OTC: Yost Says “Nothing” Can Be Done To Combat Royals Plate Discipline / Shields Leads Via Passive Aggressive Dig At His Hitters

“On the doorstep of the final two months of the most highly anticipated Royals campaign in 20 years, the team offered up one of their weakest performances in 2014. The lineup managed a mere two hits and never advanced a runner to third base in Gibson’s seven innings.”
Andy McCullough, on the Royals dropping their opener 2-1 to the last-place Twins Tuesday at The K, Kansas City Star G
H: With 30K fans at The K for the Royals opening game in this three-game series, the Royals once again laid a wet fart on their faithful with this stinker of an effort. Frank White mentioned last week how this club just doesn’t seem to be able to perform when the lights shine the brightest. Maybe they bounce back and win the next two against the last-place Twins – but the stench from this one will linger.

“If you win tomorrow (Wednesday), I think it makes it easier to win the series.”
Jeff Montgomery, Fox Sports KC
GH: If Monty was joking, he needs to work on his delivery. More likely he needs some help with his math skills.

“Nothing. You go and play your game.”
Ned Yost, when asked what the Royals can do to combat a two-hit pitching performance like the Twins’ Kyle Gibson put on his club Tuesday night, Fox Sports KC
GH: Yost’s philosophy appears to be similar to the Royals philosophy – things will just get better if you wait. I don’t think you need to toss the spread table after every loss but how about Yost expressing something more than a “nothing” response?

“Guys are what they are. Okay? You’re not going to say, ‘Take more pitches.’ That doesn’t work. They play their game.”
Ned Yost, on the Royals failing to show any semblance of patience at the plate against Gibson – and we’re not talking Bob Gibson here, Fox Sports KC
GH: I thought these guys were all going to be better this season according to Ned’s assessment from last season. Now we find out, “Guys are what they are.” We pretty much know what Ned is as well.

“We got out pitched and outplayed. That’s all I’ve got to say about it.”
James Shields, Fox Sports KC
GH: That wasn’t quite all the Royals team leader had to say…

“They were laying off some really good pitches. Their plate discipline was phenomenal tonight. They were getting deep into counts. They were very selective.”
James Shields, Fox Sports KC
GH: Sounds like Big Game James doesn’t buy Yost’s excuse that you can’t coach hitters to take more pitches and work deeper into counts.

“After this lackluster game, Ned Yost appears more upset with the umpires than with the performance of his hitters. So it goes.”
Andy McCullough, @McCulloughStar, Twitter

“I thought when I saw it on replay that it might have been trapped.”
Joel Goldberg, on the sensational but controversial diving catch by Alex Gordon, Fox Sports KC
GH: The answer to all of this is that Alex Gordon is a warlock with a glove. The man is worth the price of admission to just watch play left field. As Jim Murray once wrote about the great Willie Mays’ glove, “Where triples go to die.”

“So I showed up to the Royals game nearly an hour early. No free tshirt, crappy pitching, embarrassing hitting, complete waste of time.”
Brad Hallier, @bhallier, Twitter
GH: It’s bad enough that Royals fans have to watch the kind of effort on display Tuesday night at The K. Can we make sure everybody gets a $2 t-shirt on T-Shirt Tuesday? The guy who owns this team is Mr. Wal-Mart, right? 30,000 shirts can’t cost more than $50K – which is likely paid by the advertiser.

“This was a stupid mistake on my part, and I’m very sorry that I put myself and my team in this situation. There’s nothing I can do except dedicate myself to representing me, my family, my team and Mizzou the right way going forward. I’m very grateful to my coaches and my teammates for giving me a chance to overcome this.”
Levi Copelin, MU receiver, in a statement after he was suspended for the 2014 season due to a failed drug test, columbiamissourian.com
GH: I have no idea if Copelin wrote the above statement but whoever did should be commended. This is how you cop to screwing up, folks. I wish more people owned their mistakes as boldly.

“Things that don’t make sense to me about the Jayhawk logo: why is the eyeball overlapping the beak? Why is it wearing shoes with talons?”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: I think the Kansas Jayhawk is one of the best college mascots in the country. It does what a mascot is supposed to do – 1) It is immediately recognizable as unique to Kansas University 2) It sells a TON of gear for Kansas 3) KU fans love it like it was a real bird.

