Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Trey It Ain't So!


Gordo Went 1-4, with a solo jack and both of the Royals RBIs in a 4-2 loss to the WSox.
(image courtesy of http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/baseball/mlb/03/22/8great.gordon/p1_gordon.jpg)

Oh, lordy, lordy. Things just never seem to change around here, do they?
Why do we even have Soria on this team?
Why do we have a lefty in the bullpen?
How did the Royals find a way to crush early season optimism just one game into the season?
And finally, why, oh why, are we incapable of finding a decent Major League manager???

After today, I have serious, serious doubts of the competence of Trey Hillman. You know what I think? We should just hire a 15 year old to manage the team. If it worked for the Twins in "Little Big League", why not? Either that, or a chimpanzee. Everybody loves a chimp, and even a chimp knows that you don't leave Kyle Farnsworth in the game (15 HRs allowed last season in just 60 innings) to face Jim Thome with the go ahead run on base. I mean, is a more obvious pitching change even possible? For starters, you have Ron Mahay, who was very effective out of the pen against both lefties and righties last year. Now, I understand that the Royals may want to ween Ronnie back into action with some pressure-less situations due to off-season surgery and limited action in Spring, but I still like my chances with the lefty. Now, the worst part of this whole thing... Joakim Soria sat in the pen without even stretching. Soria's gross underuse last season is a huge concern for me. You have your best pitcher available against their second-best hitter (assuming CQ repeats last year's productivity) in the most important juncture of the game... what am I missing here? I'm just going to assume that someone on the White Sox grounds crew drugged Soria with some kind of ether-on-the-towel trick, or something along those lines, cause this just didn't make any sense.

Hillman cannot afford to cost us games if we really are the fringe contender that I believe we are.

But... Tuesday afternoon wasn't all bad. Ok, yeah it was, but let's not quit on the season one game in. Seitzer magic was in full effect on opening day. Sure, the team left as many runners on base as there are people in the Verizon commercials following people around (how I loathe thee, Verizon advertising), but they forced Mark Buehrle into exiting the game after just 5 innings. The Royals worked the count very well until getting mowed down by the Sox pen, including the oddly-shaped ex-Royal Octavio Dotel. What a strange looking man. Anyway, the approach at the plate was pretty good today.

Opening Day MVP: Gil Meche - Outstanding today, especially the 6 Ks and 0 BBs

Opening Day LVP: Trey Hillman - Look above for explanation.

Link of the day: Check out "Trey Weigh", and in-depth look at Hillman's performance today by Brad Doolittle of the KC Star...

Upon Further Review is a great midwest blog, so check it out frequently.

Tip of the Day: If you want to see me at the home opener, head to the new Royals Carousel, where I will scaring little kids for the majority of the game... kidding. I'd start with the beer vendors, I won't be far...

Friday, April 03, 2009

Food Revolution at the New K


(photo courtesy of the Kansas City Star)

This is a Ribeye steak you can apparently order at concession stands in the renovated Kauffman Stadium. Come next Friday, I'm going to freakin' destroy this thing.

Sometimes on our little blog here, we get distracted by what's happening on the field and don't really address the simple joys of going to a baseball game, eating, drinking beer, and hanging out with your friends. I think many of those things are what makes me so excited to be at the new K next weekend, just the mere possibility that improved amenities and enhanced feel of the stadium will improve the experience of watching baseball, simple as that.

And, I'm a big stadium food guy, so I'm pretty thrilled by the plethora of new food options. The previous incarnation of the K's menu was well...limited. If you liked hot dogs, you'd be fine. If you wanted anything else, you'd be screwed.

Chop salads. Chicken sandwiches that aren't triple-deep-fat-fried in a bathtub sized fryer. These are welcome, welcome additions, while sticking to a loose idea of "ballpark" food and not going super subversive like a Seattle might (I once had sushi and saki sitting in the outfield of Safeco. It was weird).

But just look through this gallery! Tacos! Angus burgers! Pork Roast Sliders! Can I possibly eat all of this in one sitting? Maybe. Will I try? Yes.

I'll snap some pics at the K next weekend and put them up. Can't wait to ride that Slugger carousel right after Teahen hits two deep bombs.