OTC: Royals Rock Verlander’s World Like They Were Kate Upton / USA Beats Ghana / Carrington Gets Real W/ Kim Anderson

“If the Royals beat the Tigers (Tuesday), they will be in first place at the 70-game mark for the first time since…1980.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli
GH: The same year a gapped-tooth George Brett flirted with the magical number .400. Number 5 ended up hitting .390. Read that sentence again and then genuflect.

“The 2 through 5 hitters for the Royals tonight: 9-for-19, 7 RBI.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, on the Royals night against Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Twitter
GH: The Royals are starting to capture the attention of baseball’s talking heads around the country. Winning eight in a row will do that – especially when this recent hot streak includes the Cardninals, Yankees and Justin Verlander. 

“In his last six games, Billy Butler is hitting .456 (10 for 22) with 10 RBIs. Small sample size, but still pretty good.”
Pete Grathoff, @pgrathoff, Twitter
GH: Butler has been so bad this season that many of us were concerned he might have forgotten how to hit. It looks like he is remembering just in time. 

“When I looked at it (on TV), that was probably one of my better catches. Making a play and then going and actually seeing it — wow. I kind of impressed myself a little bit.” Lorenzo Cain, on his spectacular diving catch in right center Monday night off a drive by J.D. Martinez in the sixth inning, MLB.com
GH: Cain might be the quietest budding superstar Royals fans have had the pleasure to root for in a decade. Cain, Alex Gordon and that big ballpark are three very good reasons for free-agent pitchers to want to sign with the Royals.

“The five-year, $140M extension Justin Verlander signed doesn’t start until 2015. His 4.98 ERA this year is 91st of 99 qualifying pitchers.”
Jeff Passan, @JeffPassan, Twitter GH: All those high pitch count innings that Verlander absorbed over the years might be coming back for payment in 2014. A broken Verlander could make the Tigers payroll a heavy burden over the next five years. 

“Everyone was saying even as he gets older and loses velocity, he’s got the pitches to get people out. Right now, he’s scuffling and everyone’s saying he’s done. I don’t think he’s done. I think Justin Verlander will be just fine.”
Brad Ausmus, Tigers manager, MLB.com

“If I was up in the stands, I’d boo myself too. I will get better. They’ll cheer again.”
Justin Verlander, on the hometown fans booing him Monday night, MLB.com

“Still wouldn’t want to face Detroit pitching in a postseason series.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter GH: Playoffs? Playoffs? The Royals in the playoffs? Line up the Tigers, Bears and the Wicked Witch of the North. If the Royals are in the playoffs who cares if the opponent is chucking fireballs from their broom?

“Leaving.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Star, when asked by Nate Bukaty what his favorite thing about Detroit is, 810 AM

“Incredible. I don’t even know what to say. That was…that was beautiful! That was American. Whether it was the set pieces or defending like banshees, or even when things happened and being able to adjust. This guy right here, Jürgen Klinsmann, has done something that Bob Bradley and Bruce Arenas couldn’t do – that’s beat Ghana in the World Cup. And it happened today in the most American of ways. This was a wonderful game.”
Alexi Lalas, former USA soccer superstar, soccer analyst, ESPN
GH: The written words of Lalas’ comments do not do them justice. He spoke from the heart with passion built up from a lifetime of playing and representing his country on the pitch. 

“I told some teammates that I had a dream like two days before that I score in the 80th minute. Now it’s the 86th minute. I’m happy about that.”
John Brooks, on his game-winning header against Ghana, ESPN

“Amazing night in Natal !! Our fans were all over the stadium !! FANTASTIC !! 3 points and now looking forward to Manaus !!!”
Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the USA World Cup squad, @J_Klinsmann, Twitter

“We’re calling it. This is the best celebration of tonight’s amazing John Brooks winner–WATCH: slate.me/1sk9tTy pic.twitter.com/yVjQtfPm8d”
@Slate, Twitter
GH: Kansas City might not be the nation’s best soccer town but they might be as well. This city has morphed into one of the sport’s most avid advocates. Thank you Cerner.  

“I think a lot of people like yourself are looking in with some apprehension. That’s alright, I understand that. There are folks out there that probably wanted a bigger name. And there are ones who are glad to have a piece of the past back. We’ll just go forth and hopefully build a good basketball team.”
Kim Anderson, in an interview with Carrington Harrison, after Harrison admitted to him that he was not initially fond of the hire, 610 AM
GH: This was a brave move by the young Harrison. He flat told Anderson that he was not in favor of Mike Alden hiring the DII coach and that he still has some misgivings. You don’t get that kind of honestly in a lot of face-to-face interviews. I was impressed.

