OTC: Sal Perez Saves Royals Road Trip W/ Dramatic 3-Run Homer / Is He The Most Underpaid Player In MLB?

“What was going through Jarrod Dyson’s head as Salvador Perez’s homer approached the foul pole: ‘Mother[expletive], get out!’”
Andy McCullough, @McCulloughStar, on the Royals catcher’s three-run eighth-inning homer to beat the Rays 5-4 Wednesday night, Twitter
GH: I sat on my couch Wednesday night half watching the Royals head toward another loss as the ninth inning rally looked to be nothing more than another disappointment. Then Perez lifted a ceiling-high pop up toward the cozy left-field corner at Tampa’s Trop. The 320-sometihng fly ball would have been an unceremonious out at The K. Instead, it turned the Royals road trip from a loser into a winner. In what may be the biggest win in Ned Yost’s Royals’ career, the Royals did what they so often have had done to them.

“I’ve never seen Ned like that! He went out there to give Salvy a chest bump! That’s a big win.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Ned looked almost human last night after the Royals’ surprising comeback win. Why can’t he act like this more often in front of a camera or microphone? He is making millions coaching grown men play a game. Enjoy the cushy life you have stumbled into, Ned. There are far worse lots in life.

“I think Sal Perez is steaming toward being the face of this franchise.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: The Royals signed their young catcher to a franchise-friendly seven-year contract for a paltry $20 million two years ago. He might be worth $20 million A YEAR right now. Is he the most underpaid player in baseball with a long-term deal? You have to wonder if Salvy continues to be the AL All-Star catcher for the next few years just how happy he will be watching bad middle-infielders make more than he is as the game’s best catcher.

“I think this might not only be the biggest win this season but it might be the biggest win all of last season too!”
Henry Lake, 610 AM
GH: Last season ended with a feel-good story that went where the last 28 Royals seasons have gone in October – nowhere. This season still has hope – at least here on the eve of a four-game series with Detroit.

“This (four-game series versus Detroit) is maybe the most important series for the Royals up to this point.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM

“I am not going to be freaking out with a split (with the Tigers). Lose three out of four and I’m going to be disappointed and wondering where the team is going.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“Don’t be afraid to give some credit to a guy who had a hell of a road trip. A little applause when he comes to the plate might be nice.”
Soren Petro, on Eric Hosmer hitting .400 and showing some pop in this last road trip, 810 AM
GH: Hosmer’s numbers took a dramatic upturn on the Royals road trip but have the Royals fans at The K ever been less than supportive of any of the current Royals players? The last Royal I remember getting booed at home is Kyle Farnsworth. I don’t recall ever hearing that Hoz or Moose were the target of anything but cheers.

“Absolutely. Wait until he gets home and he gets his swing fixed.”
Mike Boddicker, when asked if he is sticking by his prediction that Raul Ibanez is going to be a productive pick up for the Royals in the second half of this season, 810 AM
GH: Boddicker believes that KCK’s David Segui is a hitting-coach savant and holds the fountain of youth for Ibanez’s swing. I think Ibanez’s swing looks fine – it’s just too slow now to catch up to MLB pitching. Unless Raul turns into Barry Bonds, 42-year-old players just don’t get better with coaching.

“I cringe at what people would be saying about Bill Self if Mario Chalmers’ shot would not have gone in and they wouldn’t have won that game in overtime.”
Eamonn Brennan, college basketball writer for ESPN.com, in an interview with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: No Mario Miracle, no Bill Self national championship. Would it make Self any less of a great coach? No. But it would change everything from his salary to his ranking amongst today’s great college coaches.

“On vacation so I missed the DGB to OU talk, but I’ll be shocked if he ever plays a snap for them. Reminds me of Josh Gordon to Utah.”
Matt Miller, @nfldraftscout, Twitter

“I don’t think there is any chance of that happening. If it does, I take back everything I’ve said about DGB turning his life around.”
Stan Weber, on DGB possibly entering the 2015 NFL draft, 810 AM

“I feel sorry for you. I can’t even tell whether you’re in charge or whether you’re a minion (to the universities). If you’re merely a monetary pass-through, why should you even exist?”
Claire McCaskill, as she question NCAA president Mark Emmert Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the alarming statistics of sexual abuse on campuses across the country, Kansascity.com
GH: In what might have been McCaskill’s finest moment in politics, the former Missouri State Auditor embarrassed the head of the NCAA with facts, figures and outrage. If only our government examined their own work with such tenacity.

