OTC: Royals Return To K After Soggy 0-2 Start / KK Says Royals TV Not To Be Trusted


Ian Kinsler Tigers Royals“They’re not in trouble after two games. But they’re not beating the Tigers.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: So, Kietzman has determined after two games that the Royals are not beating the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central? There appears to be a number of Royals fans who agree with Kietzman – and they all very well could be correct. But our Royals just pushed the defending ALC champs and their two Cy Young Award winning starters into walk-off wins in chilly Detroit. That sure beats the holy hell out of Luke Hochevar giving up a seven-run first inning on Opening Day at The K. I’m going to wait a while before I toss in my Be Royal towel. 

“I love taking calls after a Royals game. I feel like we get the fans’ honest reactions.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Fans who call radio shows after their team loses can be entertaining but they are rarely worth the oxygen they expend. Kansas City radio hosts are WAY, WAY, WAY too polite with most of these bozos. They treat them like the drunk uncle who might leave them a fortune when he dies so they don’t want to offend him. Postgame hosts need to treat these guys like the props they are – and drive their dumbness down the fairway like it was teed up on a par five.

“Did they give him a single? Denny, seriously? I thought that was an easy play that any major leaguer should be able to make!”
Steve Physioc, on Lorenzo Cain’s infield single in the 10th inning past the Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez, Royals Radio
GH: I haven’t seen a minute of the Royals live yet due to this thing they call a job. I know Denny has been ill this week and is not in top form. But he almost refuses to be engaged in a conversation with his partner if it is not his inning to do play-by-play. Denny may have grunted a response to Physioc but it wasn’t much more than that. Talking should be so easy to a guy who has made radio his life for almost 50 years.

“What I’m suggesting is that the Royals didn’t want you to see (the replay)! … Clearly there were video angles that the Kansas City fans did not see. I cannot in a million years figure out how the Royals – or any major-league team – will not have the replay that people sitting in a room in New York City will have. … I can’t trust Royals’ television broadcasts anymore.”
Kevin Kietzman, stating that the Fox Sports broadcast did not show all the available replays of a call that was overturned, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman might be on to something here but since he carries the reputation of such a crazed conspiracy theorist, I take everything he says as if he were…well, uh, Kevin Kietzman.

“(Alcides Escobar) was the worst offensive player in major-league baseball last year among regulars. You have the right to pinch-hit for him.”
Danny Clinkscale, on Ned Yost’s decision to not pinch-hit for his light-hitting shortstop in the eighth inning against the reigning Cy Young Award winner, 810 AM
GH: What other manager doesn’t pinch hit in this situation? Any? How did David Glass watch this go down and not go George Steinbrenner on Yost? Let’s hope he did.

“Pinch-hitting for guys gets in their dome. And you don’t want to get in their dome in the second game. When nobody is really swinging the bat good.”
Ned Yost, defending his decision to not hit Justin Maxwell for Escobar, Kansas City Star
GH: Maybe we need to change Yost’s nickname from Nervous Ned to Dr. Dome. He  worries way too much about his guys’ domes and not enough about winning the damn game. This isn’t St. Mary’s CYO team. This is where they pay you millions of dollars to be average.

“Guys are allowed to have off years. It doesn’t mean they’re going to be terrible for the rest of their careers.”
Ned Yost, defending Escobar’s dismal season at the plate in 2013 after a breakout season in 2012, Kansas City Star
GH: Ned should know. He’s had an off career.

“Yeah, absolutely. I gave (Billy Butler) the green light.”
Ned Yost, when asked if he was okay with Butler swinging at a 3-0 pitch in the first inning, despite Scherzer walking two of the first three hitters he faced, 810 AM

“There is no reason from this point forward to give Billy Butler the green light – especially against Max Scherzer.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Of course Butler hit into an inning-ending double play in the first and the Royals didn’t score until the ninth. Ned Yost likes to talk about getting into his players’ domes. This green light sure didn’t help the psyche of his fragile squad.

“I couldn’t find the plate today. It was just one of those days.”
Tim Collins, who pitched the tenth inning for the Royals and took the loss after walking two batters and giving up the walk-off single to Ian Kinsler, 810 AM
GH: The Royals have lost two one-run games in their opponent’s final at-bats but Yost has not found an opportunity to pitch his closer, Greg Holland. With Collins knowing he didn’t have it Wednesday and having already walked two, Yost allowed him to stay on the mound and get the loss. What about Tim Collins’ dome? What about my dome???!!!

