OTC: Royals’ Dyson Says The Orioles Know It’s Over / Orioles Beg To Differ W/ KC’s Little Fish

“Jarrod Dyson is a walking sound bite. Everything that has come out of his mouth since I’ve spoken with him has been a money quote. But this one of course bothered some of the Orioles players.”
Scott Braun, reporter for MLB TV Network
GH: Dyson sparked some controversy with a quote that The Kansas City Star’s Andy McCullough tweeted out following Saturday’s win in Baltimore…

“No sir I don’t. And I don’t think the Orioles think that either.”
Jarrod Dyson, in answer to The Star’s Andy McCullough asking him if he thought the ALCS would be returning to Baltimore, via McCullough’s Twitter
GH: Dyson could have stopped with, “No sir,” and that would have been the end of it. But Dyson doesn’t do anything as he should – including sliding into second.

“What do you want him to say? ‘Yeah, we think we’re going to lose at least two of these games at home?’”
Nate Bukaty, defending Dyson’s comment, 810 AM
GH: I do not understand why Bukaty felt the need to defend Dyson’s Orioles’ baiting comments but he did. I would have preferred that Dyson showed some humility – especially since he hasn’t been much of a factor in the ALCS unless you count getting thrown out at second twice.

“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We understand that this series isn’t over. Just like we took two from them, they could take two from us.”
Lorenzo Cain, 610 AM
GH: Dyson needs to sit on Cain’s knee and learn how to handle team success. Dyson reminds me of the kind of players that Royals fans hate when they are wearing the other team’s uniform.

“I’ll just tell you this, man: If we win Game 3, it’s going to be hard for them to sit there and look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘We can win the next four. That’s tough to do, man. Everything must click. I’m just being honest. If we take Game 3, I guarantee there are going to be multiple people in that clubhouse over there saying, ‘Man, there’s no way we’re going to beat these guys four games in a row.’ It can be done, but everybody ain’t gonna be on the same page, I don’t think. There are going to be some people ready to go home. There are going to be some people not cheering in the dugout — just like if it was vice versa on this side, it might be the same way.”
Jarrod Dyson, ESPN.com
GH: In these comments Dyson manages to diss the Orioles’ heart and his own team’s character. What a guy.

“Yeah, but all he’s saying there is IF we win game three.”
Nate Bukaty, after listening to SSJ read Dyson’s above comments, 810 AM
GH: Is that all Dyson was saying, Nate? Put Dyson on the Cardinals and have him spouting this kind of bravado and Nate and the rest of the Cardinals haters would want to toss Dyson off the Arch.

“Obviously, they’re up 2-0. They should have all the confidence in the world. That’s just how that works.”
Adam Jones, MLB Network
GH: MLB’s Scott Braun took Dyson’s comments over to the Orioles’ locker room and asked them their reaction. Most were subdued and classy in how they responded. Read on.

“I don’t put a whole lot into what he had to say. We’re just concerned about what we’ve got to do.”
Zach Britton, MLB Network

“I’m not worried about what he said. We’ve got bigger fish to fry that that. He’s probably trying to make it…but come one. You know? Come on.”
Caleb Joseph, Orioles catcher, who has had Dyson’s number on the base paths during the ALCS, MLB Network
GH: Joseph was not subtle in the least about his disdain for Dyson and him basically saying the Orioles know the series is over. It will be interesting to see these two square off the rest of the series.

“It was very simple. I just asked (Dyson) if he thought we were coming back (to Baltimore). It was like a 15-second interview. … I’ve received dozens of messages from Royals fans complaining about how the stories I am writing are not FOR the Royals. That they’re not trying to help the Royals.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, 810 AM
GH: I want to believe that most fans realize the media’s role is not to prop up the local teams but rather report the news and deliver it in an entertaining fashion. McCullough sounded beaten down by the number of fans who do not get this part of his job. He is young. He will one day grow a Bob Dutton-like sense of humor to combat it. Or he’ll go into the insurance business.

“(Moustakas) is hitting a home run every 5.5 at bats in the postseason.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM

“I’m just trying to not do too much with the ball and just hit the ball where it’s pitched. Rusty Kuntz taught me everything I know about bunting, which isn’t too much.”
Mike Moustakas, 610 AM

“With this pitching we always said what would happen if two or three (of the hitters) got hot at the same time? We sure as heck have seen them all cold at the same time! Well, they’ve become the Harlem Globetrotters of Major League Baseball.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: One of the best things about this surreal postseason run by the Royals is reading tweets from all over the country about how fans are cheering for the Royals…

“Chicago is going crazy for the Royals…mix of underdog and anti-Card sentiment. Anything to get the boys in blue to a WS!”
Tim Hall, @timhall1985, Twitter

