OTC: Ned Says “They” Need To Make Changes At The Plate / Gooey Petro Disses Rany For Being Too Fan-Like

“Our offensive problems aren’t mechanical. It’s mental preparation and discipline at the plate. … Until they make changes, we’re going to be in trouble.”
Ned Yost, after “they” scored one run in 18 innings Thursday and Friday, Royals Radio
GH: Whoa – the dreaded “they” word. This one if a biggie when the manager starts distancing himself from his players. This can easily be translated into meaning, “Hey, I’m doing all I can for these bozos. THEY need to start hitting the ball or we’re all going to be fired.” And if the Royals’ hitting problems aren’t mechanical, isn’t that Ned’s job to get their domes right? He is the Dome Gnome, right? I think I just came up with another idea for a Royals’ promotion night – a garden Dome Gnome in Ned’s likeness. 

“These guys are competitors. Sometimes they compete so hard they’re out there and they forget what they’re competing about!”
Ned Yost, during his Saturday pre-game interview with Ryan Lefebvre, discussing his team’s play, Royals Radio
GH: Sometimes Ned interviews so hard he doesn’t make a lick of sense. What does this even mean? Who competes so hard they lose sight that the goal is to win the game? Does Ned need to invite Herm Edwards in for a pregame chat? 

“You know what won the game for them (Friday night)? A bunt! A power hitter put a bunt down and that won the game for them.”
Ned Yost, on how the Orioles’ secured their 4-0 win with the aid of Nelson Cruz’s sacrifice bunt, Royals Radio
GH: Ohhhh, crap! Ned sees Cruz lay down a sac bunt and he gets wood. And I’m not talking about the kind of wood Moose’s game is missing. Bunting is for loooooosers! I want this as the next Royals’ T-Shirt Tuesday. 

“Well, it’s because he’s still a little bit hurt. His feelings are a little bit hurt. He’s learning how to deal with that at a young age.”
Rex Hudler, attempting to explain Moustakas’ “Vargy” interview last week, 610 AM
GH: If Hudler thought he did the light-hitting Royals’ third baseman a favor with this comment. He did not. 

“I think there’s a misconception out there that if you talk about (Moustakas) being sent down to the minors that you’re rooting against Mike Moustakas. I like Moustakas. I’m rooting for him. But the truth of the matter is since he had those two doubles he’s gone back to looking like he’s not a threat to even hit the ball hard. Just looking lost. Right now it seems that pitchers aren’t afraid to throw him hittable pitches.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Moose is maybe the most popular player at The K – (except maybe for Wind-Aided Alex Gordon). The only reason any of us care about Moose or any of these guys is because they wear our city’s laundry. We don’t start not liking guys until they leave. 

“I don’t think (Moose) is going to get above .200 before Hosmer gets five home runs.” Jake Gutierrez, 810 AM
GH: Moose is currently hitting .157 and Hosmer has one home run. Who would have thought this bet would be being discussed in mid-May of 2014? Okay, that’s an easy question. The answer is Royals fans who are above the age of eight. 

“If (the Royals) can get to 90 wins and don’t make the playoffs, I’m not calling this season a failure.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Okay, Mr. Brash & Bold. If this Royals team gets to 90 wins after starting 22-21, schedule a parade down the middle of I-435 at 5:00 PM on a Wednesday. 

“This is where you sound like a complete fan right now! You won’t acknowledge success! I know the hitting still sucks, we can get to that in a minute. Can we at least acknowledge that they have two top-of-the-rotation guys (in Duffy and Ventura) which we all agree that when we piss and moan and say, ‘Look at what Tampa’s doing. Look at what Oakland’s doing.’ We talk about the pitching they’ve developed. They wouldn’t have actually done that. Can’t we at least acknowledge that would be a success?”
Soren Petro, in his Monday conversation with Rany Jazayerli, where Jazayerli’s expectations for the Royals’ this season is more of a playoffs-or-bust mentality than Petro’s optimism about the Royals two top pitching prospects, 810 AM
GH: If you have not noticed, Petro doesn’t have a real high regard for fans. Which is just fine seeing as some fans don’t have a real high opinion of Petro’s daily screeching. For a guy who preaches about championships being the only thing that matters, Petro seems awfully soft on holding Dayton Moore accountable. It is year eight and his team has yet to finish even second in the ALC. 