“When they had the press conference and introduced you, I thought, ‘Man, this guy loves Missouri like I do!’ So maybe I’m not 100% behind the hire, but because of that I will certainly give it a lot of time to see if it will work.”
Carrington Harrison, openly addressing his initial concerns with MU hiring him Anderson out of DII, 610 AM

“I understand the young (MU fans’ reluctance to accept him). My son’s about your age. He was for me…. But that’s part of the job. No matter who they would have hired there would have been people who would have been for it and people who would have been disappointed. I don’t let that bother me. I just go out and try to do my job and prove yto everybody this was the right hire.”
Kim Anderson, in his interview with Anderson, 610 AM
GH: Anderson has been almost perfect since he owned that initial press conference. If he can coach half as well as he can communicate, MU just might have stumbled upon their missing piece to their past. 

“I think Kansas says yes (to playing Missouri) the day Mike Alden leaves Mizzou.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Is Alden that much of a Boogey Man to the Jayhawks? Isn’t he the guy Lew Perkins out-danced to the Orange Bowl? I would think KU would be quite fond of Alden staying at Mizzou.  

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30 Responses to OTC: Royals Rock Verlander’s World Like They Were Kate Upton / USA Beats Ghana / Carrington Gets Real W/ Kim Anderson

  1. Rick says:

    The Cards were not part of the 8 game win streak

  2. Richard Cranium says:

    Every single name that wasn’t Lalas is completely foreign (HA!) to me and just about anyone else who does not like communist futbol. And I don’t see that changing much too soon, no matter how many non-champion “championships” they win across the street from NFM.

    • Greg Hall says:

      My short stint in radio included hosting Lalas’ weekly radio show here in KC. What a great guy. He is one of the reasons soccer is now becoming a passion of American sports. He is also one of the few guys I know who looks better at 45 than he did at 30.

    • Kyle R says:

      Matt Besler sounds too foreign to you? I get Graham Zusi not sounding that American but, he’s born here too.

  3. geoknows says:

    You are indeed correct, sir. Two against the Yankees, two against the Indians, three against the White Sox, and one against the Tigers. That’s how they got to eight in a row.

  4. Jeff Gelski says:

    Rick is correct. Royals lost 4-2 to Yankees on June 6, or the day after beating the Cardinals 3-2.

  5. david says:

    GH: The Royals are starting to capture the attention of baseball’s talking heads around the country. Winning eight in a row will do that – especially when those eight include the Cardinals, Yankees and Justin Verlander.

    GH: Butler has been so bad this season that many of us were concerned he might have forgotten how to hit. It looks like he is remembering just in time.

    GH: Cain might be the quietest budding superstar Royals fans have had the pleasure to root for in a decade. Cain, Alex Gordon and that big ballpark are three very good reasons for free-agent pitchers to want to sign with the Royals.

    None of that matters. Ken Harvey once was hit by a cutoff throw, Luke Hochevar was drafted #1, Hosmer and Dyson were mean to 810 and Ned is arrogant. That’s what’s important.

    • Greg Hall says:

      david,
      You forgot Billy getting doubled off at second last night by 80 feet.

      • Phaedrus says:

        Didn’t a Royals outfielder also climb the fence only to have the ball land 10 feet in front of him?

        I think one of them had a problem getting a pair of sunglasses too.

        • Joe Blow says:

          Chip Ambres jogged in instead of catching a fly ball. Ken Harvey got stuck behind the tarp. Tony Pena showered with his uniform on. Tony Pena quit after he banged the neighbor’s wife. Mark Redman was the all-star..

          Is this a Posnanski column at this point? Minus 9000 words..

    • Tiberius Gracchus says:

      I cant wait till opening day next year!

  6. BlackJack says:

    Incredible atmosphhere at the P&L last night – over 10K strong.

    It was fun to see the small throng of Ghana supporters get sprayed with beer when Brooks headed in the corner kick from Zusi for the game clincher. Like Lalas said, it was the most American of performances.

    If USMNT can get healthy by Sunday, and somehow find a way to put the clamps on Ronaldo, and get another 3 points it will put them through to the knockout stages. they will need to play much better than yesterday, though.

    If that happens, the P&L will not be able to contain the crowd for THAT watch party.

