“It’s pretty clearly the easiest week of the season (home for 6 vs. MIN & HOU). If KC goes 5-1, it doesn’t mean everything’s magically fixed.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, prior to the Royals’ homestand featuring the lowly Twins and Astros, Twitter
GH: The Royals did go 5-1 and with their win Monday night over the Tigers they are on a six-game win streak. Should we be excited? Probably not. Are we excited? Hell, yes!
“Look: the Royals were 21-29 overall and 4-19 over the previous 3 1/2 weeks before (George) Brett was hired. And look: they are now 28-32 overall and 7-3 since he was hired. Magic! Brett fixed the team! His aura and his awesomeness have fixed the Royals, turned them (back?) into something resembling a playoff team! Except not really. … Look: the Royals were hitting .261 with a .314 on-base and .375 slugging percentage while averaging 4.0 runs before Brett was hired. And look: the Royals are hitting .236 with a .303 on-base and .325 slugging percentage while averaging 3.5 runs in 10 games with Brett.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansascity.com
GH: The moribund offense of the Royals is reason enough to consider the past six wins an aberration in another lost season. This team just doesn’t score runs. But their pitching is on a ridiculous professional roll – and now leads the Al in ERA.
“We probably hit too many balls in the air, to be honest with you. We hit some balls good. We pitched good. We played pretty good. We got beat.”
Jim Leyland, Tigers manager, on Detroit’s 3-2 loss in Kansas City, freep.com
GH: How about that for a short and sweet postgame critique?
“Going up there and taking pitches is much misunderstood is my point. It’s misunderstood in that you have to be a good hitter first before you can have a high on-base percentage and walks. … You don’t draft Hunter Dozier because he can walk. You draft Hunter Dozier because he can hit.””
Ryan Lefebvre, 610 AM
GH: Lefebvre was interviewed by Danny Parkins Monday and he took the opportunity to defend the Royals’ indefensible history of ignoring the importance of working an at bat, taking pitches and scoring runs by extending a pitcher’s pitch count. Lefebvre sounded like a shill for Dayton Moore and Ned Yost. A really embarrassing shill. Read on.
“Is the answer just that simple – they haven’t had enough good hitters?”
Danny Parkins, responding to Lefebvre’s above statement, 610 AM
GH: Parkins homered with this direct-hit questions. It appeared to stun Lefebvre for a moment and he paused before he answered. It placed Lefebvre in the position of having to call the Royals’ hitters not good – just as he stated in his explanation of why the Royals don’t draw more walks.
“They’ve had a lot of young hitters.”
Ryan Lefebvre, answering Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I would have liked Parkins to fire back with something like – “So then how do you explain Jeff Francoeur?” Or “How long are the Royals going to use the excuse that Hosmer and Moustakas are young?” Parkins let Lefebvre get away with this one but not before he inflicted at least some damage to Lefebvre’s attempt to educate us on why the Royals don’t draw walks.
“Now, on base percentage is a very important statistic. I’m not going to deny that.”
Ryan Lefebvre, 610 AM
GH: Thanks for that bold statement, Ryan.
“Visiting with World Series hero, George Carter. We’ll be right back.”
Ryan Lefebvre, as he misspoke at the end of an inning where Joe Carter was in the Royals’ television booth, Fox Sports KC
GH: Maybe Ryan was thinking of George Washington Carver?
“Normally, at least for me, when I do something like that it’s because I’m thinking about somebody with that name or we’re talking about somebody with that name. We weren’t even talking about somebody with that name! That came out of the sky! Who is George Carter? Is there a George Carter?”
Ryan Lefebvre, after he called Joe Carter George Carter, Fox Sports KC
“(Cater) got a kick out of it. He was cracking up leaving our booth. He signed our wall. He said he signed it ‘George Carter.’ ”
Rex Hudler, Fox Sports KC
“(Yordano Ventura) is probably the most exciting guy to come through (the Royals organization) since Zack Greinke came through. And he has a better fastball than Zack had.”
Mike Jirschele, manager of the Omaha Stormchasers, on the 22-year-old righthander who was recently promoted to Triple A, Omaha World Herald
GH: So how long do the Royals wait to promote a 22-year-old phenom? I sure wish he was starting at The K today against Detroit rather than Wade Davis.
“They can’t say they are trying to win games if they send Lough down and play Francoeur every day.”
Nate Bukaty, anticipating the return of Jarrod Dyson, 810 AM
GH: We will all be watching to see how serious the Royals are about winning this season with how they handle their roster move to add Dyson. There are plenty of obvious moves to be made. Release Francoeur and just be done with the free-swinging out-making machine would be a very unRoyals-like move. It would signal so much to this team and their fans. But the Royals just don’t do what’s obvious when payroll is involved. They could send Moustakas down for a much-needed head adjustment. They could send Getz down. If they send Lough down, Glass should fire Moore and Yost before Lough gets to the bus station.
“Apathy finally claimed the (Detroit) Pistons with their latest coaching search. Joe Dumars spun the revolving door one more time, and it spit out Maurice Cheeks. The Pistons announced the hire Monday night. There’s nothing about Cheeks that excites. There’s nothing about Cheeks that irritates. There’s nothing about Cheeks that draws even a casual shrug. There’s just nothing. It’s not the man’s fault. The Pistons have fallen so far off the public radar that few care deeply right now about what direction they’re headed in or even who’s steering the ship.”
Drew Sharp, columnist, freep.com
GH: I included this from Sharp’s column in the Detroit Free Press because it fits so well with the Royals’ organization. How much longer can the Royals expect their fans to care despite their losses? The Royals’ fan base is one of the more resilient in all of sports. But how much longer before we become like Pistons’ fans?
“I’m bouncing back better every start. It feels like I’ve got a new arm — and basically I do. I didn’t realize how it felt to be healthy, really since high school.”
Danny Duffy, Royals lefthander, on his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Omaha World Herald
GH: Duffy had a rough outing for Omaha recently but he’s a year away from really seeing how his surgery helped. He should be fine next spring.
“KU Boobs has been ordered to cease and desist by the University of Kansas by June 12, 2013.”
GH: This tweet started quite a bit of Twitter traffic and media speculation Monday night. Read on.
“For the uninitiated, the @KUboobs account has more than 50,000 followers on Twitter, and mostly specializes in collecting, and then disseminating, photos of KU fans in low-cut shirts. (We’ll pause for a moment to recognize how ridiculous this all is.) The account caught fire this past basketball season and inspired a so-called “boobment” of similarly-themed accounts. The Royals? Missouri? Yeah, they all have similar sites.”
Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star
GH: So now you know what we are gawking about…
“You may have seen a tweet from @KUboobs saying “KU has ordered KUBoobs to cease and desist.” That tweet is not accurate. … We’ve asked them to stop selling that merchandise, not to shut down the Twitter account. Rock Chalk!”
Jim Marchiony, @jmarchiony, Associate KU athletic director, Twitter
GH: You have to love that Marchiony was compelled to address this issue with a crisis-mode like response. You just don’t mess with free boobs.
“San Antonio is a tremendous hang-around team.”
Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN Radio
GH: The winner of game three of the NBA finals wins the title 93% of the time. Game three is at 8 PM (CT) tonight on ABC.
Zombie Marcus, to his Zombie buddy R, in the movie Warm Bodies
GH: Watched Warm Bodies this weekend and loved it. This line from Marcus deserves an Oscar all by itself. Why doesn’t the academy have a “Best Line” category? Make this happen!
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