Monday, April 30, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Description: All 75 people that waited out the storm were on their feet screaming their lungs out. T-shirts were a whippin' and that magical name echoed throughout the catacombs of the K (TEA-HEN!!! TEA-HEN!!!! TEA-HEN!!!) Not only is Mark on a couple of my fantasy teams (don't ask why) and I was looking forward to a couple of RBIs, but the game was tied with a chance to take the lead and turn it over to Joakim "The Padres Are F***ing Idiots For Letting Me Go" Soria! Then Teahen doesn't even take the bat off of his freakin' shoulder for cryin' OUT LOUD! (Dylan passes out)
Alright, I'm back. So of course Soria came in and it started to pour and he ended up giving up a couple of cheap runs. Good! Great! Grand! Wonderful! I've got a bowl of chocolate pudding in my underpants! As I clicked the "stop" button on my official 1974 Olympic stopwatch (ok, i actually just looked at the clock on the scoreboard) I had been at Kauffman Stadium for 14 hours and 21 minutes. Yikes. Will I be back at the K the next home stand? Of course I will. It is a disease... no an addictive disease that keeps me crawling back for more and leaves me tearing my hair out and forces me to pad the walls of my room. But I love it. And I love Royals baseball. And no matter how the heavens test me, they can't and won't keep me away.
Wow. Anyway, the Royals won tonight and the bullpen didn't give up a run against the struggling Twins, who somewhere along the way forgot how to run the bases. Soria pitched great again and Dejesus got back on track. Hopefully the Zack Attack can rebound tomorrow against the future #47 Hennegan's Whiskey Car NASCAR driver BOOF BONSER!!!
When you first inspect the Crown Club level ticket and see the $180 tag, the prospect of getting your money's worth is, at first, difficult to fathom. Last night, I came close.
First of all, watching the game from the Crown Club is an unbelievable experience. The only way to get closer to the plate is to set up launch chairs behind the umpire, wearing full catcher's gear, and that is BARELY an upgrade.
Now, though I believe that the Royals should have paid me for all the closeups and constant screen presence that I gave their broadcast (holla at you Craven, and my brother for the constant updates), me and my cohorts made the price tag look like an extreme discount. We like beer. We really like beer.
I'd like to thank everyone involved for a kickass time. I won't forget that for a long time, although the rest of the night...well, use your imaginations people. I go to KU.
Thanks a ton, Brian.
Jake, you're a good lookin man. Just puttin it out there for the web to know.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It doesn't spin! Mesmerizing work from Odalis Perez, who was the same guy who ceased his O's 45 charity because he wasn't getting any recognition, saying, "When you spend your own money you want to be recognized for that," Perez said. "I don't want to be a hero, but just pay more attention to what I'm doing. People don't want to give me the recognition for it." Here's to honesty. Thanks to deadspin for the lead.
After acknowledging the various signs that the Royals are just going to nestle into old patterns (i.e. lose), I turned to the "hype" game, and what an amazing performance by Felix Hernandez. I know this is a Royals blog, but I swear this will be my last Mariners' post all year. But seriously. That was incredible.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
5 years. 55 million. what seems so familiar about those numbers??? hmm... hmm... oh, yeah, it is the exact contract that AJ Burnett received to go to Toronto in 2005. Toronto. When I think AL East, I think Bean Town and Pinstripes, not Moose and people speaking French, but maybe that's just me. Yes, Burnett's stuff is marginally better (ok quite a bit better) than Meche's but this is the exact same circumstance that the little biotch complained about when we signed Meche.
The point is nothing would satisfy me more if De La Rosa can go out there and win us this series tonight. I think we can probably handle Gustavo Chacin (knocks on wood).
PS: I heard a rumor that there is a Ricciardi v. Buddy Bell steel cage match after the game. My life savings is riding on Buddy.
Monday, April 09, 2007
In today's Kansas City Star, Jason Whitlock proclaims the future greatness of Gil Meche. Along the way, he drops the classic line, "Captain Sweeney is swinging the bat like a fifth of Captain Morgan after a date with Grey Goose." But yeah, Sweeney is playing terribly. Just counting down the seconds to his inevitable half-season injury.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
2. Detroit Tigers--Detroit improved their offense by adding Gary Sheffield and losing deadweight Dmitri Young, but their pitching staff takes a huge hit with Kenny Rogers being lost until the summer. This team can win, but I just don't see the pitching holding up, especially the sparkling performance of last year's bullpen. Todd Jones? How did he do that last year? Look for Joel Zumaya to absorb the closing duties once and for all. Will certainly contend for the AL Wild Card and should be close to the top of the division by season's end.
