OTC: Royals 2nd Half Begins W/ A Thud. Who Is Accountable? Anybody? / Petro’s Interview W/ Chiefs’ Alex Smith Shines

“Remember, I came up with an organization that if you didn’t do your job they’d get rid of you. I always understood that my priorities were on the field first. I knew that I was playing for my job.”
Derek Jeter, when asked during the All-Star Game how he has been able to fashion such a successful career in MLB and stay out of the headlines off the field, Fox
GH: Curse the Yankee Way all you want. Scoff at the arrogance of the Cardinals rich tradition as well. But understand that these organizations demand accountability – something the Royals lost 20 years ago along their David Glass highway to hell.

“Another Royals loss, this one with the added bonus of seeing the Chris Sale they should have drafted. Something happening soon?”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, following the Royals fourth straight loss, a 3-1 loss to the White Sox, Twitter
GH: Is there anything that can happen now in late July to turn Dayton Moore’s eight-year project around? David Glass has allowed him to hire two managers, go through batting coaches like they were foul balls, increase the club salaries to record numbers almost each year, draft and pay the high picks and pick up the occasional free agent. And here the Royals stand on the brink of disappearing for another summer. JoPo asks if something is going to happen soon. It appears far too late to resuscitate this annual disappointment. Be Royal.

“From Beautiful Fenway Park, but it was not pretty whatsoever for the Royals this weekend – a completely forgettable weekend for the Royals and a miserable start to the second half (of the season).”
Joel Goldberg, after the Red Sox completed their sweep of the Royals Sunday with a 6-0 win, Fox Sports KC
GH: Ned Yost has been preaching for the past few weeks to anybody willing to listen that he has not been concerned about the team’s putrid offense the first three and a half months because his club is a “second-half team.” It sounded ridiculous then and it looks awful now as the Royals have gone 0-4 out of the All-Star break and scored a total of two runs in their last three games.

“We’re not going to have time to hear from Ned Yost…”
Joel Goldberg, signing off the Sunday broadcast as they were unable to get the Yost postgame press conference on the air, Fox Sports KC
GH: I really wanted to hear Yost’s explain his club’s lackadaisical effort in Boston but apparently the logistics of getting his postgame presser on the air at Fenway is a technical nightmare. I still think the Royals needed to make this happen – closed door meeting and all. After Monday’s loss in Chicago I simply turned off the TV and went to bed. I didn’t care what Ned had to say. I don’t think I am the only one.

“The Royals have quite a lineup, so it’s not something that you feel (Chris Sale is) going to breeze through. It wasn’t easy and he worked really hard.”
Robin Ventura, White Sox manager. Chicago Tribune
GH: Positive proof that getting noogies on your crown from Nolan Ryan has a long-term effect on your cognitive abilities.

“This guy (Greg Holland) right here. We only get to see Kansas City every now and then and when you’ve got a guy that’s got this kind of stuff, it doesn’t matter if he’s right handed or left handed, when you start to get into the closers you can pick from, they’re going to have dominant stuff…”
John Farrell, Red Sox manager, when asked by Harold Reynolds what pitcher stood out to him tonight like he hasn’t seen before, Fox
GH: Holland deserves to display his immense talents in the postseason. Moore needs to trade him to a contender before his magic fades and he becomes just another ex-Royal who never saw October.

“I want to get a contract that I can play out and that it is fair. … You want it to get done right. You want both sides to be happy. And when it’s done, it’s something that gets played out. A lot of these get rushed and done quickly and both sides are unhappy and then it has to be redone later. It’s an ongoing thing. There’s certainly a lot of time. I have a year left on my contract.”
Alex Smith, in an interview with Soren Petro from Lake Tahoe, 810 AM
GH: I complain a lot about the mindless interviews that 810 has forced upon us each summer from Lake Tahoe. Petro’s interview last week with the Chiefs’ second-year QB almost made them all worthwhile. Smith was forthcoming and engaging with Petro – something he rarely is during the season when he goes one-on-one with Kietzman. Read on.

“I take (what Smith said above) to mean, ‘There’s something I want and I’m going to get it.’ What I’m hearing is a guy who wants to make sure they can’t skate on the deal, so he’s locked into a deal for a number of years. I’m of the opinion now that if there is a hold up it’s on the Alex Smith side. I’m not trying to villianize the guy but he’s got something in mind he wants and he’s not going to budge on it. Am I reading too much into that?” Soren Petro, on Smith comments above, 810 AM
GH: I did not have the same read on Smith’s comments as Petro – but it would have been far better for him to ask Smith about this when he had him on than to speculate about it after the fact. Maybe Petro can get Smith on again at Chiefs camp for round two? Read on for some additional comments by Smith on the 2014 Chiefs…

“We are really young up front but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. We’ve got a lot of energy and a lot of talented guys.”
Alex Smith, on his offensive line, 810 AM

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are going to be pieces of the puzzle and step up and make plays. People will be surprised.”
Alex Smith, discussing the Chiefs wide-receiver corps, 810 AM

“The guy (Dwayne Bowe) is hands down the biggest team player I have ever played with for a guy who plays outside like that. He’s just happy for his team and to be a part of it and do whatever he could, whether it’s blocking, tackling and in a lot of areas where guys wouldn’t. The guy’s in shape. He busts his tail. He’s had a great off-season.”
Alex Smith, on Chiefs wide-out Dwayne Bowe, 810 AM
GH: Man, does that ever paint a drastically different picture than many have of the underperforming Chiefs wide receiver. Maybe this is the season Bowe plays to the level he is paid.

