“Some interesting moves by the skipper at the end there, huh? I’m sure this is going to be the focus of most of your calls.”
Josh Klingler, host of 610’s Royals postgame show, opening his Royals postgame call-in show following Detroit’s walk-off opening day 4-3 win over the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Ahhhh, Ned. Bringing back Ned for the Royals first real season of expectations in 20 years means may a loss will be dissected and kick about on talk radio like it was the seventh game of the World Series. But that is a topic most of Kansas City knows almost nothing about. And might well continue to know nothing about with Ned calling the shots.
“Ned Yost uses 1970s baseball in 2014.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
“This is going to sound mean but I am going to the whip with James Shields this season. I am not going to worry about his arm and I am not going to worry about his future.”
Kevin Kietzman, discussing why Ned chose to remove his ace after Shields put two on in the sixth innings, 810 AM
GH: Danny Clinkscale cautioned Kietzman that Yost still needs to be concerned about Shields’ health throughout this season – which is correct. But I side with KK on this one. Shields needs to be on the mound for seven or eight innings each outing if the Royals are going to come close to recouping what they lost in the Wil Myers trade. BTW, Wil got the game winner for the Rays Monday hitting second in their lineup.
“(Wade Davis) walks Alex Avila and I am freaking out. … Would I have ridden Wade Davis out for the rest of the ninth inning? Yes, I probably would have had to there.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Wade Davis was the long-term reason for the Wil Myers trade. Maybe the Royals should just pass on all future pitchers named Davis.
“You must win this game!”
Kevin Kietzman, citing the Royals having a 3-1 lead in the seventh with James Shields on the mound in Detroit on opening day, 810 AM
GH: I didn’t hear anyone throwing in the towel after one loss but KK’s is correct in stating these types of games are the ones which winners win and losers lose. If Yost needed to replace Shields in the seventh, I would have brought in Holland to put out the fire. The game looked to me to be won or lost there and Yost went with Crow. I know that is what conventional baseball now teaches – to save your closer for the ninth – but the seventh inning was far more important in this game.
“Do you believe in the adage that the manager only affects five games a year? Was this one of Ned Yost’s five?”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I think the old adage is closer to 10 or 15 games a season – and a lot of that depends on the ego of the manager. Ned thinks he’s a pretty smart guy and that makes him even more dangerous.
“The break between wins and losses is a whisker, blown side to side by the winds of the day. Often, that wind comes from the bullpen. Usually, that wind blew the Royals’ way last year. That doesn’t mean it will again.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger didn’t say the Royals’ bullpen is going to be a disaster this season but he strongly implies that we should not expect another brilliant season out of the pen. Screw that. I am expecting these guys to be damn skippy since Dayton Moore didn’t think he needed to add any power to this lineup.
“You’re definitely going to have your successes and your failures. And in this game, when it comes to the draft, your failures outweigh your successes. … It’s very easy to look back on any draft and second-guess what you should do or what you shouldn’t do. And it’s cowardly for either people in the industry or outside the industry, in the media — it’s cowardly to criticize it. Because that’s just not how it works. It’s very inexact.”
Dayton Moore, Kansas City Star
GH: I want to like Dayton Moore. I do. He sounds sincere when he is interviewed and he appears to work his job with great diligence. But when he sounds like he thinks he is above criticism, he sounds like a spoiled brat whose adult life has been shielded from reality by the cocoon that is MLB. “It’s cowardly for either people in the industry or outside the industry, in the media — it’s cowardly to criticize it. Because that’s just not how it works.” No Dayton, that is EXACTLY how it works. The cowards are those who expect it to be different their work and never challenged. You can read Andy McCullough’s complete article here at kansascity.com.
“84 wins. They’re going to be second place in the Central behind Detroit. I think they take a little step back in 2014 and then they’re a playoff team in 2015.”
Brian McRae, on his prediction for the Royals season, 810 AM
“I’ve got (the Royals) first place with 88 wins.”
