his spite. It’s likely a given that everybody talks bad about everybody behind their back. Except maybe Jay Z and his crazy elevator family who apparently have no problem with frontal confrontation.
“No I didn’t.”
Rex Hudler, in his weekly appearance on Danny Parkins’ and Carrington Harrison’s show, when asked by Danny Parkins if he heard Moustakas’ post-game interview after the Royals sweep of the Rockies, 610 AM
GH: So Hudler works for the Royals and he somehow missed this story, even a day later? I believe him. I think Hudler is that clueless.
“Look, Moose is not the problem! Now his batting average might be. They need him to win. … My question is why is the heat on Moose?”
Rex Hudler, 610 AM GH: Hudler’s not the problem. Now what he says might be.
“I really believe in these guys. They are going to build themselves up and challenge the Tigers in the AL Central.”
Rex Hudler, 610 AM
GH: I sure hope Hudler is correct. Watching the Royals’ outstanding pitching get beat again this year is almost criminal. This staff deserves a chance to pitch in the playoffs.
“(Yordano Ventura) makes good big-league hitters look bad – and you don’t see that a whole lot.”
Brian McRae, after Ventura held the Orioles to two runs and struck out nine and walked only one in seven innings but was the losing pitcher in the Royals’ 2-1 loss Thursday night, 810 AM
GH: McRae said the Royals’ rookie pitcher reminds him of “a young Pedro Martinez.”
“I don’t ever recall Billy Butler taking so many wild swings at strikes and missing.”
Ryan Lefebvre, after Butler struck out in his first at bat Thursday night against the Orioles’ Chen, Royals Radio
GH: Denny Matthews agreed with Lefebvre and added that he remembers Butler having a much more “controlled” swing when he was fashioning his career .300 average. Billy Butler continues to not look like Billy Butler. If he was a pitcher they would find a reason to put him on the DL and find out what the heck happened to his talent.
“I think this team is going to be inconsistently inconsistent (all season). … But 84 wins may get you in the hunt (for the wild card)”
Brian McRae, 810 AM
“The business that we’re in is in results and entertainment. And I think those two things should walk hand-in-hand together. When the guys step inside the white lines, they need to come and leave everything on the field. Whether we win or lose (the fans) know that those guys are giving the effort they’re supposed to. And when you’re not, people are going to stop coming. That’s something that’s not going to happen with this team.”
Peter Vermes, in an interview with Josh Klingler and Johnny Kane, head coach of Sporting Kansas City, discussing why he is so public at times with criticism for his team’s play, 610 AM
GH: I absolutely LOVE how Sporting Kansas City approaches failure. They attack it. They don’t refuse to answer questions or play games or act like everything is fine – they look you in the eye and tell you that you should expect more because they refuse to tolerate less.
“I do believe (the 2-1 home loss to Philadelphia) is a one-off, but I actually don’t like it and it’s something we’re not going to stand for and something that we’re going to rectify very quickly.”
Peter Vermes, 610 AM GH: Dayton Moore could use a week sitting at the knee of the folks in the SKC front office to learn how it’s done.
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