“In 1985 my dad got a call the day of game 6 of the World Series from Mike Berbiglia, the owner of Berbiglia Liquors (my dad was in the liquor business) and he asked if we wanted to go to game 6 – (my dad had not been to a game since the 1981 players strike). In’ 76, ‘77, ‘78 and ‘80 I went to every playoff and World Series game – my dad had season tickets. We went to game 6 in ’85 and sat not in the box seats but I think they use to call them field box, up from first base. We were right in front of Mayor Berkley – I specifically remembering my dad saying we had better tickets than the mayor – one row in front of him. Anyway we saw the greatest game in Royals history. The next day Mr. B called again and we turned him down. That was the last game my dad ever saw – he died in ‘97.”
Frank, OTC Email
GH: I know people are wondering how your dad could turn down tickets to Game 7 of the World Series at Royals Stadium – but I almost skipped that game as well. I was living in Omaha at the time and the game was on a Sunday night. Well, if my wife and I were going to drive to KC for the game, we needed to be back at work in Omaha on Monday. I was watching the NYC Marathon that Sunday morning with some running buddies and they convinced me I had to drive to KC for Game 7 or I would never forgive myself. After the game we decided to call in sick for work and get a hotel. One problem – there were no hotel rooms available. We ended up staying at the Capri Hotel on the corner of Independence Ave & The Paseo. I’m pretty sure it was all we could afford anyway. As bad a shape as the Capri Motel was in, I had no idea at the time that the Royals were facing 30 years of even harder times ahead.
“I hope you guys (in Kansas City) get a home playoff game and that city is rocking.”
Scott Miller, MLB writer for BleacherReport.com, in an interview Thursday with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
“Last time the Royals made the playoffs I was 7 and had never seen a computer. Now I’m a husband and father and typing this on a cell phone.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: When I was seven phones had rotary dials and there were such things as “party lines” and “long distance charges.” But Maxwell Smart had a shoe phone – and an assistant named 99 who made the show far better than it was.
“Last time the Royals made the playoffs I was…never mind. But I watched it at Fuzzy’s with @dennisdoddcbs.”
Tom Shatel, @tomshatelOWH, Omaha World Herald sports columnist, Twitter
GH: 30 years later Fuzzy’s and the Capri are both still around. The great ones die hard.
“October is all about pitching. We have seen that many times before.”
Scott Miller, MLB writer for BleacherReport.com, 810 AM
“Yeah, I want to do better. I wish that I did better. Is it going to play a part in what I do in my preparation in between my next start? No. I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to go about my business the same way. And lace it up the next time, if I get the opportunity, if we keep winning games here.”
Jason Vargas, evaluating his outing against Cleveland where he gave up four earned runs in four innings to extend his four-game run of poor starts, kansascity.com
GH: Okay, that tells me everything I need to know about Vargas’ role in the Royals playoff plans. He has none. Moose’s “Vargy” did a great job in the Royals’ starting rotation until the heat of the pennant race got to him or maybe his arm just got tired. Whatever it is, Vargy should be put on the shelf for the postseason.
“He’ll get it together. He’s a pro.”
Ned Yost, when asked about another poor performance Wednesday in Cleveland from the Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas’ Kansascity.com
GH: All I can hope for is that this is Ned being Ned in that he will almost never deliver bad news about a player through the media – unless that player is Billy Butler. If Ned hasn’t seen enough of Vargas the past three weeks to know he is not a viable option to start any postseason games then Dayton Moore needs to “Milwaukee” Ned’s professional hitting and pitching behind.
“After 28 years waiting for this, the Royals show little interest in discussing hypotheticals. Yost scoffed at the mere suggestion his playoff rotation.”
Andy McCullough, beat writer for Kansas City Star
GH: Ned scoffs at just about any suggestion from lesser humans like newspaper reporters or electronic media. We may have discovered Ned’s best talent – scoffing.
“Next question. I haven’t made the playoffs yet. Until I make the playoffs, I won’t worry about it. There’s still too many variables. Man, this thing could come down to where we play a one-game playoff for the division. The loser of that game plays the wild card game. There’s too much going on.”
Ned Yost, kansascity.com
GH: Here is another question for Ned – since when did YOU not make the playoffs? Isn’t this more of a WE kind of accomplishment? Ned’s use of pronouns might not mean much but it sure sounded wrong to my ear.
“You just can’t roll out a guy who is going to give up early runs because this (Royals) team has such a tough time battling back. And really, a 4-0 deficit is an insurmountable deficit for the Kansas City Royals.”
Bob Fescoe, on the perils of pitching Vargas in the playoffs, 610 AM
“Jason Vargas is in line for $25M from 2015 to 2017.”
Brandon H., @BHIndepMO, Twitter
GH: Yes, that is a lot of money for a left-handed starter who appears to be leaking fluids from all orifices as he limps down the stretch. But I don’t care about Dan and David Glass’ money right now. I care about taking advantage of a postseason opportunity here in Kansas City that took 29 years to reappear. The Brigadoon Royals may never come this way again. The time is now and Vargas just is not the guy to take us to Dreamland.
“I think for the most part in Sunday’s game (the Chiefs) almost turned the corner. Give those guys credit, they answered the challenge this week. I thought they stepped up and did an outstanding job.”
Deron Cherry, who was particularly complimentary toward the Chiefs defense in their win at Miami, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs are only 1-2 heading into their MNF game with New England but man does it feel better than it did after that week-one home loss to Tennessee. Imagine how excited we would be with healthy Pro Bowlers Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry? Very eager to see D’Anthony Thomas get on the field and make John Dorsey and Andy Reid look like geniuses.
“I love (Dontari) Poe. They ask a lot of that guy. He blows up things in the middle. He’s impressive. He’s very impressive.”
Kevin Harlan, on the Chiefs nose tackle, 810 AM
GH: Poe is not only an underrated star on the Chiefs but I think he is vastly underused by the local media. This guy deserves his own radio show or TV segment. He’s Bill Maas w/o the baggage (and what’s inside the baggage).
“Oh, the Chiefs will win (over New England). Arrowhead on a Monday Night? The Chiefs will win this game. That game (in 1991 when the Chiefs beat Buffalo 33-6 on MNF), that night is the single most important game to change Arrowhead. That place was ROCKING! The Chiefs were on the rise and we beat (the Bills) and they left with their tails between their legs. It was electrifying that night.”
Deron Cherry, 810 AM
GH: Hard to believe that Buffalo game was in 1991. Marty and Carl were just getting the football rolling here in Kansas City and that Monday Night introduced the National Football League to Arrowhead, Kansas City BBQ tailgating and a fan base that is just this side of insane.
“I think they’re going to get punched in the mouth by Texas. I think they are going to see the full brunt.” S
oren Petro, on KU’s game Saturday at 3:00 PM in Lawrence versus Charlie Strong’s Longhorns, 810 AM
GH: Texas might not be as bad as they looked early but the same could be said for the Jayhawks. This game might be one heck of an appetizer for the Mizzou at USC game that night.
“I’m going to risk sounding like a namby-pamby to a lot of our listeners but I know that I do that anyway, so I’m just going to say it – I love Pina Coladas!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM GH: I don’t love Pina Coladas but I love quotes like this.
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