“I think we agree more than we disagree. If the Royals win 82-83 games and miss the playoffs but Ventura and Duffy continues to pitch the way that they have, I’m certainly not advocating that because of the disappointment of not making the playoffs that Dayton Moore should be fired. I can acknowledge though that this season was a disappointment in the sense that this was supposed to be the year they made the playoffs didn’t happen. If they finish above .500, I don’t think I’ll be advocating for Dayton Moore to be fired.”
Rany Jazayerli, responding to Petro, 810 AM
GH: Moore’s job is to win. Period. Developing arms, assembling a great bullpen and having nice hair are all great. But what the hell have you won, Dayton? When the media gets gooey over a GM just doing some of his job, we have a problem in the media. Petro should be more fan-like then and a lot less gooey.  

“One of the great baseball writers in Kansas City, Lee Judge…”
Steve Physioc, during Sunday’s broadcast of the Orioles/Royals game, Fox Sports Kansas City
GH: This caused me to laugh heartily on Sunday afternoon. Physioc took the word “great” and just massacred it. Judge is everything that is wrong about baseball writers. He has little understanding of the game but he has a venue for an audience. Two things that no reader should be exposed to. 

“Because I was eating (chicken wings) like a caveman. You’ve got to go in at the joint and rip that out…”
Jake Gutierrez, when asked what caused some patrons of The Peanut to leave prematurely, 810 AM
GH: Wings at The Peanut are not your itty-bitty BWW variety wings. The Peanut’s wings are stork size and orange. Fred Flintstone would love ‘em. 

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36 Responses to OTC: Ned Says “They” Need To Make Changes At The Plate / Gooey Petro Disses Rany For Being Too Fan-Like

  1. Jim says:

    GH, looking forward to the game tonight with Scott pitching for the Sox. He’s been roughed up the last couple of starts, but I’m thinking facing the Royals offense my be pretty good medicine for those battle wounds. Perfect scenario would be for Scott to go 7 innings of scoreless ball and the Royals rough up their bullpen for the win.

    • mike t. says:

      ha… royals rough up a bullpen!? (well, ok, I guess it could happen…)

      • Jim says:

        Mike, maybe “touch-up” the bullpen would be more accurate. LOL Not sure they can rough up anyone.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Jim, I am heading out to The K tonight with a good friend. I will be rooting for both Liberty’s favorite son and the Royals I like your scenario as a solution to my dilemma.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m really looking forward to hearing Moustakas’ thoughts on the pitching performance of Vargas tonight.

  3. The Independent Rage says:

    I seem to recall that Lee Judge used to draw left-wing political cartoons in the Star before turning to sports writing. I might suggest that he go back to the day job, but I never found his cartoons to be overly creative or amusing, either. Maybe he could join Gutierrez down in the cave and at least learn how to eat well?

    • JHawkScott says:

      He political cartoons were worse, but that’s not saying much as his baseball writing is maddening. Especially his hard-on for Getz/against Gio.

      • Johnny Utah says:

        Lee Judge is the epitome of the KC Star: Tone-deaf inferior leftist nonsense with a rapidly shrinking audience

  4. JHawkScott says:

    I listened to Petro talk over Rany for like 5 minutes about how Rany wouldn’t at least acknowledge something positive and I just kept laughing because Petro wouldn’t take a breath to let him respond. What’s funny is they both were basically saying the same thing but Soren went all Ned/Dayton and tried to act like talking about something other than positives with the Royals was a sin. It was pretty weird because Petro has been on the other side of teams/stories trying to stop someone from sugar coating. I guess he just feels like he needs to be contrarian at all times. I usually like Petro, but I hated his rant today. . .he needs to channel Stephen Covey and “seek first to understand, then to be understood” 🙂

    • Mike says:

      Soren has a similar approach with Harlan too. Doesn’t get contrarian like he did with Rany, but he gets too damn wordy on his questions with Harlan. A lot of times he’s asked the question, but just keeps going until he’s asked the same thing roughly three times before Harlan can get a word in. Just ask it and shut, then have the conversation after his answer.

      • FJH says:

        Petro (and KK) don’t really ask questions, or care what the guest (or callers) have to say. They just want to pontificate their own opinions for the entire show.

