“More than one Royals’ official has said those exact words, actually. And another one or two that I can think of have said something kind of similar.”
Sam Mellinger, in an interview Monday with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison on The Drive, discussing the quote Mellinger attributed to an unnamed Royals’ official that caused much discussion on Monday, “We get more love outside of Kansas City than we do here,” 610 AM
GH: It is my opinion that the fact Mellinger chose to place quotations marks around this sentence made all the difference in how it was interpreted by the Royals’ fan base and local media. Sam spoke with Parkins and Harrison Monday and they specifically asked him if his quote came from one unnamed individual or a consensus of Royals’ officials. The Royals are probably not real happy that the comment was published as a quote and also that it was attributed to no one but everyone. In a small way, Mellinger has managed to make the Royals the victim in this issue.
“We all have to pay for past sins.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Parkins made this comment to alert the current Royals’ brain trust that they need to understand the franchise’s popularity is somewhat predicated on the team’s past failures – even those from before Dayton Moore’s hiring. What I found interesting is how Parkins used 610 Sports as an example and how the success and failure of the past hosts in his afternoon drive slot have an effect on how his and Harrison’s show is now perceived. Parkins obviously gets it far better than the Royals.
“There’s some really complicated relationships between the Royals and the fans. … I understand where (the Royals) are coming from but I also hope I understand reality. … There’s truth in them saying they get more love from baseball people outside of Kansas City – at least from a loud portion of Royals’ fans. I always thought it was a fascinating relationship between a town and a team. (A relationship) that used to be terrific, and terrific right off the bat. The most successful expansion team in baseball history to that point. And it went so quickly and directly into the crapper.”
Sam Mellinger, 610 AM
GH: Royals fans who missed the ‘70s and ‘80s missed a young franchise that was the envy of baseball. John Schuerholz and the Royals of that time quickly were looked upon as a model franchise. Hard to believe that time was even real.
“How many times do we as Royals fans have to consider slashing our wrists and ending our affiliation of the David Glass owned Royals? This team knows how to suck the life out of a fan base like no other. Last night is a classic example of taking a body blow followed by an upper cut. A chilling caller to Kietzman said about the Royals (and Chiefs) I paraphrase, ‘I hope you were around in in 1970 and 1985, because there is no way that those days will return to KC.’ I sank in my car seat and wanted to cry when he said that because no truer commentary has been spoken regarding our major league sports teams.”
Bradley, OTC Reader Email
GH: It does seem bleak at the moment for Chiefs and Royals fans – and it has for most of the past two generations. But the calendar always turns and with it hope is renewed. Last May we Royals fans thought the season was over, only to discover one of the most entertaining second-halves to a season in decades. I am not ready to jump off the Broadway Bridge yet. But that 12-inning loss to the Padres Monday night did have me checking the depth of the Mighty Mo at that point.
“There’s nothing magical that can be done. Your position guys are your position guys. That’s your lineup.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
“A farm system that looked to be the best that anyone had ever seen simply has not come through.”
Rany Jazayerli, 810 AM
“Right now I think we can all agree that the ceiling is really coming down on what this offense can be. It’s never going to be a juggernaut.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I don’t agree with Petro here. Maybe I am simply too optimistic but there is still potential on the Royals roster for some offensive power. Gordon, Butler, Hosmer, Perez and Moose all could be 20+ home run guys with good on-base percentages. No question that they are not at this time. But I do think the switch is there waiting to be flipped. But it’s not going to be flipped by Ned the Mad Bunter and his endless search for the one-run inning.
“If you had told me a year or two ago that the guys the Royals had brought from outside the organization – who have done very well – had done exactly what the Royals wanted them to do and the Royals would STILL be under .500, with all the top-ten prospects they had, I would have been astounded. And that’s what’s happened.”
Rany Jazayerli, 810 AM
GH: That is a sobering thought. Add to it that the Royals’ pitching has been some of the best in the AL the past two seasons and it becomes even more of a cold slap to the face.
“I pretty much tell them I’m a construction worker. I don’t like putting my business out there like that.”
Jerrod Dyson, on what he tells women he meets for the first time when they ask what he does for a living, 610 AM
GH: I could see Dyson on a framing crew but he moves way too fast to be a painter.
“One pair. I’m colorblind, so it doesn’t matter.”
Denny Matthews, when asked how many New Balance shoes he has, 610 AM
GH: Listening to Denny being interviewed by the 20-something pair on 610’s The Drive is entertaining. It sounds like Denny understands about half of what they say and just makes up his answers for the rest.
“I think the (NFL) draft is overhyped and overanalyzed for the Chiefs. This team will not be built through the draft. They haven’t been and they won’t be built through the draft. There is clearly some sort of philosophy with the Hunt family that this is what we do.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK hates the way the Chiefs approach the draft – and for good reason if you examine the franchise’s lack of success. But does he really think the Hunt family has issued an edict that they do not want to build the team by drafting quality players? Even for Kietz this is pretty crazy talk.
“I would be SO fired up if the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round! SO fired up!”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: The Border Patrol discussed with Tim Grunhard Tuesday the possibility of Johnny Football or Blake Bortles falling to the Chiefs with the 23rd pick. Talk about crazy talk radio. I think both will be gone by the fifth pick.
“There’s two types of quarterbacks – either you’re a bible thumper or you’re a partier. There’s no in-between.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: It is my experience that a good majority of the bible thumpers are reformed partiers – so maybe there’s only one type of QB.
“The Journal Sentinel polled 21 scouts with national responsibilities asking what round, if any, they would be comfortable selecting (Mizzou’s Michael) Sam. Three said fifth round. Three said sixth round. Three said seventh round. Five said they would sign him as a free agent. Seven said they wouldn’t sign him as a free agent. Three scouts from clubs using the 4-3 defense said emphatically that Sam didn’t fit their scheme. Conversely, two scouts from teams using the 3-4 defense said emphatically that Sam didn’t fit their scheme.”
Jason McIntyre, thebiglead.com
GH: The first publicly known gay college football player might not have impressed scouts enough to be drafted in the seven-round NFL draft. His story will be one the media focuses on throughout the weekend.
I received my photos from the Boston Marathon this week and this one to the left was taken at about the 17.5-mile mark just as I made the hard right turn at the Newton Fire Station.
One of the most dreaded portions of the Boston Marathon is known as “The Newton Hills.” Old John Kelly is credited with saying his heart was broken here in Newton in 1936 when Tarzan Brown passed him on the final steep grade that zapped his legs and his willpower. Newton and its Heartbreak Hill at the 20-mile mark is where many believe this race really starts…and ends for some.
There is a fire station and a large intersection in Newton that marks a sharp right turn into the Newton Hills. The party that was taking place at this spot on the course on this day was so loud and so damn fun that I was tempted to stop and party right along with those wicked crazy Bostonians.
The Red Sox anthem, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, happened to be blaring from the massive speakers set up by the firemen as I rolled on by. The pounding of the bass had my racing bib dancing.
“Warm, touchin’ warm, reachin’ out
Touchin’ me, touchin’ you…”
I was tired here at almost 18 miles but not too tired to get a little feisty with the crowd. I raised my hands and asked the crowd to give me their best. They answered and so did Neil.
Good times never seemed so good, SO GOOD! SO GOOD!”
I don’t know if the Newton firehouse played that song on a loop all day long or if I was just lucky enough to hit that intersection at the perfect time – but I pumped my fist heading into those hills and smiled right through Heartbreak.
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