“According to numerous polls, America’s favorite color is blue. So is the world’s. Blue unites. In other news: #RoyalsInFirst.”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, Twitter
GH: JoPo has promised to tweet out a shout out to the Royals every day this season that the team is in first place. May his fingers bleed from exhaustion – but knowing Joe’s stamina at the keyboard, that might not happen until Zager & Evans’ favorite year arrives. #2525
“Gas station here in central Kentucky is distributing Royals pocket schedules. Mixup? Or are we truly becoming a #RoyalsNation?”
Todd Probus, @tprobus, responding to JoPo’s above tweet, Twitter
GH: When Greg Holland got Evan Longoria to swing and miss on strike three in the ninth as the Royals clung to a 9-8 lead, I got a bit of a chill. These are the situations where the Royals almost always come out on the losing end. But Holland closed out the come-from-behind win and the Royals lead the ALC with a 15-10 record on May 2nd. Okay, it is not time to invoke the great Jack Buck’s famous, “Go crazy, folks!” line but feel free to at least get dizzy.
“It’s May 1st Greg. This is the Royals we’ve been down this road b4. Be excited but expect the Royals to eventually be the Royals.”
Chris Hamblin, @HamblinRadio, attempting to calm my exuberance over the Royals’ start, Twitter
GH: Hamblin is right – we have been here before. But this feels different. A lot different.
“When (James Shields) is not pitching he is the most important guy in the dugout. He’s the guy that we really needed.”
Eric Hosmer, 610 AM
GH: Shields is one of those difference makers as to why this Royals’ start feels different. The way he walked off the mound after the seventh Tuesday night with a warrior’s look on his face and then an aggressive flick of his shoulder told me all I need to know about Big Game James. He is all in.
“This team has a little bit of a swagger to it. I think that’s because of James Shields.”
Joel Goldberg, 810 AM
“It’s a long season, but these last 2 nights have been freaking awesome.”
Mike Welch, @MikeWelchSR, after the Royals’ second comeback win in a row, Twitter
“There was a time not long ago that the Mighty Mike Jacobs led the #Royals to an 18-11 record into mid May. #ImJustSayin #FirstPlace.”
Tim Scott, @timscott411, the former in-stadium PA host for the Royals, Twitter
GH: Scott and Hamblin aren’t buying in just yet. They are probably correct in their hesitance to believe. But if you can’t enjoy this, what the heck are you waiting to enjoy?
“Every Royals win this season has me thinking of the start of the Buffalo Springfield song, ‘Stop, Hey What’s That Sound.’ … There’s something happenin here. What it is ain’t exactly clear…’ – Kansas City Royals.”
Lorenzo Butler, @LorenzoButlerPR, Twitter
“Big, big win. The Royals are going to start believing they can come back from any deficit. Are they mirroring last year’s Orioles?”
Karl Zinke, @ZinkeEJC, Twitter
GH: John Renshaw, a lifelong Orioles fan, began this baseball season by wishing me and Royals’ fans the kind of season he and Baltimore enjoyed last summer…and The Freak is due for a few wishes to be granted.
“@Koreanfan_KC you get the time off, i got the flight. Make it happen brother. #respect.”
Danny Duffy, @DannyDuffy805, Twitter
GH: How cool is this? Duffy reaches out online to a Korean Royals fan and tells him to get the time off for a trip to KC and he’ll pick up the flight. And you don’t think things are different this summer at The K?
“Duffy did things in minors with his $ most fans will never know about-he’s very generous which is why offer to @Koreanfan_KC is just him.”
Greg Schaum, @Greg_Schaum, Twitter
“Seriously, if all athletes got it regarding fans like @DannyDuffy805 does- you think we could root for him any harder? Class act, young man!”
Robert Sigrist, @DocSig, Twitter
“This was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played in. I started with no undershirt on, and by the ninth inning I wanted to get in the hot tub. It had to drop 30 degrees during that game.”
Jeff Francoeur, on the temperature drop during Thursday night’s game, Kansas City Star
GH: I mowed yards Wednesday evening and I went through the same uniform changes as Frenchy while listening to the game’s early innings. Lezak is calling for 2-6 inches of snow here tomorrow!
“As they say in Boston – it’s gonna be wicked bad!”
Steve Physioc, Royals radio & TV play-by-play voice, on the weather forecast for Thursday’s afternoon game at The K, 610 AM
“The lineup is good, man. When we start getting on it, we smell blood, it seems like.”
Elliot Johnson, Royals’ utility infielder who hit a solo homer Wednesday night, Kansas City Star
“This is new territory (for the Royals). We’re setting new (ratings) records on a regular basis. This is a baseball town but they need a product. They have a product now.”
Joel Goldberg, Royals TV host, Fox Sports KC
“I was talking to Jeff Montgomery yesterday and I said, ‘Monty, name a better starting staff in all of baseball?’ And we were going through all the teams and there are none! The (Royals) pitchers are making some of these so-called good-hitting ball clubs look absolutely horrible! How are they winning? It’s just outstanding pitching now.”
Mike Mcfarlane, 810 AM
“I believe Detroit’s not only the best team in the American League Central, I believe they are the best team in baseball. Their rotation is fantastic.”
Steve Physioc, 610 AM
“I don’t understand why Moose is just jogging right here. Watch him, he just shuts it down. If something happens and that outfielder kicks that ball, he’s not in position to go to third base. I don’t know why he is jogging into bases like that. You can’t assume anything in this game. He did that the other night on a ball running from second to third. He just shut it down. He jogged the last few steps! I don’t know what that is. It’s not a full effort. It’s not a good effort.”
Rex Hudler, critiquing Moustakas’ lackadaisical gate as he cruised into second base on a ball hit to right field Tuesday night against the Rays, Fox Sports KC
GH: This might have been Rex Hudler’s finest moment as a Royals’ broadcaster. Being a cheerleader is not what I want or need from an analyst. Being tough on a young player who dogs it is. Maybe the Wonder Dog isn’t too old to learn some new tricks.
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