“I think when we look back over this series we will look back at Game 4 as being the key moment in the series. Game 4 was huge. You had the Giants down 4-1 in a high-leverage situation and the Giants came out on top there. I would have used Wade Davis in that situation in the highest leverage point in the series and he we are 3-2 Giants going into Game6.”
Brian Bannister, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: It all looked so real Saturday night when the Royals were up 4-1 in San Francisco and Jason Vargas playfully forgot the count and then froze on his way to first base. A friend of mine told his four young daughters that the Royals were going to win the World Series on Sunday and that there would be no school on Monday because, “WE ARE ALL GOING TO THE PARADE!” He then dogpiled with his kids and sent them off to bed. Sunday morning they awoke to ask, “Dad, is there still no school tomorrow because we’re going to the parade?” His answers were short. “No parade,” he grunted. “You’re going to school. The Royals lost.”
“If you’re going to have a really disastrous game for Ned Yost – which I think this was one – why not have it in this game (Sunday against Bumgarner) which you’re probably not going to win anyway. Let’s face facts, as nice as this has been in the postseason, Ned’s not a great tactician. Period. He hasn’t been a great tactician in this postseason. It’s just worked. And if they just win two games in a row they’ll be World Champions and no one will care.” Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: There is no need to reiterate my distaste for Ned Yost’s skills as an in-game manager. I think he is historically awful. I was hoping that since the Wild Card win he had either learned from his mistakes or taken a sharp blow to the head that dislodged some logic to his managing. Nope. Same old Nervous Ned.
“Oh, man, somewhere inside of me secretly I had hoped that it would go seven games for the excitement and the thrill of it. Sure looks that way.”
Ned Yost, in his postgame comments following Saturday’s 11-4 loss to the Giants, Fox
“I was sitting around with some friends and some of them played minor league ball and we were trying to wrap out heads around why (Yost) would put Jayson Nix into a game intentionally, allowing him to make one of your final six precious outs. But he did. … I don’t understand how (Nix) is in the major leagues.”
Todd Leabo, 810 AM GH: Why is Nix on the roster instead of the Royals first-round pick Christian Colon? What future does the often-traveled and never-going-to-hit Nix have with this franchise? I would pinch hit Stevie Nix before Jayson. But maybe Ned is simply trying to fulfill his secret dream of seeing the series go seven games.
“It was too early right there. We were still trying to still keep our defense in the game.” Ned Yost, when asked why he didn’t pinch hit for Jarrod Dyson in the fifth inning with a runner in scoring position and the pitcher due up next, Fox
GH: The Royals were down 0-2 and Yost was more concerned with keeping the game close than scoring runs? If the Royals are able to win this thing with Yost calling the shots they need to build a new wing at Cooperstown for this bunch of Royals survivors.
“Yeah, it’s tough. I know what I’m capable of offensively. … When you don’t get at bats regularly it’s tough.”
Billy Butler, when asked by Danny Clinkscale if it has been difficult watching the series from the bench in San Francisco, 810 AM
GH: If Ron Howard is directing this Royals postseason, Butler has to be the hero on Game 7. But this isn’t the movies. Somehow the fact that Ned Yost is managing this team is real.
“So much of this Royals season, especially the last month or so, has played out like a storybook. The Wild Card Game, the celebrations, the home runs by Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. That part of it, no matter what else happens, will live in the franchise’s history forever. The Royals will fly a new flag on top of their Hall of Fame building in left field, and they will be fitted for shiny and gaudy rings sometime soon. A trip back home to Kansas City for a game Tuesday and a possible game seven on Wednesday will determine whether the new swag says ‘American League’ or ‘World Series’ champions.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: The Royals are one win away from playing in Game 7 of the World Series. Time to win that one game.
“Are you excited or nervous? I can hardly think about it without getting sick to my stomach.”
Steven St. John, contemplating Game 6 of810 AM
“I’m available any day, man.”
James Shields, when asked if he would be available to pitch Game 7, 810 AM
GH: James Shields is one tough teammate. I hope he is front and center Tuesday night in that Royals dugout willing his team to Game 7.
“We’re going to go home and play for our crowd.”
Billy Butler, 810 AM GH: The crowds in Kansas City and San Francisco have been incredible. They both have added an element of excitement to this series that I was not sure we would see. The Bat Area looked to be just as wrapped up in their Giants (despite their two recent WS titles) as the Royals fans are in their long-suffering squad. I think the Giants are hard to dislike. They play the game hard. And I would take Hunter Pence in right field for the Royals tomorrow. Love that dude’s game and his passion. He and Lorenzo Cain look right at home in the spotlight.
“This is the absolute truth: in the middle of Game 5, my 9-year-old daughter asked me. ‘Why is the announcer rooting for the Giants?’”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
“If Fox by now thinks we’re excited it’s using 226 cameras (3-D and 3,000-pixels per-frame slo-mo numbers, plus “Resin Bag-Cam”), helicopters, blimps, barrage balloons, technicians wired as robots, robots wired as technicians, hand-held remote-controlled umpire cattle prods, gyroscopic bullpen magnetizers, a synthetic second-base synthesizer, Erin Andrews’ text address, a digitized rotation counter/virtual toaster oven, lava lamps, 12 roving reporters, 10 live dead bolts, hams in need of curing and a wired-for-sound partridge in a pear tree, well, we’re not. Well, I’m not.”
Phil Mushnick, media columnist, New York Post
GH: I love the technology that Fox has brought to the World Series. The ultra-slow-motion digital replays are fabulous to watch. I can even handle the too-important-sounding Joe Buck. But Harold Reynolds has no business being in front of a live microphone. When Reynolds unashamedly showed the Fox audience his “notes” on how he tracks the game, it looked like your third grader’s artwork. Unfortunately, his notes looked easier to understand than his analysis. TBS’ crew was worse but Reynolds should adopt Cal Ripken’s style of broadcasting and just shut up.
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