“I thought St. Joe was a great set up. The facilities are awesome. Honestly, we’ve got a bunch of good guys who love being around each other. I really enjoyed (camp last year).” Alex Smith, 810 AM
GH: Rumors continue to fly that this will be the Chiefs final season on Missouri Western’s campus. Looks like they will simply hold their camp at their Arrowhead complex next year. I cannot imagine that will be a very friendly place for their fans.

“I took a picture with somebody yesterday and they said, ‘Thanks, Aaron!’ I didn’t even correct them. I just walked away.”
Alex Smith, on how often he is mistaken for the Packers’ QB, Aaron Rogers, 810 AM

“Sporting made that (financial) commitment and that’s what this story is all about. It’s not about where I’m not going to go. It’s about what Sporting did.”
Matt Besler, on why he and Graham Zusi resigned with the hometown team, 810 AM GH: Congrats to Sporting for locking up their two best players. But why they were able to resign them is a bit muddled. Because Sporting continues to be handled by the local media like a favorite toy, we may never know if there was real “interest” from overseas clubs or just a look see. If a Canadian born player opted to stay in the CFL instead of accepting an offer from an NFL team, we would think they were daft. But only if there was a solid offer from an NFL team to reject. I am happy for Sporting but my radar senses the interest in Besler and Zusi was way overblown.

“I don’t think we have to sell Kansas City much anymore. There were definite conversations with multiple people (on the USA World Cup team about playing for Sporting).”
Matt Besler, 810 AM

“If I don’t birdie on the last hole I tie with him (for our final round score).”
Ricky Fowler, on his Ryder Cup coach, Tom Watson, shooting a 68 Sunday at The Open, ESPN Radio
GH: The soon-to-be 65-year-old Dr. Watson is still considered a hallowed surgeon anywhere in the British Isles.

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26 Responses to OTC: Royals 2nd Half Begins W/ A Thud. Who Is Accountable? Anybody? / Petro’s Interview W/ Chiefs’ Alex Smith Shines

  1. Tigerpiper says:

    Yost leaving the lefty only specialist in is inexcusable and fire able. How in the world could anyone in their right mind do that? He is not in his right mind.

  2. Kyle R says:

    I think you’re selling Besler a bit short – take a look at this article from Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2137400-would-matt-besler-have-been-successful-in-the-premier-league. The media source listed there says at least 10 clubs were in contact with SKC about him so, take that with a grain of salt, but that plus the rest of the article’s content about how he’s played in int’l matches makes me think the interest was real.

    I’m not sure about Zusi but the two of them likely quadrupling their current contracts makes staying home a lot easier to swallow, personally. I’d love to see how they would do over in Europe, so we could know, but in a market where we’ve been burned time & time again by Royals free agents leaving, let’s enjoy guys actually staying home for once.

    • red says:

      Nate’s interview with him was weak radio. The story was what other teams had true interest in him and he did not touch it. My feeling is the same as greg’s, that the mid table and up european teams were not interested in him as a starter.

      • BlackJack says:

        I thought he was pretty up front about it. He said there were about 10 teams that expressed some interest, but only Fulham and Sunderland met SKC’s asking price on the transfer fee. In the end, the fact that those teams were not prime EPL teams, and the lack of guarantee of regular playing time, plus SKC coming to plate with the DP offer, swayed him and Graham to stay here

        • husker82 says:

          Sunderland is in the EPL – just avoiding relegation last season. Fulham was relegated and will play in the Championship (the league immediately below the Premier League) this season.

    • geoknows says:

      “Burned time & again by Royals free agents leaving?” Who? Ervin Santana? That’s the only notable free agent who has left the Royals in forever. They’ve traded everybody away before they could become free agents.

      • Kyle Rohde says:

        Maybe not all free agents but Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon, etc.

        • geoknows says:

          I get your pain – I felt it too – but there is a huge difference between leaving as a free agent and being traded. One you have control over, the other you don’t.

          • Kyle R says:

            Right, all I meant was KC has seen so many great players grow up here and then leave, for whatever reason, so it’s nice to see us keep somebody for once. Just like it’s awesome for Cleveland to have LBJ coming home.

        • david says:

          So, nothing in the past 10 years….

  3. Smith says:

    One more week and 2015 will begin for the Royals.

