OTC: Opening Day Of The Royals’ Future / Nick Wright Goes Bobby Petrino On KK’s Past

Ned Yost“This is the team Kansas City has been waiting on for a generation, really, but more specifically for the six years since Dayton Moore became general manager and talked about building baseball’s best farm system and winning games with homegrown players and eventually putting a parade through the Plaza.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: We have heard the names Hosmer, Moustakas, Duffy, etc. for years. We dreamed about their arrival. Opening Day is here as are they. It is our time? Better question – is it their time?

“This is the group that will re-energize the passion of what was once one of America’s great baseball towns or it is the group that will have failed with the kinds of resources and talent
we haven’t seen locally in two decades.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Gulp. There isn’t much gray area here for these youngsters to tread. Win some division titles and get the Royals back into the postseason or consider your careers a failure. Play ball.

“I just want to get opening day by us so we can get about our business. Once it’s over, everybody’s glad. You can just start going about your day-to-day business.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: Yost sounded like the demands on him and his team on opening day were almost insufferable. I’m glad Yost is comfortable enough to honestly tell the media how much he deplores what is the hometown team’s favorite day of the season – but why the need to be such a curmudgeon?  His comments were not well received on Twitter. Read on.

“Ned Yost = Oscar the Grouch. Dude hates opening day, might as well be Communist.”
Giancarlo Salazar, @KansasCityJSal, Twitter

“Along with not liking opening day, Ned Yost also hates finding money, free beer & puppy dogs.”
Craig Brenner, @craig_a_brenner, Twitter

“[Yost] doesn’t let all the ancillary things that fans enjoy affect him. And I guess that’s kind of how you have to be. He really doesn’t have time for that stuff and in one way I can’t blame him.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I can blame him. The guy is a freaking baseball manager! Somebody hand Ned a wrench and tell him he’s changing oil at Jiffy Lube today instead of getting his hind end kissed by media schlubs like Fescoe. Yost can’t wait to put the “pressures” of opening
day behind him so he can sit on his rear for 155 more game and look interested.

“I’m always excited about opening day – but more so this year. It’s special to be around these guys. They played well [during spring training] and they really like each other. It’s like a playoff atmosphere in the stadium on opening day.”
George Brett, 810 AM
GH: Whether Brett means what he says or not, he at least understands the importance of opening day in Kansas City. Royals’ fans haven’t had much to cheer about the last 25 years. Opening day has been one of our few good days. Somebody tell Nervous Ned.

“Horace Washington [will sing the national anthem]. He is actually a fantastic jazz musician here in Kansas City. We’re actually going to hear a different rendition of the national anthem.”
Toby Cook, 610 AM
GH: How many more “different” renditions of the anthem are there that we haven’t heard? 

“If you’re going to be out at the game a little early [Friday], I’ll just give you a little clue – look for an airplane in the sky. 810 is going to have a little banner in the sky. We
think it’s kind of cute, kind of clever, it’s kind of fun. I think you’ll get a kick out of it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman was coy about what 810’s banner will have to say or what it will address but typically these things are directed at the competition. I feel safe to say the plane’s banner will not be nearly as inflammatory as Nick Wright’s Thursday afternoon comments concerning Kietzman and his well-known past indiscretions. Read on.

“There are a lot of people right now who do the exact same thing who are mocking Bobby Petrino. I debated whether or not I was going to go here…”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright did not debate long. He dove in with both feet and KK’s primary appendage. Read on.

“Yesterday, I’m driving in my car and got the day off so I said, ‘Let me just check out what the competition is talking about today. Let’s see what my old pal Kietz is talking about.’ And in one of the most awfulest, uncomfortable, intentionally or unintentionally ironic
situations maybe ever, my pal across the dial is talking about how embarrassing it must be for Bobby Petrino because he was caught by the cops cheating on his wife with a younger co-worker.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Longtime Kansa City sports talk radio listeners had no trouble following Wright’s storyline. I am sure thought that there are a number of listeners who turned up their dial to listen to this tale for the first time. Wright did not disappoint the old or the new.

“It is a long-held belief that Kevin Kietzman was caught by the cops in a precarious sexual position with a lady he was not married to who worked for him, it is somewhat awkward when then that same person talks about the cops catching Bobby Petrino with a women
he’s not married to in a somewhat awkward position.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: If Bobby and his date were reenacting the same “awkward position” that was allegedly performed in KK’s vehicle, I would expect his mistress to be the one wearing the neck brace.

“Shouldn’t you have a little bit of self-awareness? If it’s relatively well documented that in your own personal history you had an issue with a co-worker while married and the police
and a sexual relationship? Shouldn’t you just maybe punt on the Bobby Petrino story?”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: More than a decade has passed since KK’s Mission Hills maneuver. While his memory of the event may have faded, Wright, who would have been at Barstow High at that time, seems to be well versed in the details.

“If it was relatively well known that the lady you’re currently married to was at one point your subordinate, and at one point you may or may not have been caught engaging in some activity while married by the police, maybe you don’t discuss the time when the sports guy gets caught by the police with a subordinate. I was listening and thinking
that the guy’s been successful for a long time and maybe this is why. A complete tone-deafness to what’s going on around him. Maybe that’s the skill that I need.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I just love the reaction on the text line. Some people just love you and think this is the greatest show in the history of KC radio and others are saying you’re better than this.”
Mark Carman, on the listeners’ reactions to Wright discussing Kietzman’s “boldness,” 610 AM

“No, I’m not better than this. My only job is to entertain and/or inform. I feel like this is a little entertainment.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I don’t think I’m ever going to be caught in that situation. Most of the interns here are 22-year-old guys.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Cannot wait to see what that 810 banner has to say flying above The K today.

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59 Responses to OTC: Opening Day Of The Royals’ Future / Nick Wright Goes Bobby Petrino On KK’s Past

  1. john doe says:

    Can the media please stop with the Eric Hosmer = George Brett stories please?

    He hasn’t even played a full fucking season yet, and we are already comparing him to the greatest player we will ever have? Ridiculous.

    First it was Johnny Damon, then Alex Gordon, now Eric Hosmer. How about we shut the fuck up until a player actually earns the accolades?

  2. Rick says:

    Disappointed Greg that you haven’t commented. You yourself have wrote it was a false story. And that was after your falling out with KK.

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