“I don’t know if there is a really good way to describe everything that happened last night because it was so wild. You just almost can’t believe it.”
Steven St. John, recalling the Royals’ wild 6-5 win in 12 innings at Seattle Monday night, 810 AM
GH: There was just too much that went down to recount it here. Click here for Bob Dutton’s game story in The Star and try to relive the madness.
“Alex Gordon’s golden arm.”
Ned Yost, in his post-game comments after the Royals Monday night win in Seattle, Fox Sports KC
GH: Alex Gordon is a quiet hero. His facial expression rarely rises above the level of “amused.” His talent though is making grown men do very, very childish things – like stay awake until 2:00 AM to catch the end of a Royals win and then Ned’s postgame. The Royals season once again sat on the brink of extinction in the bottom of the 10th as Seattle’s Kyle Seager tagged at third and streaked toward home plate. Gordon though has a flair for the dramatic. And man was this game a filled with drama!
“Seager is pretty fast, so as soon as Gordon made the throw, I thought I need to catch the ball first. So that’s what I did — just catch the ball. It was a pretty good slide. I just put my glove at home plate…he touched my glove. The home plate umpire (Vic Carapazza) got in good position to see everything.”
Salvador Perez, on his dive to tag out Seager at the plate and extend the game into the 11th inning, kansascity.com
GH: As good as Gordon throw was, Perez’s catch, dive and tag were even better. Salvador Perez is building himself a statue at The K that is going to be hopefully revealed after he wins this franchise a pennant or three. This guy is a HOF catcher whom we get to watch for the next decade or more.
“I can’t believe what’s-his-nuts tried to tag up at third (on Gordon) the other night! That was unbelievable!”
Jaime Bluma, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: This might be my favorite quote of the month.
“I can sleep when the season’s over.”
Steven St. John, on getting only two hours of sleep when he elected to stay up for the conclusion of the Royals/M’s game Monday night, 810 AM
GH: Those of us who hung in until 1:30 AM or later and still answered the alarm this morning know SSJ is right. We can sleep when the Royals are dead. And that ain’t yet.
“I wish there was just three more weeks left in the season! Two more weeks might get it done. They’re playing the best baseball of anybody in this race in the month of September. They’re just running out of time.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: I wish Yordano Ventura would have been in the Royals rotation since they broke camp in Surprise. Why was this stud wasting pitches in Arkansas and Omaha all season when we had a real pennant to win? Dayton needs to answer some questions and the rest of the AL is sure thankful he doesn’t have a good answer for hiding Yordano.
“I wish this could go on for another month. This has been fun.”
Jaime Bluma, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: Is tonight the last night? Will I be able to stay awake? Twitter helps.
“He’ll probably say he should have caught that.”
Rex Hudler, after Jarrod Dyson whiffed on a hooking line drive to center field, Fox Sports KC
GH: Whiffing is almost not quite right. Whiffing indicates you were at least close to what you missed. Dyson was not.
“The ball moved on me. As I went down, it changed eye level. I’m the reason we played so long. I was really (upset) about it. I’m glad the guys were able to pick me up after that.”
Jarrod Dyson, kansascity.com
GH: The ball moved on me??? That what batted balls do!
“I think Dyson’s a coach killer. He’s a manager killer. He’s got that speed and he temps you to play him. But you cannot have Dyson in the outfield the last six games.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This is an interesting take from Fescoe – and that in itself is OTC worthy. I see Dyson as no more than a pinch runner in a late inning situations. In other words he is far too much of a luxury to have on the Royals 25-man roster. But I can see where a manager like Ned is duped into thinking Dyson can bunt and steal a win or three a year. Ned loves the bunt, the steal and pinch running for Billy Butler. I hope all three get him canned.
“(Danny) Duffy told me he put a gym in his house and that he’s going to go ‘BeastMode’ in the off season. He’s going to come back next season and be ready to go 200 innings.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: You gotta love these guys.
“It was just a wild variety of emotions. There were a lot of things – but it was neat. It brought back such great memories of the guy he was and the player he was and the teammate he was. He was a great teammate. He was funny, caring. His locker was two down from mine and we became good friends.”
Bill Maas, when asked his opinion of the NFL Network’s documentary on his former teammate, Derrick Thomas, which airs tonight (Tuesday), 610 AM
“No. Two different players. Derrick was really quick, explosive off the ball and the edge. He could turn the corner on tackles. It was like his feet were in the ground running and his body was at a 45-degree lean. Justin is bigger and more powerful.”
Bill Maas, when asked if the Chiefs second-year LB Justin Houston could be compared to Derrick Thomas, 610 AM
“The guy was built like a rabbit. He just had a natural lean. You’d see him walking through the locker room and think, ‘Why is that guy leaning forward?’ It was just the way he walked.”
Soren Petro, on Derrick Thomas, 810 AM
“(Derrick Thomas) did many, many things that people will never know about because he didn’t want people to know about them. … He was just an extraordinary human being. He had so many positives that it outweighed any negatives.”
Carl Peterson, in an interview with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: I have no doubt DT was the kind of teammate every athlete loves. Crazy talent, generous and as fun-loving as a kid. But I knew DT a little differently than the way he is being remembered by his friends. I knew a guy who browbeat Jason Whitlock to write positive stories about his work in the community and his Third and Long charity. DT was not the quiet philanthropist that Peterson wants us to remember. There was NOTHING quiet about DT – on the field or off. He lived large and died small. What a waste.
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