  4. Gavin says:

    “Another Royals loss, this one with the added bonus of seeing the Chris Sale they should have drafted. Something happening soon?”

    Yep. Mathematical elimination.

  5. Greg says:

    Thank goodness someone made a comment about the Royals that has historical perspective. Congrats, Greg!!

    David Glass became Chairman of the Royals board after Ewing Kauffman died in August of 1993. It was Glass, as Chair, that had the Royals hire his 85-IQ son Dan in 1994 or 1995. Glass led the way to fire hal McRae in 1994 after the strike and bring in Bob Boone. Glass got to own the Royals for 7-8 years without spending a dime on them as Chair.

    Sam Mellinger, who thinks Bo Jackson is an all-time Royal great, has no perspective. Bo Jackson would fit in fantastically with this era of the Royals. Celebrated for style with zero substance.

    David and Dan Glass own this failure. They own it and unfortunately will continue to own it.

  6. brett says:

    havent watched a single pitch since last friday’s debacle. best decision i ever made, clark.

  7. Allen says:

    Do what I do. TIVO the game and watch it in 15 minutes after I have spent the evening being productive. I found that 15 minutes of torture is better than 3 hours. Also, I feel terrible for saying this but I am actually rooting for them to lose just so we can finally get rid of DM and the spoiled F—-n babies we have on the team. Does that make me a terrible fan?

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      No. I found myself pulling against the Chiefs under Pioli and Haley.

      • Richard Cranium says:

        Precisely my thought. The worst part was after I spoke the words to people both in the bar AND at Arrowhead, most agreed with me. I’m pretty much there with that gum chewing assclown Moustakas and Naoki the 2 left footed machine.

  8. Big G says:

    Hi Greg,
    I want to give you a perspective that I believe a lot of dads in the KC area may share with me.. I am really sad that my son who is a senior in high school will never attend a Royals playoff game in his youth with me. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and although my father has since passed on, I still remember like it was yesterday going to Royals games with him and waiting in the GA ticket line for over an hour to watch the Yankees. I remember the lottery system they had where we would send in for playoff tickets and actually getting them back in the mail. The day we found out we got World Series tickets to this day is the best day of my youth. I remember my dad cried along with a lot of other grown ups when Freddy Patek made the last out in game 5 against the Yankees to go to the WS. This was a time when this city was electric and on the national stage.

    People say it is just a game but it is a game that often brought my father and 9 brothers/sisters together. It seemed like the only time I would see my dad experience pure joy.

    In a way I feel like David Glass has cheated me out of that opportunity and it brings more sadness to me than most people would understand.

    For all the younger parents out there, I hope that you will have an opportunity to experience what my son and I haven’t. It is truly a special feeling… Unfortunately, with the Glass family and DM at the helm, it is doubtful this will happen.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Big G,
      A generation has passed since Kansas City felt this way about our Royals you so accurately describe. A short four-hour drive east to STL will remind you of what baseball in KC once was like and it appears may never be again under this regime.

      • Doug Tucker says:

        Speaking of fathers and sons and baseball, consider this sad fact: a boy of 7 or 8 who wonders what it was like to live in Kansas City when the Royals were in the playoffs must go to his grandfather. The kid’s dad, now around 32 or 33, would have been too young to remember the electric excitement that pulsed through this town.

    • Whoa Bill says:

      I cried when Sporting KC won the MLS Cup last year. And when the victory rally was held at Union Station my daughter and I were there. And we shed a tear again when Jimmy Nielsen announced his retirement – going out on top like a superstar.

      This is the new normal in sports and in Kansas City. The Under-35’s will have the new-wave sports like soccer, while the older generation toils away with NFL and MLB mediocrity.

  9. The Independent Rage says:

    Greg, I’m starting to warm up more every day to your recent suggestion that the Royals send Yost down to Omaha, at least for awhile. But unfortunately, from Glass’ comments before the all-star break (indicating that he’s already looking ahead to 2015), I’m gleaning that Yost and Moore are pretty safe this season from firing, demotion or, for that matter, even a good talking to. Let the mediocrity continue.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Unless this second-half implosion continues, Ned and Dayton are likely safe. This is a franchise that celebrates feeling like they won the WS.

  10. Say What? says:

    Bo Jackson hit too many HRs to fit in with this team.

  11. JP says:

    The Royals are imploding before our eyes. They need to do what the team did in 1975. That team started bad in the second half, and Mr. K fired Jack McKeon and hired Whitey Herzog. The team made a late run but fell short in the AL West, but finished 91-71. That team went on to win the AL West 4 of the next 5 years.

    This team will stay the course with Butler, Moose, and Yost. They will not make it to post season, but I’m sure Dayton will pop the champagne corks if they have another winning season.

    Forget the sports, is there a wider gulf in any city as there is between Sporting KC (who want more trophies and more titles) and the Royals (who take winning seasons like winning the World Series.

    P.S. I started a new job and don’t post as much. Good to be back.

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