Twitter Tuesday: Lots of All-Star talk, plus Royals, Chiefs, Bowe, and Mizzou
The Kansas City Star
Relax, people. Dwayne Bowe can’t take his talents to South Beach. He can only play for the Chiefs this upcoming season.
Also, I wish Rex Hudler wouldn’t have called into the Border Patrol to back off his comments about wishing Jonathan Sanchez got taken out at the plate. Hudler’s an emotional guy, and nobody with any sense took him literally on that.
I know Rex a LITTLE bit, and I think I understand why he did it. He’s a genuinely good man who wants to be liked, and probably feels bad about letting a line get away from him. But it’s live TV, and you’re left with the impression that Hudler is either not confident enough that what he said will be taken in realistic context or that someone with the Royals told him to apologize.
Either way, good get for the Border Patrol but probably a spot where Hudler could’ve let it die.
Anyway, busy week, so let’s just get right to it. As you’d expect, the Royals and the All-Star game and Mizzou’s official move to the SEC are the hot topics.
Thanks for your help and this week’s food recommendation: tuna ceviche tacos at Extra Virgin.
Bonus book recommendation: Like Any Normal Day, by Mark Kram Jr.
@bmd473 why does it seem like you’ve only worked 2 days in the last 2 months, and how can I get a job like that? #twittertuesday
I got a lot of these, so…it’s good to be missed? There are, essentially, two times of year I can take vacation. My wife and I take a week off after the Super Bowl every year, and then the rest of my vacation essentially needs to be taken during the summer. This will be challenging this fall, when we’re moving into a new house the week before the Chiefs’ season opener.
But to answer your last question, you keep your filthy hands off my job.
@RoyalsFreeOut Who has the best Chicken Nuggets…..ever? #TwitterTuesday
I see what you did there, and I’m wondering if I’m an idiot for giving away all my awesome food recs for free when horrible ones are making money for folks.
Because who doesn’t know that Chik-fil-A makes the best fast food chicken?
@DannyParkins Where does coming to the studio every Monday at noon for Mellinger Monday rank on the things you do in a week? #twittertuesday
Ahead of grocery shopping, I’ll tell you that.
Because Carrington’s a peach.
@thillsman If Broxton gets voted in, can we squeeze Esky and Moose into his pants and send them instead? #twittertuesday
A few things…
1) Broxton has as much chance being voted into the All-Star game as this awesomely embarrassing video has of an Emmy^:
^ And, yes, I was just looking for an excuse to post that video.
2) Moose isn’t squeezing into any man’s pants, not like Tim Collins and Everett Teaford.^
^ And, yes, I look for places to post that picture wherever possible.
3) You guys are WAY too hard on Broxton. At least so far. The guy has converted. Save the venom for when/if he doesn’t. Joakim Soria circa 2010 is not walking through that door.
@rgeorge84 hey whats the word on bowe wanting to go to miami
The word is: ain’t.
We all need to have a better filter here. Bowe never said it. At least at this point, it’s just bored athlete talk on Twitter. Plus, even if Bowe DOES want to go Miami — that’s his hometown, after all — it’s out of his control. He can only sign there as a free agent, and he’s not a free agent.
Bowe will be a Dolphin if the Chiefs trade him to Miami. Which brings us back to the word: ain’t.
Speaking of things people got too worked up about…
@CornoObbligato I don’t care who he picks, but isn’t Cano saying he wants a Royal for the Derby and not picking Butler a middle finger to KC? #TT
I mean, you can take it that way, I guess. My suspicion is that Cano either forgot he said he’d take a Royal — it was a pretty off-the-cuff remark a while back — or thought the guys he picked gave him a better chance of winning.
Because, honestly, can you have much beef with the guys he picked? Jose Bautista is a no-brainer. Mark Trumbo has four more home runs than Butler this year, and as a rookie last year hit eight more than Butler’s career high. Prince Fielder only has 12 homers so far, but gimme a break with that swing, the guy was created for home run derbies.
And I’d say all this today even if I didn’t say what I said yesterday.
@txtigerfan1 how big is this sept 8th sec opener vs. Georgia going to be for #MIZSEC
In the weeks and especially days leading up to that game, my guess is it will be easy to assume it’s a make-or-break for Mizzou, that their worthiness of being in college football’s toughest football conference will forever be judged on these four quarters of a game and I hope if I get caught up in this that some of you will remind me I said the following:
It’s important, but not critical.
Let’s relax, people. Mizzou’s gonna be in the SEC for a long time — they remind us of that all the time, don’t they? — so they don’t need to build a reputation all in one Saturday.
I also am not in the camp that seems to believe Mizzou is going to serve as SEC tackling dummies. I think they’ll be competitive, and right away. My expectation is .500 in the league.
Beating Georgia is important because it’s a home game, and a potential swing game that you’d like to have when, for instance, Alabama comes to Columbia. But if the Tigers lose that game, let’s all remember that there will still be more games.
But I’m hearing a lot of this…
@Z12superfly is this the most pressure on Mizzou’s football team in it’s history?
In my mind, they just can’t suck. That’s it. Gotta win more than two conference games.
@ColeYoung #twitterTuesday Now that Missouri is an SEC state where should I get the strap that goes on the back of my sunglasses?
