“Going be strutting around like the guy on the gates BBQ sauce bottle all day (Tuesday).”
Gregor Avey, @gregoravey, after the Royals 13-0 win over the Twins, Twitter
GH: Gregor is not the only Royals’ fan emulating the famous Gates strut today. Walk tall Royals fans! Get yourself a cane, a top hat and feel good for a change that your team is on a serious professional roll in August.
“AwesOme Game Last Night.”
Willie Wilson, @wwbb6, Twitter
GH: 13-0? THIS is the offense we all hoped we would see once Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain, Gordon and Butler got rolling. Is it real? Read on.
“They’re real for now. … You’ve got to believe what you see. As for now, they’re for real.”
Ryan Lefebvre, when asked if the Royals are for real, 610 AM
GH: Okay, not the most ardent of proclamations but can you blame the Beav? All this might just be the lead in to another ugly ending but screw those thoughts for now. The Royals are kicking ass and taking games. Let’s revel in the carnage.
“I do believe that getting above .500 is going to remove a lot of question marks for this team next year in spring training.”
Ryan Lefebvre, 610 AM
GH: Screw .500. That kind of thinking is for losers. The Royals are five games over .500 on August 6th. They need to think about being 10 or 15 games over .500 come October. That’s what winners do.
“We’re having a great time!”
Billy Butler, assessing the attitude of the Royals team in an interview Monday before the Twins game with The Drive on 610 AM
GH: Everybody likes to win – even multimillionaire ball players. And nothing looks better than a winner in the hometown’s colors.
“This could be a really, really special summer and fall. No, I don’t have blue koolaid on corners of my mouth. This just has that…vibe.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen, Twitter
“7000 fans decide on the day of the game to purchase (Royals) tickets – on a Monday! That’s pretty good.”
Nate Bukaty, on the walk-up crowd for the Twins/Royals game Monday night, 810 AM
GH: 7,000 fans standing in line on a humid late August afternoon to purchase tickets to see the Twins and Royals? ON A MONDAY? I hope that Toby Cook and his gang have evrery available ticket window open all week long and every available Royals employee in those ticket booths selling tickets to these long-suffering Royals fans. Hell, Dave and Dan should be down there handing out donuts ala Bill Self!
“(Tuesday) big game james for a W. The second half is ours!!!”
Ervin Santana, @ErvinSantana_54, Twitter
“I’m a huge Chiefs fan but I could honestly care less about training camp right now. The Royals have me all in.”
Andrew Curtis, @AndrewCurtis24, Twitter
“Live at the K this morning talking about the @Royals hot streak.”
Matt Flener, @MattFlener, KMBC anchor/reporter, with a tweet during the 6:00 AM hour today, Twitter
GH: Covering the Royals like it’s 1985!
“Mike Moustakas is batting .322 with 4 homers and 11 RBI in 59 at-bats since the All-Star break. What a turnaround for Moose. Knock on wood.”
Jake Gutierrez, @JakeGuti, Twitter
GH: Mouse has been Mouse for much of the season but all is forgiven if he goes Hulk the final couple of months. BTW, how do you think George Brett feels about bolting on these guys? His decision to quit the team in midseason looks like he may miss out on being part of the best Kansas City summer in almost 30 years. You couldn’t suck it up for two more months, George?
“Football’s like a cult, dude. … It’s football. There’s no question about it. They love football. They love Arrowhead. They love the Chiefs. Baseball’s a great sport and it’s a summer sport – but it’s always going to be second tier. But it sure is fun. I sure enjoy baseball – it makes my summers.”
Bill Maas, former Chiefs’ nose tackle, when asked by Danny Parkins if Kansas City is a baseball town or a football town, 610 AM
GH: Debate the topic all you want – I’m just ecstatic we are having this conversation.