    • Richard Cranium says:

      Uggh. JoCo Yuppie Scum paying $8 to pour a beer that no one would ever drink on each other and call it a “sporting” event. I have a hard time understanding you crackers. But as I understand it, you be shakin’

      • BlackJack says:

        That’s OK, Richard ol’ buddy. At this pace you will be the last holdout left standing, befuddled and clueless as to why everyone else on the bandwagon “gets” soccer besides you.

        We’ll just put you on your rocker with your blankey over you and keep you comfortable with Lawrence Welk tunes..

    • david says:

      “It was fun to see the small throng of Ghana supporters get sprayed with beer when Brooks headed in the corner kick from Zusi for the game clincher.” – Blackjack

      Spraying beer on folks = fun? Stay classy Blackjack

  7. Cold Water says:

    It’s cute to see Royals Fever slowly creeping into town. I haven’t caught it yet. There’s still plenty of time for a starter to go down, for Cain to go on the DL, for the team to go deer-in-the-headlights once they see their name atop the Central, and for Ned to be Ned.

    Soccer’s gaining momentum, but it’s still soccer. Guys still writhe on the ground after minor collisions. Offsides are often questionable and sometimes obviously wrong. And players still celebrate goals like they just found out God himself came down and promised them a direct ticket to Heaven.

    John Brooks goal was fantastic. But he must have laid on the ground for 30 seconds in celebration. Get your butt up! There’s still 10 minutes left. It’d be like Sal Perez doing cartwheels around the bases on a home run trot, then making love to the plate when he got home.

    • Joe Blow says:

      The offsides rule is the worst thing about soccer..

    • TO says:

      If you hate the emotion in soccer, you’d really hate the celebrations in the NFL. It seems a different type of cancer is cured by scoring a TD.

    • Markus Aurelius says:

      Winning Powerball was nice but all these tax forms are a drag. Finding buried treasure would be pretty cool but that would suck getting all sweaty and muddy. Sheesh — Cold Water is certainly an appropriate moniker is Negative Nancy is already taken. Who pissed in your lifetime supply of Wheaties?

      • Cold Water says:

        My point, is that soccer has a reputation of being a weenie sport, for lack of a better term, and whenever I watch a soccer game I can somewhat understand why soccer has that reputation. Players routinely WAY over-react to mild contact. Players lay on the ground grabbing a body part hoping to get a foul called and make facial expressions like they’re passing a kidney stone. If they don’t get the call, they pop up and continue playing seemingly unhurt. Players hug and grope each other after scoring goals. In Brooks’ case, he literally laid on the ground for about 30 seconds after scoring his goal. It was all about HIM. I’d understand if the game’s final horn sounded after his goal. But there was lots of time left. Imagine if Tom Brady or Jamaal Charles reacted the same way after a go-ahead TD with 2 minutes left in the game?

        Baseball has many ways to police itself when players start acting like weenies. Same for football. Basketball often times reminds me of soccer with the flopping and whiny-faces like Lebron.

  8. BlackJack says:

    Sorry david, didn’t mean to offend your crass -er class sensibilities. Maybe a night at the opera would be more your speed?

    As for the lessons in being classy, I will take my cues from you david and the rest of you KU/MU/Kstate fan mental giants, who hurl elementary school insults and witticisms at each other, and sophomoronic locker room humor.

  9. Say What? says:

    “It was fun to see the small throng of Ghana supporters get sprayed with beer when Brooks headed in the corner kick”

    That’s called being a shithead.

    • Markus Aurelius says:

      Not when the Ghana fans started it. You weren’t there — get all the facts before you start calling names.

  10. Joe Blow says:

    “If the Royals beat the Tigers (Tuesday), they will be in first place at the 70-game mark for the first time since…1980.”
    Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli

    Who cares? The Royals have actually been in first place multiple times since 1980. But the 70-game mark…that’s something! Rany really is the new Rob, he just feels like he has to shit on everything.

    “Leaving.”
    Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Star, when asked by Nate Bukaty what his favorite thing about Detroit is, 810 AM

    I’ve been to Detroit quite a few times, and most of it is really no different than any other big city. If you can’t find good places to enjoy, you aren’t trying..

  11. Notme says:

    After tonight’s win, check out some of the Detroit fan comments. For a team 2 hours out of first place, you would think the world is coming to an end.

    http://www.freep.com/comments/article/20140617/SPORTS02/306170130/detroit-tigers-kansas-city-royals

    http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2014/06/tigers_royals_max_scherzer.html

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