Jason Stark, after Soren Petro asked his prediction for the Royals, 810 AM
“I’m going to go with 84 (wins for the Royals) but who knows? You never know.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
“So now the Royals are about to enter a season with their highest expectations since the strike. This is the best team they’ve had in at least two decades, at least on paper, and there is a certain swagger with this group. … More than anything else, the success or failure of a critical Royals season will be measured by whether these guys grow or shrink in the face of real expectations.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas city.com
GH: Expectations. Too often in the world of sports high expectations are pointed to as the reason for failure. The expectations for Andrew Wiggins were unattainable we were told. The expectations for David Glass’ Royals were always tempered because Kansas City is/was a “small market franchise.” Expectations are not something to shrink from but rather embrace. I would offer that just as many “experts” expect nothing more from the Royals than a mere .500 season or close to it. Real expectations do not arrive until there is some success behind the reasoning for the expectations. These Royals are not under much more pressure than the last 20 years of Royals. To make people really believe you have to first do. Time to do, Royals. Way past due to do.
“We will let Denny rest his voice as he is fighting through opening day number 46 in his career.”
Steve Physioc, after Matthews’ first two innings of the season, Royals Radio
GH: Denny sounded like he was up drinking gin all night playing poker in a smoky train car with Babe Ruth. I hope he gets well over the Royals’ off day in Detroit and comes back Wednesday with a better voice and a little excitement for his profession.
“Obviously we are aware. It was brought to our attention and (I) certainly am extremely disappointed with what’s transpired and the judgment that went along with it. To say anything else publicly is something that would be inappropriate at this time, but it will be addressed and it will be handled internally.”
Bill Self, when asked about a photo of naked Naadir Tharpe and a busty blonde with her bustiness exposed to Naadir’s smiling face, KUSports.com
GH: The concerning part of this photo is that it appears to have been taken by Tharpe himself. I don’t think any of us are surprised that college students get naked with each other. But if Tharpe did take the photo and then distributed it to others, he is one dumb senior-to-be point guard at an elite basketball program. A lucky one mind you, but a dumb one as well.
“I’d like to begin by saying how humbled and appreciative I am to the University of Missouri and the City of Columbia for the warm reception I received in 2012, when I arrived after transferring from the University of Tulsa. Everyone associated with Mizzou, the coaches, my teammates, administration and fans welcomed me in with open arms and afforded me the opportunity to continue my dream of getting an education and playing basketball at such a prestigious university. Words simply cannot express the gratitude I feel towards Coach Haith for bringing me into this program and helping me leave this spring as a University of Missouri graduate!”
Jordan Clarkson, in a letter announcing his decision to forgoe his senior year of eligibility at Mizzou, Mizzou Athletics
GH: I don’t know if Clarkson wrote this note or if he had help, but this is how you announce you are leaving a university. It sounds to me like Clarkson not only is graduating but also paid attention in class.
Bill Self, responding to Andrew Wiggins’ lamenting that he would like to do it again at Kansas just as he was announcing he was leaving for the NBA after his freshman season, Fox 4
GH: Wiggins’ mom turned some heads when she mentioned how grateful she was that her son was leaving Kansas healthy. I think that might be some foreshadowing as to what Joel Embiid’s announcement will soon be.
“Incredible stat – the last 3 teams to beat Florida are Wisconsin, UCONN & Michigan.”
Steve Weissman, @SWeissmanESPN, Twitter
2014 Off The Couch NCAA CBB Tourney Standings
- Nathan Ansley 261 Florida
- Shawn Bruce 249 MSU
- Brian D. Cook 247 Florida
- Caleb Hopkins 246 Florida
- Jeff Gage 246 Florida
- Mark Marriott 237 Louisville
- Martin Asher 236 Florida
- Gabe DeArmomnd 234 Florida
- Andy Higgins 233 Florida
- Adam Plous 231 Florida
Ramon Martinez 231 Florida
Robert DuPrau 231 MSU
GH: I feel good about my 15th place position and my pick of Wisconsin as the winner. If the Badgers can win it all, I might win the whole thing. How about that for some swag!
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