OTC: Royals Drop 3 Staright To Lowly CWS — Officially R.I.P. (Resuscitate In Phoenix)

“The #Royals‘ 2013 season died tonight. And 2014 is on life support. God bless this franchise’s fans, who deserve better.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: This was the worst three days of the 2013 season for the Royals. They had the worst team in the AL teed up for them at home with Santana, Guthrie and Shields lined up to pitch. About 13,000 well-spaced fans showed up each night to watch the Royals offense go turtle yet again as the Royals dropped all three must-win games. Just Saturday evening we sat in our homes living and dying with each pitch in that thriller at Detroit. Cabrera crushed the Royals hopes that night with a walk-off bomb and it appears did the same to any playoff chances as the Royals have not won since. 

“Swept by the White Sox means see you in February.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, after the Royals dropped their third game to the CWS at home, dropping their record to 64-62, 9.5 behind the Tigers in the ALC and 7 games back in the wild card, Twitter
GH: Rip: Resuscitate In Phoenix 

“At the risk of pointing out the obvious: the Royals had a 3-0 lead and James Shields on the mound. This shouldn’t happen. This CAN’T happen.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: Big Game James let a three-run lead get away while facing the lowly CWS at The K…in late August…in the first kind of pennant race for the Royals in a decade. This CAN’T happen.  

They traded their best young talent, and declined to trade their most marketable veteran. If all that gets is .500, heads should roll.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: So how bad does September have to get before Ned Yost and Dayton Moore go from cocked to cooked? Yost is already feeling the heat. Read on.

“There’s not a lot I can do. These guy need to go out and produce.”
Ned Yost, in his pre-game press conference before the Royals dropped their fifth straight game, 810 AM
GH: It’s not me, it’s them. Nervous Ned is starting to point fingers and we still have five weeks in the season. This might get a bit testy if the slide continues. I hope the media lights him up nightly with searing questions right back at his smug, sarcastic, rude, wrinkled ass. 

“There are 30 guys on the face of the planet who are major league managers. Is this guy the best we can do?”
Johnny Kane, KMBC 9 sports director, 610 AM
GH: No. It’s not even close to as good as we can do. 

“In my opinion, Pedro Grifol is the obvious next choice (as the Royals’ next manager).”
Johnny Kane, KMBC 9 sports director, 610 AM
GH: I would fire Ned this afternoon and put Pedro in charge tonight. Then I would tell Dayton Moore to stop by the grocery store and pick up some empty boxes.

“Good is not good when better is expected.”
Vin Scully, LA Dodgers
GH: This is my pick for the Royals off-season slogan.  The Royals might want to hang it above the lockers of Butler, Gordon, Hosmer, Moose, Cain, Escobar and Salvy.

“It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ball club, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place. I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well. Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It’s just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect.”
Vin Scully, who the Dodgers announced will be back in the radio booth for his 65th year in 2014, LATimes.com
GH: Scully is 85, so he’s been calling Dodger games since he was 20 and working in Brooklyn. He calls the Dodgers games in the radio booth all by his lonesome. Why mess with perfection? Here are a few of Scully’s quotes over the years…

“All my career, all I have ever really done, all I ever have accomplished, is to talk about the accomplishments of others. We can’t all be heroes. Somebody has to stand on the curb and applaud as the parade goes by.”
Vin Scully, LA Dodgers

“Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.”
Vin Scully, LA Dodgers

“And look who’s coming up. All year long, they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire. All year long, he answered the demand; until he was physically unable to start tonight with two bad legs, a left hamstring, and a swollen right knee. And with two out, you talk about a roll of the dice. This is it!”
Vin Scully, as Kirk Gibson used his bat as a cane to pinch hit in the 1988 World Series against Oakland, LA Dodgers
GH: This remains the single-most exciting live sporting event I have ever heard on radio. I was not listening to Scully that October evening but rather Jack Buck. His call of, “I don’t believe what I just saw,” will live inside my head forever. I was in Portland, Maine for technical training with my new software job and I was the only guy who even knew the World Series was being played. We had no television. I don’t know if it would be as memorable to me had I not listened to Buck’s call on a transistor radio. I hope someday my kids and yours will have a similar memory for a Royals’ World Series game.

“The NFL’s regular season has yet to begin & ads for the Super Bowl are already for sale. Around $4 million per 30 seconds.”
Chris Fisher, @wibwChris, Twitter
GH: I wonder what the ads went for during Scully’s first radio broadcast in Brooklyn?

“NFL Dates to keep in mind: Rosters must be cut down to 75 players by August 27th, 53 man rosters due August 31st.”
Ashley Zavala, @ZavalaA, of Comcast Sports South, Twitter
GH: Things get serious next week. Pay attention.  

