“Un-freaking-believable ending! As for Dyson and Gore? Hell I can’t even think that fast.” Mike McCartney, @mikemccartneykc, PA voice of The K, after the Royals staged one of the most thrilling and timely ninth-inning comebacks in franchise history Monday night with a 4-3 win over the White Sox at The K, Twitter
GH: If you saw it, you know of what McCartney speaks. Dyson scored the tying run from second base on a wild pitch. And then Gore scored the game winner from second on an infield chopper by Lorenzo Cain that didn’t have enough momentum to reach the outfield grass in an empty park. All of this after the Royals looked as lost and anemic as they did during most of the Boston series. They remain 1.5 behind Detroit but it beats the hell out of where they were headed before that ninth inning unfolded .
“Oh, no big deal. Just the single greatest moment I’ve experienced as a Royals fan in 29 years.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: Fox Sports KC did a fabulous job with the video replays of the memorable ninth inning. From the multiple angles of both Jarrod Dyson’s and Terrance Gore’s scoring sprints to the spontaneous on-field celebration after Gore scored, their pictures were fantastic. Kevin Kietzman will have a difficult time explaining the photos of Gore and Alex Gordon embracing like school boys in today’s Kansas City Star.
“With Cain batting for the #Royals, Denny called it – win, on another daffy hit – as only MLB’s most blasė announcer can. Weird.”
Aaron Barnhart, @tvbarntv, Twitter
GH: I did not listen to the radio play-by-play after the sixth inning last night so I missed Denny’s call. I heard from others though that the voice of the Royals continued his stubborn tradition of refusing to inject any excitement into his calls. Is it something the Royals did to you, Denny? Or have you just become so crusty that not even a season-saving comeback in the ninth that resembled a Little League game can break through your old-man-itis?
“Thanks Denny for injecting zero, and I mean zero, emotion into one of the most key ABs of the #Royals‘ season. #neverchange”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, KC Star sports editor, Twitter
“This is just what the Royals are. This is the way the Royals won games in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”
Ryan Lefebvre, 610 AM
GH: Ryan is half right, this is definitely just what the Royals are – a punchless offensively-challenged club that relies on speed, defense, exceptional pitching and magic. But this is not how the Royals built their division winners in the ‘70s and ’80s. Those teams had some hitters who consistently produced more than Chris Evert back-spinning infield singles. These Royals could sure use Brett, Otis, Mayberry and McRae in the middle of their lineup.
“Ned Yost got killed yesterday for pitching moves. Should be praised tonight for pinch running calls.”
Blair Kerkhoff, columnist for Kansas City Star, @BlairKerkhoff, Twitter
GH: I don’t understand those who want to excuse Yost for the atrocious decision he made on Sunday because he got it right on Monday. Yost deserved every bit of criticism leveled at him in the wake of the Crow Fiasco. I am happy as hell that Yost figured out he needed to get his speed on the bases in the bottom of the ninth and that nobody got picked off of second. By the way, fire Ned Yost.
“Ned Yost has taken a lot of grief about benching Billy Butler and playing Nori Aoki instead. Well you know what? It worked!”
Nate Bukaty, on Aoki getting four of the strangest and most glorious hits that ever landed in fair territory last night, 810 AM
GH: Aoki’s at bats Monday night might go down as four of the most beautifully ugly ABs ever performed at The K. I swore his bat hit the dirt before striking the ball on one infield grounder.
“Nori Aoki is what happens when you cross Ichiro Suzuki with Benny Hill.”
Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli, Twitter
“I don’t know what the hell Aoki is doing. The great thing is, he doesn’t know either.” Craig Brown, @royalsauthority, Twitter
“Nori Aoki has three singles tonight on two swings.”
Andy McCullough, after Aoki’s third Twilight Zone single, @McCulloughStar, Twitter GH: Aoki added a double in the ninth to give him a 4-for-4 day at the plate. And even that double was slashed at like he was thinking drag bunt but switched to ripping it just inside the third base bag.
“Clearly something (is going on). I thought I saw Billy Butler with his warmup on in the dugout (during the postgame celebration). I definitely think that Butler and Hosmer aren’t going to dinner. He certainly wasn’t front and center at the beginning of the dogpile – not that he had to be.”
Soren Petro, after a caller asked what is going on with Butler and if he refused to participate in the on-field celebration, 810 AM GH: Butler didn’t get camera time after the game but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t celebrating with his teammates on the field. We really don’t know and I have not yet heard from anyone who was there that Butler shunned the postgame fun. Maybe Kevin Kietzman can tell us what Butler’s body language meant.
“We’ve got to get a playoff spot. Period.”
Jaime Bluma, 810 AM
GH: The march (or stumble) to the playoffs continues tonight. 7:10 at The K. The Royals are starting a journeyman pitcher from Perth, Australia in one of the franchise’s most important games in 30 years. Well, we are the Royals.
PS: I have been working on a Chiefs and college football OTC to post but these darn Royals just refuse to die. I will get a football post up later today.
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