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36 Responses to OTC: Yost Says “Nothing” Can Be Done To Combat Royals Plate Discipline / Shields Leads Via Passive Aggressive Dig At His Hitters

  1. Steve says:

    Ned’s ‘Guys are what they are’ comment is a damning comment for Dayton. This is the team he assembled, he drafted, he’s living or dying with. These are the hitters he gave Ned and the multiple hitting coaches that we’ve run through the organization the chance to make better. I’ve always heard scouts say that it’s really hard for players to just all of a sudden develop the ability to draw walks if that’s not how they’ve always approached at-bats. This is an organization-wide problem and has been for years.

  2. b12 says:

    The Royals season died last night. Fire Dayton. Leave Ned hanging till seasons end, knowing what’s coming. Make one of the random ex Brewers or ex Braves hanging around interim GM. Trade Shields for a Wil Myers/Nori Aoki replacement. Trade the Australian guy just to screw with his wife. (Say yes to the dress audio).

    Bud Seligs last hurrah should be revoking the franchise agreement with the Glass family and awarding it to Cerner. Then KK can collapse in a gooey heap of pleasure.

    What will be the phrase this year? “In some small way, it feels like we make the second wild card spot”?

  3. Turner Gill says:

    the Jayhawk isn’t a real bird?

  4. brett says:

    if you walk through the turnstiles of a franchise with the longest playoff drought in north american sports an hour before first pitch and they run out of t-shirts, you should promptly be handed a free gigantic margarita. period.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      If your sole motivation for going to the ballpark is to receive a free tee shirt……..

      • Richard Cranium says:

        Should be if you have to watch this group of over-indulged children. Booze is about the only way to watch this team without taking a big shit on top of Moustaka’s head

      • gassedup says:

        Its just one more kick in the nuts.

  5. The Independent Rage says:

    If after the season the Royals are unable to trade Hudler and Physioc back to the Angels for even meager cash considerations, then I’d propose tossing Montgomery into the package. Couch the deal with a “quantity over quality” pitch.

  6. Kyle R says:

    Damn you, Lawrence Journal-World, for infecting so many with the idea that its “Kansas University” and not “The University of Kansas”. Now you’ve even affected Greg.

    Obviously I’m biased, as a KU grad, but the Jayhawk is a great logo/mascot. I know there’s history to Mizzou using “Tigers” but it’s almost as generic a nickname as “Wildcats.” The best mascots are frequently unique – Demon Deacons, Terrapins, Spartans, Wolverines, Jayhawks, Crimson Tide, etc.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      LOL Kyle, I do love my Jayhawks, and last time I read about a poll of college mascots, the Jayhawk was second only the the Fighting Irishman for recognizability. Not to mention the Rock Chalk Chant being one of the most famous collegiate cheers of all time. (Kinda makes M-I-Z and the Wabash Cannonball sound lame now doesn’t it?)

      Don’t know how it happened, but I was about to tell Kyle R the old saying, “Don’t start no shit, and there won’t be no shit,” should come to mind when making such inflammatory remarks….then I went and added gasoline to the fire.

      Here comes Alfonso….

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      Naming your mascot after a group of terrorists is certainly unique. I think a southern university should adopt “Klansmen” as its mascot. It would be the same as adopting the Jayhawk.

      • Jim says:

        Missourians killed by “Jayhawkers” in 1861 – some 1,800.

        People killed by Tigers worldwide since 1861 – 300,000+

        Who are the real terrorists. Lil Tooty? Hmmmmm?

        Now, where is that damn sarcasm font?

        • The Independent Rage says:

          I thought tigers and other large cats rarely kill people or eat human flesh because it tastes too “gamey”??

      • david says:

        See Ole Miss

      • Fred Flintstone says:

        Kind of a slow day at the office, so I took the time to look up and see if the Kansas Jayhawks are the only “Jayhawks” that there are. To my surprise, they are not.

        Alfonse, just so you know, high schools from 6 states including Montana, Michigan, Iowa, Utah, Pennsylvania, California, plus two high schools from Kansas and two from New York, have as their Mascot, “A group of terrorists.” or maybe they just named themselves after the mythical cross between a Jay and a Hawk, I dunno.