“Yeah, Andy doesn’t want to get (Dwayne Bowe) hurt. He wants to get him in playing shape but he doesn’t want to get him hurt. Why send him in harm’s way? They’re getting Dwayne Bowe in shape. They know what he can do.”
Herm Edwards, when asked why Bowe hasn’t been caught a pass yet in the first two preseason games, 810 AM
GH: And they charge full price for these preseason tickets? Biggest. Scam. Going.  

“This is a song. It unites. It empowers. It lifts your spirits and raises goose bumps all over your body. There’s only one song that will bring you to your feet while making you weak in your knees. That song is the Star Spangled Banner. And if you’re one of the 75,000 at Arrowhead joining in to sing the final verse, there’s absolutely nothing like it. ‘…and the home of the CHIEFS!’ This is Chiefs Kingdom.”
Kansas City Chiefs advertisement
GH: I find this ad very, very interesting. It is the first public acknowledgement that I know of where the Chiefs have come out and declared they not only approve of their fans yelling, “CHIEFS!” at the end of the anthem but they are damn proud of it. Personally, I think we get way too weird when it comes to the physical and symbolic signs of patriotism. But there are a number of folks who will see this ad by the Chiefs as unpatriotic. 

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23 Responses to OTC: Royals Drop 3 Staright To Lowly CWS — Officially R.I.P. (Resuscitate In Phoenix)

  1. rkcal says:

    Scully was one of the many perks of growing up in L.A. Transistors under the covers with Dodgers baseball on the air.

  2. JP says:

    First of all, I see 2014 as the make or break year for Dayton. If that team doesn’t make it to postseason, then heads will roll. Yost should not be back, but I’m afraid Dayton will not pull the trigger. More Yost means more Chris Getz and more bad decisions. The Royals need to bring in some bats to make sure that Yost can’t manage them out of winning games.

    Finally, I find the people most offended about HOME OF THE CHIEFS!! tend to be people that don’t like the Chiefs much anyway. Danny Clinkscale always whines about it, as he always looks to bag on the Chiefs for anything. It is an Arrowhead tradition and it’s not going away.

    Great passages on Vin Scully, he makes every broadcast special and sounds just like he did 20-30 years ago. Glad he gets to enjoy one more big Dodger Championship run behind the mike.

  3. Kyle says:

    What the commercial did was keep the word “brave” front and center and “Chiieeeffffss” in the background. Well done. Notice how this was never a problem in the 90′s, but now that we have become an ultra sensitive nation of pussies, it’s a problem? Nobody is belittling our nation by saying Chiefs at the end of the National Anthem. The fact that Clinkscale bitches about it is all that we need to know.

    • Kyle says:

      Also, I never imagined when I was a kid watching “Good Times” re-runs that James Evans would be doing Chiefs commercials one day. Damn cool!

  4. Fred Flintstone says:

    Ask just about any military veteran, who has fought for his country, if he ends the singing of HIS National Anthem with, “CHIEEEEEFFFFSSSS?”

    You may have to duck after you ask him. (Especially if he’s a Marine.)

    • BlackJack says:

      I am a military veteran who participated in military fighting (I was in Operation Just Cause: Panama), and it doesn’t bother me in the least. I think it is waaaay overrated, the sensitivity people have about patriotism and military vets.

      Military vets are much thicker-skinned, and pragmatic/open-minded about this subject than alot of you people give them credit for

    • Kyle says:

      Funny you say that because I go to games with an ex-Marine who says it at the end of the anthem.

  5. Mike says:

    I still don’t understand Ned’s penchant for hitting Getz leadoff or inserting him as a PH in late or extra-inning situations. I just don’t. Soren made a great point about that earlier in the week when he made a Moneyball reference to it re: Beane’s battles with Art Howe on the roster makeup before Beane shoved him out for Bob Melvin.
    As for the CHIEFS! at the end of the anthem, someone at the Star (Dodd? Kerkhoff?) had a good article that noted there are a lot of fans who have their own rituals too. It’s not that big of a deal. People pay their proper respect for the anthem…we’re talking about one word. If Danny or any other host has that big of a problem with one damned word, they can go to a nationalistic country like North Korea, where no one yells Chiefs! upon saluting Dear Leader Little Mr. Un-shine. Perspective, old men grumpy radio guys. Forced patriotism in lockstep=nationalism. We don’t want to go down a road we’ve never traveled, for good reason.

    And now that the Royals have irritated me with bunk offense, managerial tasks only Bob Boone could love, I’ll focus my MLBtv package on more Dodger games. Vin is a treasure, and there won’t be any voice that hits 60+ years in MLB, or any sport, again.