    • Greg Hall says:

      As Soren told Caller Joe today as he cut him off — “My name’s still on the show.”

      • Mark says:

        Don’t leave out that Petro called out the fanbase for, in his opinion, weak attendance numbers. He even dropped an “I don’t know, maybe this team won’t be here in fifteen years” line for good measure.

        Funny how a guy who doesn’t have to pay for tickets and makes his livelihood on the team chastises the fanbase for not spending copious amounts of money on a disappointing team led by a pompous regime who’s on year eight of a rebuilding plan.

  5. geoknows says:

    I too laughed hysterically at Physioc’s description of Lee Judge. Lee Judge is not a baseball writwer. He’s a cartoonist with a blog.

  6. Old Man Kissel says:

    And this is why I laugh when people say, “610 should hire Petro to go against KK.”

    Petro got his butt kicked by KK TWICE. Petro knows he’s not that good. He’s had Mid-day for a reason.

    810 scoops 610 once again…

    • JHawkScott says:

      I’d love to see that head to head match up, KK, errr Old Man Kissel

      • Markus Aurelius says:

        Regardless of how you feel about KK why would anyone be rooting for an Entercom station to beat out a local station?

        I guess these are the people that also root for EnBev’s Bud Light to destroy Boulevard and Maxwell House to destroy the Roasterie.

        • Jared says:

          Not necessarily. Pull for the superior product. Boulevard (though not really locally owned any more) trounces Bud Light. Ditto Roasterie over Maxwell House. Sure, it’s nice to buy local, but in the end, people just want a good product. Ultimately, I don’t think many people would care who earned the advertising dollars as long as the show was great.

  7. Old Man Kissel says:

    You don’t agree with that I’m saying….of course I must be KK.

  8. b12 says:

    @OMK/KK. Is that on Petro’s performance review you and Chad do every quarter?

    It’s not too hard to counter program “smoke and fire” the racin boys, and every other dial changer you trot out in the afternoons. But…610 can’t get out of its own way.

    Entercom just can’t figure out that cookie cutter Philadelphia radio doesn’t work here.

    810 has a good run left in them. If 610 was going to make it happen, they would have by now.

    • Kyle R says:

      Clearly it is hard to topple 810, which is why they whip 610 in all three dayparts consistently, no matter who has been rolled out to try and beat The Border Patrol, The Program and Between the Lines.

  9. nick says:

    Josh Vernier said this morning, on 610, that he talked to someone inside the Royals organization who thinks that, if the Royals can be .500 in early June, then they’ll win the division. This non-named person thinks the Tigers are too old and will break down in the 2nd half.

    For that to happen, from this point on, the 2 teams’ records would need to be:

    Detroit: 65-58
    KC: 70-49

    Let me guess, the un-named source was Rex Hudler or Steve Physioc.

    • Jim says:

      To put that scenario in perspective, the Royals would have to play .588 ball from this point forward to go 70-49. Wanna guess when the last time the Royals played .588 (or better) ball for the season? 1980. Pretty deflating when you look at the reality of it, huh?

  10. Richard Cranium says:

    Hard for Gordo to have 1 homer when he hit 2 just yesterday.

  11. KV says:

    Here is the plot for the 2002 movie “They”

    After witnessing a horrific and traumatic event, Julia Lund, a graduate student in psychology, gradually comes to the realization that everything which scared her as a child could be real. And what’s worse, it might be coming back to get her…

    I don’t know why, but this seems awfully similar to how I would describe my experience as a Royals fan and watching their offense.

  12. red says:

    Rany is the worst. I turn it once he comes on. I used to enjoy his blog, but I eventually realized that he is simply some dentist who likes to second guess everything his team does. He knows nothing more than any other fan about the sport other than how to call stats by names that make them sound arcane.

  13. Joe Blow says:

    GH: Whoa – the dreaded “they” word. This one if a biggie when the manager starts distancing himself from his players.

    Aren’t the players the ones that have to play?