“I think allowing Mike Moustakas to wear a Royals’ uniform is bordering on a bad decision.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Ouch! That’s a bit rough on the dome of the Royals’ poster child for fragile domeness.

“If the (Royals) offense would have just scored four runs the first game and three runs yesterday the Royals would be 2-0.”
Bob Fescoe, who appears to be vying for the role of Master of the Obvious in evaluating the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe has evolved from David/Dan Glass antagonist into one of the local media’s most ardent Royals defenders and apologists. Maybe it is simply because his station is the Royals radio rights holder but Fescoe now goes out of his way to defend almost every move Ned Yost makes. Maybe Yost will prove me wrong and become the next Tony La Russa. But having Fescoe in your corner typically just adds another guy you have to fight for the dunce cap.

“It’s interesting that three (basketball players) from Missouri would be going pro (early) and it’s possible none of them will be first-round draft picks. I think what’s frustrating for Missouri fans is that not only are first-round picks not coming back but guys that aren’t first-round picks aren’t coming back.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Phil Pressey leaving early last year and the recent announcements from Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown that they will be entering the NBA draft, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou fans should be even more concerned that with three NBA-quality players the past two seasons their Tigers continue to meow and not roar in the SEC.

“I think both Kansas schools should be concerned about losing a kid that went across state lines (to Missouri) to play for a school in the SEC.”
Nate Bukaty, on the news that Blue Valley HS’s four-star offensive guard, A. J. Harris has committed to Mizzou, 810 AM
GH: According to Rinals.com, the 6’3, 297-pound Harris received offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State. If I was Harris’ dad I would have ranked KU at or near the bottom of that list and KSU about sixth. I can’t see where losing a kid this good is all that shocking or embarrassing to the Kansas programs. If every recruit stayed home and played for his local school, KSU, KU, Nebraska and ISU would really be screwed.

“Just put in my verbal commitment to MU! Can’t wait to spend my college years playing here.”
AJ Harris, @CrazyHorseAJ, in an April 1st tweet, Twitter
GH: CrazyHorseAJ? This kid sounds like a defensive lineman in an offensive lineman’s body. He should be fun to watch.

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Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.

10 Responses to OTC: Royals Return To K After Soggy 0-2 Start / KK Says Royals TV Not To Be Trusted

  1. Chance says:

    Thank God someone agrees with me! The Tigers pitching, especially Verlander and Scherzer, are tough. We lost two 1 run games to the defending division champs. CHILL everyone!

    • JP says:

      +1000 I can understand that some fans getting antsy, that is what they will do. However, the “experts” on the radio should know better. These guys like KK are basically ignorant and think this is football. It’s not, baseball is a different beast.

      It’s a long season, and these two games will not make or break the Royals season. We haven’t played meaningful baseball in so long that we forgot how to be baseball fans. It’s a marathon season and your goal is to win series. Give it 20-30 games, and we will have a better idea on what this season will bring. I would take the town bum’s opinion on the Royals more credibly than either TJ or KK.

      • Bob Sacamano says:

        I think the reason fans are frustrated is because you had a chance to take two from the Tigers Aces and they didn’t. You get 3 runs on Verlander in 6 innings, you really missed an opportunity. Same with Vargas only giving up 1 run against Scherzer, how many times is Vargas only going to give up 1 run?

      • BlackJack says:

        Just keep telling yourself that. Pretty soon you will look up and find the Royals out of playoff contention.There have absolutely been plenty of seasons past when the Royals have found themselves out of the race by June or even May, due to slow starts.

        These games are very important if they want to be contenders, specially against the Tigers.

  2. Phaedrus says:

    If the Royals just score ONE more run than their opponent in every game this season, they will be 162 – 0

  3. The Independent Rage says:

    Methinks Harris will earn his Crazy Horse moniker before it’s all said and done, whereas Fesco should’ve lost all rights to his ridiculous “bulldog” nickname years ago. Bullfrog, in contrast, is one to which I could abide.

  4. Juan Pablo says:

    GH: I know Denny has been ill this week and is not in top form. But he almost refuses to be engaged in a conversation with his partner..

    I listen to them for a couple innings it was painful . Denny sounded sick, mad and just about said nothing.

  5. Max Fischer - Rushmore Yankee 1985-1997. says:

    From the broadcast booth to the managerial seat, the Royals are a frickin’ train wreck.

  6. FJH says:

    MU sports is just a flurry of draft departures and ARRESTS. C’mon Zach – twice in one day? At least MU leads the SEC in the category of felonies.