        • Kyle R says:

          And the infamous Terrelle Pryor played for the Pennsylvania version! http://takingit2thehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/pryor.jpg

        • Alphonse Tooty says:

          I have no idea why the others you mention adopted the Jayhawk. I suppose they may have thought it sounded or looked cool. Who knows? But history shows Kansas adopted the mascot from the Civil War era Jayhawkers – a band of looting, murdering thieves. I know most will say its ancient history. And I guess it is. But it’s still the truth.

    • Phaedrus says:

      I don’t think Michigan or Alabama have mascots. Could be wrong about Alabama, but Michigan just has the block M. So calling the wolverines and crimson tide “great mascots” or great logos doesn’t make much sense.

      • Kyle R says:

        Alabama logo w/ mascot included: http://www.survivingcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/University-of-Alabama-Crimson-Tide-Big-Al-Elephant-Mascot-Logo.gif
        Alabama mascot live shot: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/highsm/06900/06977v.jpg

        You’re right on Michigan but I was just thinking of the name itself, not whether there was an actual physical mascot.

  7. JP says:

    Last night was just pathetic. What’s even more pathetic is the response that the Royals “Will take on salary if in a pennant race”. Jason Starke of ESPN said on Petro’s show that GM’s have told him that the word on the Royals is they will take no more salary. Another lost season for the David Glass Royals.

  8. Juan Pablo says:

    “Things that don’t make sense to me about the Jayhawk logo: why is the eyeball overlapping the beak? Why is it wearing shoes with talons?”
    TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB,

    TJ started out pretty good but now he has just turned into a shock Jock like KK.
    One day TJ kept saying how great SEC football is as they have a lot of teams win the conference, and the Big 12 sucks as OU wins it every year. He said it like ten time over an over. He just kept on it for some reason.
    Then they informed TJ the Big 12 has five different teams win the Big 12 the last 5 years. and the SEC has had only 3 different teams win the SEC the last 5 years. He then just mumbled on about something and went to a commercial.
    I hope they let him go he is just a SEC homer shock jock.

  9. Kansas Marine says:

    TJ Carpenter has done his best to sidle up next to KK in hopes of career advancement. Unfortunately he’s alienated the largest collegiate fan base in the metro area and has an annoying “screech-like” voice.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      You’re right. TJ has alienated a lot of Missouri fans.

    • The Word says:

      So TJ will be the replacement for KK when KK retires. I bet TJ still destroys 610.

      • Juan Pablo says:

        A monkey could destroy 610. 610 has to be the worst run sports talk station in America. I try to listen to them from time to time, but they are just a joke all day long. As long as they have the Royals games I guess it doesn’t matter what other garbage they put on the air.

  10. Herb says:

    Isn’t Oklahoma’s mascot a frickin covered wagon?

  11. Gavin says:

    “The Jayhawks is named after a bunch of terrorists! They killed women and children!”

    “Yeah, well Mizzou is full of slaving slavers who slave! Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice and they were fighting to end slavery, the same slavery that Missouri loves!”

    “Shut up! There was almost no slave ownership in Missouri! They were just fighting for state’s rights!”

    “Say it right you fucking hillbilly! It’s pronounced “state’s rahts!” If you’re gonna be in the SEC with all the other slavers, you better start talking like them. How else will Alabama understand you while you’re begging for a merciful end from the football buttfucking they’re giving you?!”

    “Oh, that’s adorable! A KU Fan talking smack about football. Why don’t you go blow Bill Self again, you fucking Bill Self Blower. By the way, your football coach is a fat fuck who couldn’t outrun a bowl of gravy!”

    “Yeah? Well your football coach is a drunk and not only that but he get’s drunk on jumbo glasses of Merlot.”

    “Of course it would make a big difference to a KU fan what kind of wine our football coach drinks. That’s perfect!”

    “Oh shut up and go rape another co-ed!”

    “No, dicktaster, why don’t you shut up and go to another leather daddy convention? Or are you into bears, you fucking ball gargler?”

    “Fuck you! Slaver!”

    “No, fuck you, terrorist-mascot-haver!”

    “Fuck you!”

    “Fuck you!”

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