“Thank god everybody else is so bad because we’re not good right now.”
Mike Boddicker, on the Royals recent stretch of play, 810 AM
GH: Royals fans are not going to be picky HOW the Royals get to the postseason – and that is a good thing because Tuesday night’s win over a hapless Rangers team was rife with base-running goofs, wild-swinging at bats and relief pitching just good enough to beat a team as bad as Texas. BTW, the Rangers do not plan on being bad for long. They have five of their minor league teams in the postseason.
“I actually think the Royals are swinging at even worse pitches than they usually do. I didn’t know that was possible.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, during the Royals 2-1 win over Texas Tuesday night, Twitter GH: This wild-swinging malady appears to affect almost every Royals batter. The worst offenders are Salvy (who might be the most undisciplined hitter on a team of undisciplined hitters), Moose and Butler. How Butler can look so bad and yet be such a talented hitter is just goofy. He is not your classic bad-ball hitter. He rocks mistake pitches, but he looked as lost Tuesday night as a rookie. I am beginning to think Butler is going to allow the return of Hosmer to destroy his newfound confidence at the plate. What a shame.
“19,435 at The K (Tuesday night). Approximately 145,000 at last 5 games.”
Vahe Gregorian, @vgregorian, Twitter
GH: Almost 20K at The K for Ned on a Tuesday night. Just more evidence that Yost’s whining about fan support was dumb and inaccurate.
“I don’t like pitching against my friends. … That memory is still too fresh in my mind.” Jason Frasor, Royals reliever, after he contributed to the Royals 2-1 win Tuesday night over his ex-Rangers teammates, FoxSports KC
GH: Frasor was interview on the field following the game by Joel Goldberg. He appeared to be emotional when he discussed facing his former teammates. Some did not favor Frasor’s forlorn favoritism. Read on.
“Sorry Jason Frasor but I can give 2 squirts of piss that you don’t like pitching against your ‘friends.’ That’s pretty lame dude.”
Jake Gutierrez, @JakeGuti, Twitter
GH: When I read Jake’s tweet last night I chuckled and thought he probably isn’t going to be happy the next morning that he sent that tweet out. Well, I was wrong. The Border Patrol built a pretty extensive segment around Frasor’s comment and Jake’s irreverent tweet. Let’s just say this is not the kind of segment you are likely to hear on Kevin Kietzman’s Between The Lines.
“(Frasor) looked like he was going to cry. I’ve got to go with Jake on this one. Even if you think that you don’t say it. He probably should have looked like he was going to cry and say he didn’t want to face his old teammates.”
Mike Boddicker, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: I like emotional athletes – especially in front of a camera or microphone. Frasor told Goldberg exactly how he felt. Good for him that he is mature enough to be able to do his job and still have empathy for his defeated friends.
“I just had a lot of confidence that (Aaron Crow) would come in and get the save. He’s the one guy (in the bullpen) who has come in and done it before.”
Ned Yost, on his decision to pitch Crow in the ninth Tuesday night to get the save, 810 AM
GH: If true, Ned Yost might have been the only person rooting for the Royals who had a lot of confidence in the former Mizzou pitcher coming out of the bullpen in the ninth. Where else but Ned’s world do you send a guy down to the minors and then put him in a must-win game the day he gets back to secure the save? Glad it work, Never Nervous Ned.
“Are you starting to feel the tide is turning for Alex Gordon to win the MVP?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: No. Love how Gordon has played for most of this season but he is not the AL MVP here or anywhere. But he could be setting himself up for an MVP season in 2015.
“It would be different if (Alex Gordon) was 23. I think we’re past the point where that would make sense. This is one of the few times I never really had a problem with what the Royals decided to do.”
Rob Neyer, when asked by Soren Petro why the Royals haven’t moved Gordon from left field to right field, 810 AM
GH: If people think Yost and the Royals are going to catch some criticism for messing with Billy Butler now that Hosmer is back, imagine the howling if they moved Gordon from left field. I like Gordon right where he is, thank you.
“Michael Sam reportedly will take a physical Wednesday at Valley Ranch, meaning the Dallas Cowboys could sign the NFL’s first openly gay player to the practice squad. Should it all come to pass, the only reason anyone ought to take offense is if he can’t play. Because the Cowboys already have more than enough of those kinds of players. … Until he settles in with a team that keeps him, Sam will remain a story bigger than his status would imply. But that, too, should pass. If he makes the Cowboys’ practice squad, works hard and basically does what he did in St. Louis, he’ll fit right in.”
Kevin Sherrington, columnist, Dallas Morning Times
GH: I would like to see Sam get a shot at playing in the NFL but the odds appear long. Even if he gets signed to a practice squad, that is still a long way from making it onto an NFL field. Hopefully, Sam prepared himself for life without football, like most college athletes must do to survive.
“Good offensive line, pretty solid defense. They’ve got the right coach…kind of s sleeper team to be honest. I think their season is all wrapped up in Jake Locker.”
Kevin Harlan, when asked to evaluate the Tennessee Titans, 810 AM
“I think you’re going to be blown away by the Chiefs on Sunday. I think they are going to win going away.”
Kevin Kietzman, predicting the Chiefs will roll the Titans, 810 AM
GH: I will give Kietzman this, he is the first I have heard to come out with this prediction. Maybe he is looking to get back on that ridiculous professional roll!
“John Dorsey’s 2013 draft class looks incredibly weak when you now look at the (results).” Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Dorsey is catching some heat as the Chiefs enter season two of his regime. It is odd for a second-year GM who is coming off a playoff season to be considered a failure but that is how bad the Chiefs preseason looked and Dorsey’s draft picks have played.
“D’Anthony Thomas is going to line up and play a lot! They are going to play him all over the field. He has impressed me a lot.”
Terez Paylor, Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, on the Chiefs fourth-round draft pick out of Oregon, 610 AM
GH: Loved this pick and hope Terez is right. It will be fun to watch Thomas and McCluster on the field together (albeit on opposite sidelines) Sunday at Arrowhead.
“Only 30 days until college basketball season officially begins…”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, Twitter