3. Minnesota Twins--This team needs another Liriano to help them compete with the rest of the division, and AAA pitcher Matt Garza is no Liriano. Johan Santana, who will pitch decently for two months before becoming unhittable through the summer and into the end of the season, needs to perform at that clip again. C Joe Mauer is a solid player, but he's playing hurt. CF Torii Hunter is in a contract year and likely won't be retained. 1B Justin Morneau stole the MVP award from Derek Jeter, and maybe he'll be just as good as he was last year. This team is a few injuries away from the bottom of the barrel.
4. Chicago White Sox--Sigh. As much as I think the Sox are falling hard, I don't think they'll be in the AL cellar. They have a good bullpen, a good power lineup, and good, aging starters. They could finish anywhere 2-4 in the division, and it wouldn't surprise me.
5, Kansas City Royals--The Royals are not going to lose 100 games this season, but they certainly won't benefit from playing in baseball's deepest division. The difference between this year and others, though, is I think for the first time in a decade we have a good young corps of players we can build off of with Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, David DeJesus, Ryan Shealy, and Mark Teahen. We're not going to let our own developed players float to a bigger market anymore. Do I think we'll make some noise in the Central? Not this year. But it's a start.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
AL Central Predictions:
1.) Detroit Tigers: A healthy Shef will be helpful and Bonderman projects as a potential Cy Young candidate. Maybe the Royals will make their fans cry at the end of the year again...
2.) Cleveland Indians: Sizemore and Hafner. Big bats. MVP candidates. The Indians have helped out the bullpen with several additions such as Joe Borowski and can't possibly be any worse in the pen than last year.
3.) Minnesota Twins: Johan Santana.
4.) Hold Yer Breath....... Kansas City Royals: Bold, I know. I like the young lineup and am prepared and expecting the new Yoga Master Mike Sweeney to play at least 120 games. Pitching gets a little dicey after Greinke, but the return of Luke Hudson and Scott Elarton should help.
5.) Chi Town White Sox: I really think this team is going to tank. Their pitching staff continues to age with guys like Jose Contrares and Mark Buerhle at the front of the rotation. The lineup also consists of a bunch of old men: Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, Darrin Erstad?!?!?!!, etc. I just don't see this bunch getting it done this year.
There ya go, Yao. Corban you can pick apart my way too optimistic Royals prediction if you want.
Could it really be any easier to please fans that suffered through one of the worst seasons ever recorded by a major league shortstop? Bang a couple triples off of the wall, make a nice play over second base, and don't boot any balls and tpj is on his way to becoming the next Cookie Rojas! When asked by Corbynation when I thought Junior's next triple would be, i foolishly responded with one word: "July". Several innings later, and the better half of the Pena family crushed one off of almost the exact same spot of the left-center field wall and safely slid under a Mike Lowell tag. He then got up, pranced over to the seats, walked up to my row, and swiftly slapped me across the face. Did I mention that our "shote"stop actually drew a walk as well? Let's review: In one day, TPJ doubled the number of triples that the "angel in the infield" hit in 500 at bats last year and came up with a 14th of the walks of big whiff berroa. Will TPJ come up with 324 triples this year? who knows....? It was a great day, and a great start, so let's hold onto that for now.
UP NEXT: A man with a lot to prove this year, Odalis Perez, faces off against a man who gave up a load of homers last year, Little Joshie Beckett, tonight at 7 out at the K. Hopefully OP(P)'s blister problem doesn't turn out to be like this fella's very familiar sounding blister problem.
NOTE: Check this out...
(For whatever reason, "Kevin's Royals Blog" does not sound very appealing to me.
Better than "Randy Rites about the Royals", I guess)
NOTE-NOTE: Does it not look like Varitek is just about to rip butt right in Pena's face in the above picture?
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
As most of you know by now, our own Kansas City Royals dusted the Boston Red Sox 7-1 in yesterday's home opener. Mark Grudzielanek came through big on the same day he received his Gold Glove, driving in three runs as a part of the Royals 12-hit attack. Tony Pena, Jr. hit two off-the-wall triples. Gil Meche looked like a bargain. I'd like to offer some thoughts on yesterday's game (which both authors attended):
--Who the hell is Angel Berroa?
--The Royals struck out 10 and walked one, which has to be the greatest K/BB ratio the Royals have ever posted.
--People got drunk. Kansas City remains the classiest location in the midwest.
--Live hot dog race? I'm not sure I'm ready for this.
--Plenty more gimmicky Royals marketing to come, I fear
--REO Speedwagon postgame concert this summer is in the works (????)
--Buddy Bell had a blowup doll labeled "J.P. Ricchiardi" that he was punching after the game. Is the vaunted Royals/Blue Jays rivalry finally approaching Yankees/Red Sox levels?
--Odalis Perez vs. Josh Beckett, 7:05 PM, Wednesday. See you all then.