“Going nuts in a dive bar in Maui. Only 6:30pm here!”
@BenBinKC, Twitter

Hawaii representing BlueNation! RT “@calebdohrman44: @greghall24 @BenBinKC on Oahu going nuts at the Shack! #hawaiiroyals
@Calebdohrman44, Twitter

“And cheering here in Kauai all the way from KC. Hawaii covered.”
David Tischinski, @polishwonder22, Twitter

“I’ve been a part of 3 epic postseason runs: Seattle in ’95, Astros to World Series in ’05, now this. NONE TOUCH THIS.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, KC Star sports editor, Twitter

“I think mostly it’s been a players series so far. Frankly, Yost has made a couple of moves that may have cost the team. I don’t know if anyone has out-managed anyone in this series. It’s more players have made plays.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, 810 AM
GH: Home runs have a way of making the manager little more than an accessory. Let’s keep it that way.

“I think the postseason is all adrenaline anyway.”
Lorenzo Cain, 610 AM

“In my opinion the chance for a cancellation (for Monday night’s game) is 80%.”
Joe Lauria, meteorologist, WDAF Fox 4
GH: If the game is postponed your Monday ticket is now good for Tuesday and your Tuesday night ticket is good for Wednesday afternoon. Go that?

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37 Responses to OTC: Royals’ Dyson Says The Orioles Know It’s Over / Orioles Beg To Differ W/ KC’s Little Fish

  1. The Independent Rage says:

    If Dyson wants to run his mouth, I would suggest he first actually accomplish something in this series. You know, something other than nearly being picked off, then getting thrown out stealing, and then getting thrown out stealing again the next game. Until he acts likes he’s actually shown up to play for this series, my message to him is S-T-F-U.

  2. Hot Carl says:

    I sure hope Dyson flapping his pie hole doesn’t jinx this awesome ride. Idiot.

  3. Notme says:

    He could have said, “I sure hope not” and smiled as he answered and that would be it. Instead, we get the same attitude and antics from him, acting like he’s LoCain. The O’s are shellshocked and do NOT need anything to bring them out of their stupor.

  4. Paul says:

    Interview after interview goes the same way:

    “We have to take it one day at a time.”
    “We have to remember what got us here.”
    “We can’t try to do too much.”
    “I have to stay within myself.”
    “We’re grinding it out.”

    Thanks for something original, Jarrod.

    • mike t. says:

      yeah, but bulletin board fodder is not the best way to be original.

      • Ward says:

        If the O’s need bulletin board fodder at this point in the post-season, then they’ve got problems….

    • Jeff Morris (@mister_terrific) says:

      He obviously took Crash Davis’ cliche classes to heart.

    • Steve says:

      It is funny how people always complain about “coach-speak” or “player-speak” during interviews and then whenever a player answers a question honestly people lose their shit.

  5. ssiknaf says:

    “I want to believe that most fans realize the media’s role is not to prop up the local teams but rather report the news and deliver it in an entertaining fashion…”

    Nope. I worked 15 years in sportswriting. The majority of fans have no effing clue the job is not to kiss and lick all over “your team…”
    Many reporters also didn’t get that memo…..

    • Doug Tucker says:

      In all my years as a sports writer I couldn’t even get my own family to understand I was not supposed to give aid and comfort to “my teams.” The majority of fans haven’t a clue about this.

      • Frank says:

        Thanks for letting us dumbfuc# readers without a clue and an ability to understand know how specialized your job is. At least your not a brain surgeon/serf.
        Talk about biting the hand that fed you

  6. Mike says:

    Would we expect anything else from Dyson? He seems like a very cocky type anyway…he of the chop-grounder infield dribbler single.

    • mike t. says:

      reminds me of one of those Bud Light commercials… “Here’s to you Mr. Chop-Grounder Infield Dribbler Single Hitter. With nerves of steel and a lazy eye, your prowess at the plate is the stuff that makes Gold Glove winners out of pitchers. Why with one lucky bounce, you might have a chance to make it to first base… safe. So have a Bud Light and celebrate Mr. Chop-Grounder Infield Dribbler Single Hitter, because automatic outs were made just for you.”

  7. Java Man says:

    Fire Dyson!

  8. Michael says:

    I suggest Mr. Dyson work on not “over running” any more bases, rather they be real or metaphorical.

  9. FJH says:

    I’m not criticizing anything the Royals players say, or do, at this point. They are two games away from the World Series – I have been dead wrong in all of my predictions about this team. If Dyson needs to be criticized, it should come from one of the team leaders – Shields, Gordon, etc. – not from me.

  10. Alphonse Tooty says:

    Why quote one of the real team leaders when you can probably get Dyson to say something stupid. That’s what the media does, right?

  11. Joe Blow says:

    I want to believe that most fans realize the media’s role is not to prop up the local teams but rather report the news and deliver it in an entertaining fashion.