  6. Ultimate Dude says:

    “Declined to trade their most marketable veteran.”

    Here we go again. Jazayerli is talking like he knows the Royals had offers, and just told the other teams to eff off. If he knows what teams and what players were offered up for Santana, that’d be the biggest story for weeks in this town. Much bigger than Tejada on addarol, but what story isn’t??

    “There’s not a lot I can do. These guys need to go out and produce.”

    True statement. Royals fans have been extremely consistent in blaming every past Manager as the sole reason the team sucks. MLB managers have probably the least amount to do with a teams success than any other coaching position in any sport. I’m not trying to defend Yost, Royals can do better, but the Royals problems the last 20+ years have above the Manager and GM (minus scouting). Regardless where they bat in the lineup, guys gotta hit the damn ball. They know it, they just can’t do it.

    “If all that gets is .500 heads should roll.”

    I realize expectations change within a season, but this (.500) is what most expectations were in Spring. If your expectations changed, you must have forgot that these are the Royals.

    I’m not a Dodgers fan and I don’t get giddy over broadcasters. Scully does zilch for me.

    I find it funny that this is a so called “Christian nation” built on profiting off people in any way possible, where love of country trumps peoples religion. Americans don’t get a free pass through the pearly gates, I’d be more concerned with being a good Christian over being a great American, and I’m not even religious. What is a “great American” anyways?? We’re all just lucky to be born here.


    • BlackJack says:

      I know, right? It almost seems like alot of people act like just because they are born in this country it automatically means they are better people than other nationalities. And the whole “forced patriotism” thing is a way to force confimity and assuage the beliefs of that whole air of exclusivity and “rules of the club, per se.

    • TangoAlphaLima says:

      Santana wasn’t traded, was he? So the Royals declined to trade their most marketable veteran, right? I’m not seeing how that statement could be incorrect.

      • Ultimate Dude says:

        So you, Rany and Greg are all of the same mindset. Should have dumped Santana for anything, anything you could have got. A snickers bar, someone in A ball that probably wouldn’t amount to crap, anything. Just trade him for anything. In that regard you’re right. The Royals declined to trade Santana for junk. Name another team that made a big move before the trade deadline. A team that improved themselves tremendously by adding or trading for a player. You can’t because they’re were none. Either no one was available or teams didn’t want to part ways with active players or prospects for Santana. I love the thought process of “math guy”. Just give him away!!

  7. Java Man says:

    Never understood the significance of the National Anthem at routine sporting events, anyway. Keep it for special commemoration, otherwise it loses much of it’s meaning and people start acting the fool.

  8. Java Man says:

    What is a “great American” anyways?? We’re all just lucky to be born here.

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  9. Kyle Rohde says:

    I think the “Chiefs” thing is low-brow and annoying, especially when people do at Royals, KU or Sporting games. However, I’m just what JP said, a very casual Chiefs fan only because I live here – the Packers are my team.

    For those that dismiss the anthem before games, watch this and tell me you don’t feel a sense of pride and maybe even get some goosebumps. I hate the Bears but man, I love their anthems. There’s no comparison between that and the crap at Chiefs games.

  10. Kyle Rohde says:

    Forgot the link – watch this: http://youtu.be/hIO9DLe_-rY

  11. Cletus Frade says:

    “Home of the Chiefs” is meaningless when the team has been horrible for the past 10 years. No one is afraid to come here and play the Chiefs. Other teams probably smirk and laugh out loud when they hear the fans say “home of the Chiefs.” The 50-60 thousand fans who show up at Arrowhead should go back to saying “home of the brave” until the Chiefs are one of the better teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen for some time.

    There are some great Americans still around. The Air Force major on the Royals’ TV broadcast last night is one example. However, just as screaming “Home of the Chiefs” for a shitty, losing team that visiting teams can’t wait to come here and play, patriotism for patriotism’s sake is rather pointless and, in many people’s minds, no longer deserved.

  12. RD says:

    Where is Smartman? I miss his comments on here.

  13. yuri says:

    Any tradition started by Huey Lewis is nothing to be that proud of. I find it disrespectful to “step on” the National Anthem, do something before, do something after. But for that 2 or 3 minutes, shut up, take off your hat, put your hand on your heart and show some respect. (and while your at it, get the hell of my yard too)

  14. Brummy says:

    I served in the army and I don’t think the “home of the Chiefs” is that disrespectful, maybe tacky. And annoying when so many in attendance think its clever.

    With that said, I do take a lot of pride in the song and get goosebumps every time I hear it.

  15. kcdave says:

    Proud vet here. Home of the CHIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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