View Full Version : NFBT: Go Royals! Way to Shut 'Em Up.
05-10-2001, 08:03 PM
Bob Dole got really irritated this morning when he read The Indians, who moved into a tie atop the AL Central with Minnesota, may not lose for awhile. They have one game left against the Royals and three against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays... on ESPN.com. While there may be a lot of truth to the statement, common courtesy would dictate that you wouldn't come right out and print it. (There was a similar statement in yesterday's recap, as well.)
It probably doesn't help any that one of Bob Dole's co-workers is from Cleveland and walks in every morning and says, "How 'bout them Royals?"
Bob Dole is thrilled that Bob Dole will be able to ask that same question tomorrow morning.
05-10-2001, 08:06 PM
I haven't checked on the Royals for a day or two now, did they beat the Injuns? I'm assuming from this that they did.
05-10-2001, 08:10 PM
Yes. the Royals won 8-3.
That was a fun game to listen to. All kind of hits off the wall! The ones from the Royals went for extra-bases. The Indians Cordova got one but Dye (perhaps the best athlete in KC right now) picked it off the ground bareheaded and fired it to second, holding Cordova to a single. I love Jermaine Dye. Don't even think about running on that man's arm!
keg in kc
05-10-2001, 08:11 PM
And yes, the Royals kicked Cleveland's arse tonight.
Looks like they might be waking up (finally). Too bad they're already out of the divisional race...
The Tigers and the Sox are also waking up. Man, I wish that baseball had something of the structural economics that football has in terms of competitiveness. The AL Central has loads of great players and it would be very fun to watch the teams slug it out on a more even footing.
05-10-2001, 08:17 PM
I was in KC this past weekend during the whole "cookies and milk" bit. I was glad to see them pull it together and when on Sat. and figured they would hold that and beat the twinkies on Sun. But that was just wishful thinking on my part.
BTW, what is everyones thoughts on the cookies and milk thing?
keg in kc
05-10-2001, 08:26 PM
Hader, I think it was just a typical hard-nosed old-school comment by a throwback manager, and the vultures in the media smelled blood...
Nothing more, nothing less.
In any event, it gave the KC media something to talk about, because the Royals on the field sure haven't been very interesting so far...
05-10-2001, 08:43 PM
That was about my take on it.
05-11-2001, 12:33 AM
Muser was right on with his comments.
But he still needs to be fired. The entire point of his statement was that the team lacked toughness. So tell me Tony, what qualities have you been instilling in these guys the last few years?
His contribution to Sweeney's development is one of Muser's biggest accomplishments as a manager, so it was definitely strange that Muser would make a comment that could so easily be construed as a criticism of Sweeney. As fierce a hitter and as good a person as Sweeney is, he can eat all the milk and cookies he wants as far as I'm concerned!
Muser's losing his grip. The clock is ticking on him, that's for sure. I think he'll be replaced within a year.
05-11-2001, 05:01 AM
Rob Neyer had some interesting things to say in his <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/s/2001/0403/1166683.html">April 19 column</a> on ESPN.com, and Bob Dole tends to agree with him.
Unfortunately, Tony Muser shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a pitching staff. If I had a son who pitched in Little League, I wouldn't let him play for a team managed by Tony Muser. If Tony Muser and I co-managed a Rotisserie team, I would send him out for cold beverages when it came time to bid on pitchers. If I were a pitcher, and Tony Muser and I were stranded on a desert island ... well, you get the idea.
The pitching has been absolutely <b>horrendous</b>, with no visible improvement year to year. Granted, the Royals don't have the payroll to hire an elite closer, but it doesn't take an elite closer to <b>not</b> blow 50% of your save opportunities.
This year has been slightly better, but Bob Dole was watching the gamecast last night and still had the "Oh no, not again..." thoughts when the bottom of the 9th rolled around and the Indians had men on 1st and 3rd with one out. (Sort of the same feeling we've had the past few seasons when the Chiefs' opponent got the ball with less than 2 minutes remaining and was less than 7 points down...)
05-11-2001, 06:06 AM
I loved the tequila thing ... of course, I like tequila. But his statement was true: The Royals need a tougher attitude. They need to go into every game with a big 'ol chip on their shoulder.
And it would help if Randa would come around and, like the post from the Senator implies, keep Muser the hell away from the pitchers!! Honestly, Bottaliblow sucked the last two years and now he is doing great as a set-up man in Philly. The Royals don't have one pitcher that makes you say "Wow. He's got good stuff." And it drives me nuts.
Quisenberry is rolling over in his grave every time a Royals reliever takes the mound.
~~Misses the Quiz.
"I found a delivery in my flaw."
--Dan Quisenberry, on his unique pitching style.
05-11-2001, 07:02 AM
I used to listen to "The Royals on Radio" 15 years ago. That was always my favorite on a hot summer night with a thunderstorm brewing.
Who's calling the games now?
