“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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