OK, that’s not bad.
@ojohnson1 When will Mizzou realize that leaving the Big XII for the SEC was the dumbest idea ever? I say next week. #TT
I’ve said this over and over: I think Mizzou should’ve stayed in the Big 12, especially after seeing how things turned out, but it’s completely dishonest to say that joining the most powerful league in the country — especially when it’s not a stretch geographically or culturally — is a mistake.
It’ll be fun getting to know the SEC, but I will miss having all the local schools in the same league. Hopefully the Border War can start back up within four or five years and we can get a real connection back.
@morelandj over/under for number of Mizzou SEC championship game/series appearances the next 3 years: 1.5. Bonus: name the sports & years.
Well, let’s be honest: nobody really cares about anything besides men’s basketball and football. But I think I’ll still take the over, because the basketball team should be pretty good right away and the football team is in the right division.
@RealJEllis If you could pick 8 participants (4 AL, 4 NL) for an all-era HR derby at the K, who would you choose? #TwitterTuesday
Love this question. And since we’re playing fantasy here, I’m assuming I can take the players in whatever season I want.
American League: Babe Ruth (1927), Bo Jackson (1989, because this is my team and I pick who I want), Reggie Jackson (1969), Josh Hamilton (2008).
National League: Mark McGwire (1999), Sammy Sosa (2002), Willie Mays (1962), Barry Bonds (2001).
@brentbeats All-Star madness will be over in a flash. What do you plan on doing to soak in the moment/breath it in/take stock of it all? #TT
This job means I’ve been very lucky to see a lot of very cool things, and admittedly, I haven’t always been great about taking in those moments. There are exceptions, like a swaying Fenway Park or a buzzing Yankee Stadium or a rocking Allen Fieldhouse or Eli Manning’s throw down the left sideline in the Super Bowl.
But to answer the question, it’ll be two ways. The first is just walking around downtown and around the Plaza and trying to notice the small things about the energy. The second is taking those awesome five minutes before the game starts next week, the short period of time I’ve always thought is the coolest part of a big event: the anticipation, when anything is possible and there is nothing left to do but wait.
@mdbbiggs this trade may/should be what gets moore fired.
This has been a wild season already, crazy ups and depressing downs that have just amplified the usual fire-him-this-week, cheer-him-next-week nature of a long baseball season.
But there’s no getting around the Melky-for-Sanchez trade. This one is an unmitigated disaster.
Melky is building an MVP case, and Sanchez is building a AAA case.
When Dayton Moore is fired — and I say “when,” because they’re almost all fired eventually — that trade will be mentioned. But that day is a long way off, still, and deservedly so because Dayton took a farm system that was the industry punchline and turned it into the industry standard. The Zack Greinke trade has turned out well. Jonathan Broxton was a good buy for $4 million. The bullpen is stacked. Help looks to be on the way for the rotation.
Dayton’s time has been far from perfect, and nearly all the criticism on him is fair. But he’s also done some very promising things with this franchise, and deserves to see it through.
@T_Kohn Which Royal player or prospect will go to the most All-Star games? #tt
The easy pick is Butler. He’s already got one, and is the most likely to stay in Kansas City even beyond the extension he signed.
But my pick is Sal Perez. The guy is just an absolute horse, and assuming he stays healthy, the Royals control his contract through 2019. That’s a lot of time to make more than a few All-Star teams, and he has the advantage of playing a less stacked position than Butler (or Moustakas or Hosmer, for that matter).
The wild card would be someone like Jake Odorizzi or, if you believe he’ll throw strikes, Mike Montgomery.
@jacknowland what is the worst case scenario for all star weekend?
One of a few things:
Oklahoma Joe’s serves bad meat.
Bud Selig faints from the heat.
A tornado rips through the Plaza.
People see Kent Babb and think we’re all like that.
Carlos Beltran and Melky Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs to win it for the National League.
Simple: it’s a popularity contest, and popularity is earned over time. More time than a half a season.
@t_cas23 in order…who has strongest case for ROYALS hall of fame… Bo, Beltran, or Damon?
They should — and I hope eventually will — all get in. My bias on Bo is obvious, but I’d actually put them in the exact order you had:
Bo for his folk hero qualities, then Beltran for his breathtaking ability, then Damon for his numbers.
@billybkc In your eyes what is the best seat in the house for the home run derby? #twittertuesday
Gotta be the outfield. Normally that means left field for home run derbies, but with Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder and Carlos Gonzalez in the mix right field might be just as good. Plus, I’m not sure which side of the plate Beltran will hit.
@TheFakeNed #TwitterTuesday Hypothetical: Visitors to KC have only 60 minutes and can pick one place to go to “see” KC. Go.
I’m taking more than one place if you’re giving me an hour.
We’re gonna start at the front of the line at Arthur Bryant’s, and after scarfing down lunch make a quick tour of the Negro Leagues Museum. I figure we’ll have about 20 minutes left to walk around the Plaza.
@edgla what is the one KC thing fans will get tired of hearing about while watching the ASG festivities? Fountains, BBQ, nice ppl or ??
I don’t know what you’re talking about, but if you’ll pardon me, I’m meeting a very nice man for lunch at Gates.