“It is a starved-for-a-winner town. That’s what it is.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
“Friday and Saturday nights should be sellouts. I don’t understand why there’s going to be 23,000 people at The K (Monday night). That’s a disappointing number.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: 23K is a disappointing number??? Parkins sounds like a dolt – or the Chicago-bred/Syracuse-educated numbskull he is. Attendance figures for a sporting event no longer have diddly to do with gauging the interest of a fan base. Only an owner cares about gate. The media – and Parkins is part of the media – should not care squat about selling out a stadium. Squat!
“Everybody says, ‘Give me a winner and I’ll go out there.’ They’re over .500! They’re playing their best baseball of the season! And they haven’t sold more than 20,000 tickets to any of these games (this homestand)! You cannot tell me that this town doesn’t have enough interest to sell 38,000 people for the Red Sox game. I want them to go to the stadium.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Danny want them to go the stadium? Does he work for the Royals? Why does a fan have to spend money to validate his/her fandom? They don’t. It’s an old ruse perpetuated by owners to make fans think they are “bad fans” if they don’t buy tickets. It’s dumber than Dog the Bounty Hunter.
“I’m not going to fault anybody for enjoying a beer and watching the game at home. I’ve got no problem sitting at home watching at on Fox Sports Kansas City. I think things have changed as a culture and a society. 52% would much rather watch a game at home.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: And man oh man are Royals fans watching the games at home…and in bars…and in restaurants…and anywhere else they can view their Boys in Blue. Read on.
“Monday’s Royals game sets another ratings record. Monday’s 13-0 win over Minnesota game was the highest-rated Royals telecast ever on FOX Sports Kansas City, earning a 10.2 household rating in the Kansas City market. It was the second game in a row, and third in four days, to reach a new all-time high. Data is courtesy of The Nielsen Co. Monday’s game peaked at a 12.3 rating (115,000 households). It was the most-watched TV program of the day in Kansas City. Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City are averaging a 6.1 in 2013, up 56 percent over last season.”
Geoff Goldman, Fox Sports
“It appears that a young lady fell into the fountains out in left field. … Maybe she jumped in the fountain. They’ve gotten her out…and now she runs away. As Maxwell swings and fouls it away. Tiptoeing along the edge of the fountain. And now she is going to try and crawl up the wall in left field. There are as many people watching that as there are watching the game right now.”
Ryan Lefebvre, giving play-by-play of Fountain Fan at The K, Royals Radio
GH: This drunk received way too much media attention for being an ass. I guess that’s what happens when the Royals are hanging a 13-0 beat down in the Twins. Here is the link of one’s fan’s viewpoint of Fountain Dork.
“Bare minimum, it should be the same as the A-Rod suspension.”
Nate Bukaty, when asked what penalty Fountain Fan should receive for jumping into the left-field fountains Monday night, 810 AM
GH: I would ban her for life from The K and then I’d get Arrowhead to ban her as well. You need to show idiots that they need to find a new line of work.
“I think the (Kansas City) fans right now are a little bit confused. Usually the baton has been passed from one side of the Truman Sports Complex to the other. … It’s unbelievable what’s going to be happening Friday night in this town.”
Jay Binkley, on Kansas City-area fans trying to decide whether to attend or watch the Royals game versus the Red Sox at The K or watch the Chiefs’ preseason opener in New Orleans, 610 AM
GH: What a delicious dilemma to have to deal with. Is this really Kansas City? I might have to go by Smartman’s grave and douse it with some Smokin’ Guns BBQ sauce. He wouldn’t believe what’s going on in his town.
“I’d rather not put a blade to my head. It seems creepy to me. I’ve never seen my scalp.”
Kevin Kietzman, on whether he’ll use a razor or electric shaver to shave his head should the Royals make the playoffs, 810 AM
GH: I would like to see KK’s head shaving performed by Mayor Charlie Wheeler wielding a straight edge.
“(Jason) Sudeikis is wearing an Oklahoma Joe’s shirt in his new film, We’re the Millers.”
Kara Marxer, newscaster, after Good Morning America surprised the Shawnee Mission West grad with Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ on the set, 980 AM
GH: So now OKJ’s is going to be even more difficult to get in at lunch? Bring on the rookies!
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