    If the Royals win 82-83 games and miss the playoffs but Ventura and Duffy continues to pitch the way that they have, I’m certainly not advocating that because of the disappointment of not making the playoffs that Dayton Moore should be fired. I can acknowledge though that this season was a disappointment in the sense that this was supposed to be the year they made the playoffs didn’t happen. If they finish above .500, I don’t think I’ll be advocating for Dayton Moore to be fired.”
    Rany Jazayerli, responding to Petro, 810 AM

    Bullshit. Rany is exactly one of the people that spends all of his writing complaining about everything Royals. This is what Dayton was talking about — they have Gold Glove winners or capable players at five positions at least, they have quality starters, a great bullpen. I mean, the hitting should be there, and that’s kind of what they’re waiting on. But Rany is the type of person that ignores all of the good and has decided this year is playoffs or bust, and would complain if they won 100 games and somehow missed out on the playoffs, and would absolutely be advocating for Dayton to be fired.

    GH: This caused me to laugh heartily on Sunday afternoon. Physioc took the word “great” and just massacred it. Judge is everything that is wrong about baseball writers. He has little understanding of the game but he has a venue for an audience. Two things that no reader should be exposed to.

    This coming from someone that obviously has very little understanding of the game. Judge’s column is one of the most unique columns out there — he admits he’s not a baseball expert, but he tells you how the game is actually played through the words of the people that actually play it at the highest level. I think a lot of people seem to either have a bias against him personally, or don’t actually seem to understand the subtleties of what happens during a baseball game..

    • Bob says:

      Joe Blow, you are too much. A defender of Dayton Moore and Lee Judge…

      Did you get Jason Kendall to sign your copy of Judge’s book? Maybe he blew a line of Adderall off of it?

      Rany has never called for Dayton to be fired. I think he’s being/has been too timid on that front. Your comment that he’d want Dayton fired after a one hundred win season, on top of your other blathering, is comical.

      • Joe Blow says:

        You’re right. I mean, between Mellinger and Rany, they only kind of invented the idea that 2014 was playoffs or bust since the Royals acquired James Shields. I mean, sure, Wil Myers, with his .243 BA and OPS+ of 92 would obviously be helping the team, and Jake Odorizzi with his ERA of 4.89 and ERA+ of 80 would be lighting up the K. And all of their writing has insisted the Royals HAVE to make the playoffs this year. But now, of course, Rany’s backtracking and saying if they just finish above .500, but some of the young pitchers do well, then he would never call for Dayton’s job. Greg says Lee Judge knows nothing about baseball, then continually quotes Rany..

  14. Phaedrus says:

    The thing I love about Rany and all the other guys that use the new fangled stats (xFIP, etc) is that it seems to ruin their ability to just enjoy the game. I read a comment somewhere (Royals Review, I think), that was bitching about Danny Duffy’s start the other night. Apparently, since Danny only struck out 1 or 2 batters, it means that his xFIP+/-! was 4.5 or something, which means he is going to regress so we really shouldn’t get too excited about that start.

    I imagine if the Royals win the World Series, Rany (or Posnanski or some other seamhead) will say that the Royals really should have only won 81.5 games based on their Darwin +/- Pythagorem squared projection. Therefore, we shouldn’t celebrate too much because the Royals were just lucky and chances are they will only win 74.63 games next year.

    • Say What? says:

      So you’re upset that they are saying Duffy won’t be perfect through 6+ innings in his next start or is it because they have a stat that tries to predict it?

  15. nick says:

    I can see how Rany angers some Royals fans, but I like that he’s out there. He balances out the extreme optimism that comes from the organization.

    It’s Moore’s job to be glass half full. Same with Yost. But they both have a “we know what we’re doing so all of you fans be patient and sit back and watch the magic happen” attitude that’s quite annoying. On top of that, those of us watching on TV are force-fed Physioc and Hudler who are all rainbows and good-golly-gees. We’re lectured in ads about what it means to Be Royal.

    All that stuff would be fine and dandy if the Royals were a yearly contending, winning team. But they’re not, so all of positivity and confidence and cockiness comes off as comical.

    Watching Dyson getting picked off at 2nd last night, down 1 run, with zero outs, in the 9th inning, with Hoz & Butler coming up, is CLASSIC loser Royals.

    Why did Dyson get picked off? Did Ned want him to steal? If so, Ned’s a moron and should be fired. If not, Dyson’s a moron. Which is it? That out cannot happen in the major leagues.

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