Posts Tagged ‘Royals’
The entire crew of The Ballgame was together to discuss or commiserate the state of the current 2013 Royals. But this was a no-grumbling zone for the hour. We spoke with former Royals outfielder Brian McRae about his time growing up in the Royals clubhouse with his father Hal. We also talked to him about his very opinionated thoughts on what to do to fix the current Royals. We ended the show each giving our ideas on how to take the Royals, who went from first to last – back to first again.
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While the product on the field hasn’t been particularly good lately, we’ve got some radio excellence for you on show 21 of The Ballgame on ESPN 1510 AM. Greg Pryor and Jeff Logan dissected the woes of the Royals this past month. We talked about attitude, batting coaches and what can be done to right the ship. We also talked a little bit about Royals Fantasy Camp which is just around the corner! We were joined by Royals Fantasy Camp Alumnus Dennis Riffer.
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With Chris out for a couple weeks, Jeff and Greg got to talk to a great baseball mind. Doc Edwards joined the Ballgamers to talk about is time playing for the Kansas City A’s (63-65) and his time managing multiple clubs including the Cleveland Indians from 1987-1989. Later, Chris caught up with Frank White before a Kansas City T-Bones game to talk about his time with the T-Bones and the 1985 Championship Season.
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Moments before we went on air for our 19th show, we were met with the news that legendary Royals broadcaster Fred White passed away. Fred was a member of the Royals family for over 40 years. We spoke with Royals Hall of Famer, 2 time Cy Young Award Winner and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Sabehagen about Fred, his career in Kansas City and his upcoming appearance on June 20. Bret shared some great stories about 1985, when he was only 21 and his time with co-host Greg Pryor.
We then spoke with Kansas City Star Cartoonist and Royals Blogger Lee Judge about the clubhouse energy with the 2013 Kansas City Royals. He also shared some Fred White stories.
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This week, we spoke with five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glover and Royals Hall of Famer, Amos Otis. A.O. talked with us about telling lies, corking bats and the rest of his storied career where he was inarguably the greatest Center Fielder in Royals franchise history.
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By Chris Kamler
Kauffman Stadium turned 40 years old this week. I also turned 40 this year. She looks a helluva lot better than I do. And it is the small changes, the little tweaks that has made her improve so much with age. One thing you’ll notice are the huge TIDE ads missing from the giant wells in the upper deck. Those were tacky and simply unnecessary. There’s a fine line between gaudy advertising and name recognition. I’m glad they’re gone.
Kauffman Stadium remains my most favorite location on the planet. And it is the greatest gift I can pass along to my son. He and I went to Opening Day today and to see him navigate the Kauffman crowd, enjoy the proper way to eat a hot dog (although we fight over ketchup or mustard) and show him the finer skills of checking out the hot ballpark girls without staring is something I’m most proud of.
The Crown Vision continues to be the most glorious piece of electronics I’ve ever seen. And the pregame festivities with the countdown, the fireworks off of the crown and the sound system are incredible. A team of about a dozen men and women come up with the content for this board and they do an incredible job.
I generally stay away from Kauffman beer since I don’t want to take a second mortgage out on my house, but I did notice that there has been a change with the large sodas. We like to get the souvenir cups and those usually run $6 or $7. Well, this year, they are still $7, but they come with a sticker for a free refill on soda. This automatically will save us $20 each game.
On the downside, cellular service still is beyond terrible on games with more than 10,000 people there. I have AT&T service, and as soon as the first pitch happened, smartphone service went in the toilet. You can save me as much money as you want on Dr. Peppers, but if Daddy can’t tweet, Daddy ain’t comin’ out to the game. Twitter has simply changed the way I (and many others) watch the game. We need it at all times. IF that sounds codependent, it’s because it is.
There was no B2 Bomber flyover like there had been in years past. Blame Obama. That’s the extent of my political commentary. Check the other 3 boxes on this page.
Turning to the product on the field, at least through 7 games, you have to be impressed. Not necessarily because of the pitching, which has been inconsistent. Or the hitting, which has been inconsistent. Or even the defense and speed, which are improved, but inconsistent. It is how Ned Yost has managed to orchestrate these inconsistencies and clearly put forth a product with a “win now” mentality. He is learning game to game rather than month to month like in years prior and you have to be impressed with the product so far.
The proof is in the pudding, but with such a beautiful stadium to play in, a re-energized fanbase and a slogan that might actually match the team (#ComeToPlay), this might be a fun year to be a Royals fan.
“Opening Day (Home Opener) for the Royals resulted in a come from behind win against the Minnesota Twins as the Royals scored 3 runs in the 8th to win 3-1. But the home opener is rarely about wins and losses, and more about reconnecting with friends, a stadium and a ballclub. Go Royals.”
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The beginning of March Madness means we’re talkin’ baseball. The Royals remain red hot in spring training and we talk about a great Royal who made the most of his opportunities. We spoke with former Royals outfielder and 1985 World Series Champion Pat Sheridan. Our cast of Chris Kamler, Jeff Logan and former ’85 teammate Greg Pryor spoke with Pat about his time with the Royals, but also about his sweet mustache, running 4.4 40 and playing for Sparky Anderson.
During our fifth episode of The Ballgame, we talked with 10 year MLB veteran, utility infielder and First Baseman, Pete LaCock. We talked with Pete about his time with some of the greatest Royals teams in history; his time with the Cubs and even inappropriate nicknames he’s had. Pete spends his time now working with Zinger Bats and golfing.
You can catch the entire episode here.
Our original guest was unable to make it, so we talked baseball for an hour on The Ballgame, just Chris Kamler and Jeff Logan. Well, we mostly talked baseball. We also talked a little Big 12 Basketball for some reason, and then, somehow mixed in the phrase “shucky ducky quack quack” into the conversation. All the while, we touched on the gaps remaining in the rotation, the fight for second base and what to look for from the KC Baseball Historical Society in their February Monthly Meeting. Join us every week at 4:00 for lively baseball discussion and a few shenanagans on ESPN 1510 AM and 1510.com.
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