05-11-2001, 07:19 AM
I'm also a die hard Royal fan and will be till the day I die. Which could be soon cause their killing me with the way their playing :D
05-11-2001, 09:02 AM
The pitching staff may come around. Grimmsley looked pretty good. He's got good stuff. Throwing in the mid-90s 'til the end.
I haven't been much of a baseball fan since the strike, but I've watched some games this year, and from what I've seen, the Royals may yet turn it around.
Did anyone catch the video of the fan who broke his leg?
I heard the guy's from Warrensburg. Figgers.
Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre are doing most of the games. Lefebvre's a young guy who's been doing the games for a couple of seasons. He replaced Fred White. The broadcasters who did the replacing did not do it in a classy way, but Lefebvre's seems to be a classy guy and White doesn't seem to bear him any hard feelings. In fact, they worked the Cleveland series together this week. It was White's return to the Royals broadcast booth. He'll be Matthew's substitute on hopefully all of the 20 or so road games that Matthews won't be doing (Matthews is winding down a little bit, of his own accord).
Here's a link to their bios. The Royals, by the way, have an outstanding web site.
05-11-2001, 12:25 PM
Thanx DT. Matthew's is the one I was trying to remember. It wouldn't seem right not to hear him calling the games...
05-11-2001, 12:48 PM
I sounded like the bats were beginning to wake up. Hopefully, we can make a little run.
05-11-2001, 01:11 PM
I used to drive a service van for Wards during the evenings when I was in school. I loved to listen to Fred & Denny do the games. There is just something about the way they describe the action; not over the top, just a solid play by play and relevant color.
That kept me sane for awhile...
Denny Matthews and Fred White coauthored a dandy book (with a guy named Matt Fulks) about their 25 years together doing Royals on Radio. The book is called Play by Play and brings back a lot of memories about specific players and events in the team's history. Here's a link to amazon.com's page for that book:
Anybody listening to the Royals? Dye just showed off his arm again, throwing a dart from the warning track to 2nd, just to make the runner on first glad he didn't dare test that cannon.
05-11-2001, 08:09 PM
I don't know if I can pick them up down here or not. And they are charging now to listen on the net. What's the score, and who are they playing? (I really need to try to keep closer tabs on 'em)
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 08:09 PM
Now that the Lone Gunmen ended I'm actually watching the game on TV. Haven't missed a game yet, either live, on the radio or on TV - don't expect that to continue though...
3-1, Royals leading, bottom of the 7th, 2 out, Twins have runners at 2nd and 3rd, Guzman's up, Suppan has thrown about 105 pitches....
And, Suppan got Guzman to ground out. :)
Top of the 8th coming up.
05-11-2001, 08:15 PM
Oh how I hope they hold on! Let's go Royals! Kick some Twinkie butt!
Shoot! Twin got back-to-back homers in the 8th to tie it. Oh well, at least our reliever (Tony Cogan) got a base-clearing double-play before he gave up the two homers.
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 08:33 PM
Gotta love that bullpen...
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 08:35 PM
I swear! I think it's baseball's version of Martyball.
Except it's not smashmouth. More like smashsave.
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 08:39 PM
Nah, I mean it's like Martyball in that every damn game is a nailbiter; no lead is safe.
I hope McCarty does something. He was a 1st-round draft pick (overall #3) by the Twins (1991). Maybe he'll punish his old team...
ooo-wee. McCarty's on 2nd with two outs.
Ortiz made the third out. Oh well, hopefully we'll survive this inning and get 'em in the next.
1-2-3. Way to go, Royals! On to the 10th.
Yeah Baby. Alicea led off the inning with a triple!
I knew Beltran would come through with the sac fly. All right!
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 08:58 PM
I don't want to watch Roberto blow another save.
Except for that 5-run disaster against the Yankees, he hasn't been horrible-horrible.
05-11-2001, 09:06 PM
Hernandez: 14 pitches, 1 Home Run, 1 Walk.
Bob Dole says, "Stop speaking to Muser! Don't even talk to the guy.""
05-11-2001, 09:09 PM
19 pitches, 1 Home Run, 2 Walks... Great relief.
05-11-2001, 09:15 PM
Bob Dole is thinking it's more of a cow pen... Sheesh.
keg in kc
05-11-2001, 09:26 PM
Man, this song is really starting to get old...
Ridiculous bullpen. What was that?...3 homers, a triple, some walks...2 blown saves in 1 game.
[Insert long string of expletives here.]
05-11-2001, 09:29 PM
What a stellar pitching staff.
Okay...so Hernandez gave up 2 walks and a homer, but at least retired 3 batters in the inning. Yeah...let's put in a completely cold guy now that Hernandez might have found his groove.
Our pitching certainly sucks, but Muser is pretty much an idiot.
05-11-2001, 11:19 PM
Cogan is yet to leave a game unscathed. The guy simply needs more minor work before he ever touches a major league field again.
05-12-2001, 12:22 AM
Like I said Their killing me!! I know in general the pitching in MLB is atrocious but the Royals are exploring new lows. :mad:
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