    So, reporting the “news” in an entertaining fashion means printing a quote from a player you know is going to cause controversy…and we’re supposed to feel bad for McCullough that he’s getting flack because people don’t like that he printed it? That wasn’t news, that was him running with a quote he knew would get his name out there. It didn’t make any difference other than to try to stir up controversy. Then the other media guy took that quote to the Baltimore locker room to try to get a reaction from Baltimore players about it. It’s only news because the media created a story..

    • KV says:

      The media created a story? How about Dyson acts like the other 25+ guys in the clubhouse and not say something controversial? Then the media doesn’t have to “create” a story. It was a selfish move by Dyson to put the spotlight on him which created an unnecessary distraction.

      • Joe Blow says:

        Should Dyson have said it? No.

        Should McCullough have printed it? No.

        McCullough actually created the distraction when he got that quote and ran with it…and pretty clearly knew that’s what it would do.

        There’s a reason you get so much coach speak and generic player quotes, and it’s because of writers like that.

        • Mike says:

          No. Wrong, wrong, a thousand times wrong.
          Why is McCollough supposed to be the arbiter of parsing words for the (supposed) act of favorable-to-the-team censorship?
          Jarrod Dyson is a grown-ass man. He knew what he was saying at the time.
          He also knew that what he was saying was directly to reporters. It’s not as if there’s a mystery there as to the roles of the player/reporter, formal Q&A encounter.
          McCollough, or anyone for that matter, whether it’s the AP, BAL papers, 810, 610, MLB Network, ESPN, TBS, Fox, or any of the new media present, were likely in no way angling for ‘gotcha’ journalism.
          Why? Is it investigative? Are they digging to uncover a scandal, and Dyson is the suspect? Come on. Those of you purporting to know the best practices of a reporter on the beat are looking absolute foolish. Like many who are always critical of writers, broadcasters, officials….if you are of the belief you can do it better, GET OUT THERE AND DO IT.
          Otherwise, keep plugging away that you are an expert, with total certitude, absent any knowledge and experience.

          • Joe Blow says:

            Right, right, a thousand times right!

            Dyson didn’t go on national TV and make the statement, he said it to the local beat reporter. Maybe Dyson didn’t care if he ran with the quote, but McCullough obviously chose to burn his source regardless. This is, once again, how clubhouse bans about talking to certain reporters — or just giving them really bland, nothing quotes — happens. McCullough seems to be trying to audition for a role at a bigger paper anyway, since his game recaps are completely pretentious and try way too hard to be overly clever.

            But, you know, professional reporters have the ability to use discretion about the things they report, and should have a pretty good idea about what will happen. McCullough is either clueless or, more likely, thought, “Hey, look at this quote I lucked upon — let me post it immediately!”

          • Steve says:

            +1. Dyson is an adult. He knew exactly what he said. McCollough would have been crazy to not use that quote. Anyone who thinks otherwise is completely clueless.

    • Say What? says:

      You obviously don’t know the difference between journalism and PR. You may want to stick to the Royals website for your Royals “news”.

      • ssiknaf says:

        and “Joe Blow” showing the mindset of the vast majority of fans…..
        who have no stinking clue what a sports reporter’s role is…

        • Joe Blow says:

          Is it to report every single thing that’s said, ever? Or to be a professional and write about things that actually matter? Or to try to drum up a little controversy just because they can?

      • Joe Blow says:

        PR is usually a big thing for reporters, too. Was that useful journalism?

  12. January says:

    This is much ado about nothing. Does anyone really think the Orioles weren’t going to give their very best efforts in Kansas City? McCullough was trying to stir up a story and of course Greg needs to get on his high horse and preach to Dyson. If he couldn’t bash Yost, he had to find someone else on the Royals.

  13. Herb says:

    Joe Blow is right, McCullough printed it for his own benefit. The good news is, baseball really isn’t a sport where bulletin board material affects games, other than maybe being thrown at.

  14. Carlos Febles says:

    It’s not McCullough’s job to protect the Royals. Dyson said it. Nobody with any sense thinks a Dyson quote is going to give the Orioles powers they previously lacked.

  15. Juan Pablo says:

    “Yeah, but all he’s saying there is IF we win game three.”
    Nate Bukaty, after listening to SSJ read Dyson’s above comments, 810 AM

    Bukaty is an idiot . I wonder why 810 even has him on the radio, he just says dumb things and SSJ just ignores him most of the time. . they need some new guy to work with SSJ.

  16. Say What? says:

    I have no problem with what Dyson said. The team has used that attitude all season long and it has carried them through these playoffs. I don’t think they really care if anyone was offended by it, whether that be the players, media or fans.

  17. Dizzy Dean says:

    It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.

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