“I had to turn off the mic and ask what state she represents, for god sakes.”
Soren Petro, on watching Senator Claire McCaskill question Emmert, 810 AM

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15 Responses to OTC: Sal Perez Saves Royals Road Trip W/ Dramatic 3-Run Homer / Is He The Most Underpaid Player In MLB?

  1. Renton says:

    I’m fine with calming irrational exuberance, but Vernier was like someone took a dump in his media meal last night.

    When Ned Yost shows more enthusiasm that you, that’s a problem.

  2. Will F says:

    Luke Hochevar got booed handsomely on opening day at The K in 2011.

    • Kyle says:

      When you give up a touchdown on opening day before the home team gets to bat, that’s worth some boos.

    • The Independent Rage says:

      Maybe they were just saying, “Luuuuuuuke”? For the same reason, how can one ever tell whether or not Moustakas is actually being booed?

  3. Bill says:

    I booed the hell out of Getzy, Hoch and Frenchy last year.

  4. Dan says:

    Is Petro serious? He can tell you who was the Chiefs’ backup center in 1983 but doesn’t know a Missouri senator? He was joking, right?

  5. Phaedrus says:

    Did anyone read the article about McCaskill?

    She’s upset (rightfully so) that athletic departments handle the investigation of athletes accused of sexual assault. Emmert then goes on to say that members of the 5 biggest conferences are working to provide more benefits and services to athletes.

    I know Emmert wasn’t referencing keeping athletes out of jail there, but it does show that people conveniently forget all of the (non-monetary) benefits that athletes do receive…

    • Doug Tucker says:

      So McCaskill found the perfect issue in this election year to glom onto. It fits so neatly into the Democrats’ War on Women strategy. Vote for us, girls, and we’ll protect you from those brutish men who want to put you in chains. For a politician/bully, it must be a real rush to say something like “”Why should you even exist” to a helpless victim who can only sit there and eat the crap sandwich. McCaskill’s ignorance of the NCAA and its role in college athletics was painful to watch. Yes, athletic departments seek to protect their money-making young athletes and yes, there should be reform. But McCaskill’s political grandstanding was hard to stomach.

      • david says:

        I guess having athletic departments investigate crimes allegedly committed by student athletes is cool with you.

        ‘We asked him if he raped the girl, he said no. Case closed.’

        Claire asked the question we all want to ask the NCAA. If all you do is carry water for university presidents, why does your position even exist?

        • Doug Tucker says:

          David, did I not say reform is needed? Quite sure I did. Please do not falsely accuse. I was directing my remarks to demagogic politicians such as McCaskill. So often they’re full of heat and precious little light. So often they blur the issue and make meaningful solutions harder to find. Of course it’s wrong to allow such massive conflicts of interest as athletic departments being investigator and judge of athletes accused of rape. But the insulting question McCaskil asked about why does his position even exist was totally ridiculous, meant only to appeal to potential voters. By her logic, you could ask any CEO who answers to a board of directors why does he exist.

          • david says:

            CEOs, when called to appear before the Senate, don’t claim that they have no power and the BOD is ultimately responsible.

          • January says:

            Claire McCaskill is a very good senator. Sounds like you’re still pissed that Todd Aiken made a fool out of himself and lost.

  6. Kyle R says:

    Sal is definitely right there with Jonathan Lucroy in terms of being a tremendous value and a great catcher (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lucrojo01.shtml). Interesting how a position with so few great players that is also critical to having a great team (see all the Yadier Molina praise) also has guys making so little money. Lucroy makes less than 1/2 what Ryan Braun does but is far more valuable to the Brewers (though, to be fair, Braun’s contract was based on a lie, it seems). But hell, Perez makes about 1/4 of what Billy Butler does – based on that, he’s the steal of the century.

  7. Say What? says:

    Many people don’t give a shit about politics, like at all. I don’t blame them.

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