“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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