“Sal Perez (not tagging up) was a play that father’s at 3&2 (little league baseball) would have lost their minds! It’s (reminiscent of) the most bush-league 2004 Royals. And if that doesn’t define the word choke I don’t know what does. What is that if it isn’t a choke? They better pull their heads out! I’m disgusted but I expected this team to play like a real playoff team. They are playing bush-league not-even-interleague-squad baseball. Somebody better wake this team up! … I hope we get treated to some real baseball this final week.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro has been playing kissy face with Ned Yost and the Royals for most of this pennant race. He has been quick to smack down those who would criticize Yost or the progress the franchise has made this season. This is pretty much the same approach Kevin Kietzman has parlayed, calling Yost the best manager the Royals have employed the last 20 years. All that changed for Petro with this past weekend’s series with the Tigers. The Royals looked like anything but a pennant contender and Petro sounded like the rest of us. Read on.
“But to state the obvious: yes, what (Sal) Perez did was inexcusable. It was an incredibly stupid mental error, and it probably cost the Royals a two-game swing in the standings, likely the AL Central title, and possible a playoff spot entirely.”
Rany Jazayerli, ranyontheroyals.com
“Yes, it looks like the umpires did not follow the rulebook correctly in allowing the use of replay to determine whether Salvador Perez tagged at third base or not. But I can’t get that worked up about it, because my position on the use of instant replay has always been simple: get the call right. That’s it. Get it right. Major League Baseball is still fumbling its way through the procedural aspects of this, but they’re using replay to correct mistakes in a way that was unimaginable just a decade ago.”
Rany Jazayerli, ranyontheroyals.com GH: Listening to Steve Physioc whine incessantly over the umpire’s using replay to overturn this call on Saturday’s radio broadcast and never once criticize Sal Perez for not tagging up was one-sided broadcasting at its worse. And any member of the Royals organization or fan who is going to get worked up over the umps getting a call correct should be sentenced to watch game six of the 1985 World Series with a room full of Cardinals fans.
“I have not been one of those calling for Ned’s job but if this kind of bush-league play continues, he should be terminated. At some point, step up and play when it counts! They lost six in a row when it was crunch time, they spit the bit six times in a row and they tried to do it Sunday! … Accountability! At some point somebody has to be held accountable!” Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: How about some accountability for those in the media like Petro and KK who have been soft on Yost all along? So now, with the final week of the regular season looming, Petro wants to scream fire Ned Yost? I am fine with that. But there are a lot of us out here who have been singing that tune even when this club was winning despite Yost’s bunting, small-ball and small-minded ways.
“For the second straight year, the biggest at-bat of the season (final results pending) was given to a player who had been released by another team earlier in this season. ON PURPOSE. You remember the Carlos Pena debacle last year, don’t you? Well, I present to you the Raul Ibanez decision. … Yost called upon the player with the lowest batting average in the major leagues among players with 275 plate appearances.”
Rany Jazayerli, ranyontheroyals.com
GH: How Dayton Moore allowed this to happen without leaping from the press box onto the field is a mystery to me. Maybe he feared causing himself bodily harm – because I am sure he wanted to make this leap. But the fact that Moore allowed Yost to retain his job following Saturday’s debacle is an indictment on Moore, the Glass family and this Royals organization. This was very possible simply the worst decision made by a manager in Royals history. Fire Ned Yost.
“There’s a lot of things going on that nobody really knows about. What I mean by a ‘professional at-bat,’ was a guy that’s been there, done it . . . Billy’s in a funk right now. And Billy has no idea what he’s doing wrong. You see what I’m saying? He’s working really hard at it. It was absolutely no slight against Billy. People that think I’m slighting Billy, they’re off base.”
Ned Yost, attempting to explain why he called wanting Ibanez for a “professional at bat” over Butler in Saturday’s game, Kansas City Star
GH: When Billy Butler stroked a line-drive single on the first pitch he saw Sunday, he appeared to glare back into the Royals’ dugout and mouth the words, “professional at bat.” This might be my KK radar going off but I so want to believe this occurred. I do believe there are “a lot of things going on that nobody really knows about,” inside this Royals team. And Yost appears to be punching all the wrong buttons here during Heimlich season.
“If they don’t make the playoffs it’s a choke job.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM