Twitter Tuesday: Royals, Chiefs, Sporting, George Brett, Moustakas, Hosmer, anger, depression, and Stockholm Syndrome
The Kansas City Star
Vacation was great, thanks for asking. Long days on the lake, cigars, whisky, and a huge walleye that’s only getting huge-r with every passing day. This time next year, I’ll be saying it could’ve eaten me.
Good thing I didn’t miss anything back in Kansas City, too.
Oh, wait. The Royals continue to suck, and hired the franchise icon to be hitting coach and shake the two would-be franchise cornerstones off their training wheels. Here’s the column on that, by the way.
There really is a lot going on in our little sports world, especially for a time of year that’s supposed to be slow. The Chiefs are building out of an enormous hole, Sporting KC’s ownership just called losing a third home game “unacceptable,” and K-State has a chance at an unexpected College World Series that would cap a ridiculous sports year, but you can guess what the bulk of this week’s questions were about.
So let’s get to it. This week’s reading recommendation is actually from April, but Jim Trotter’s look inside the Raiders was fascinating even if it didn’t get the PR guy fired. The eating recommendation is the artichoke spread at Classic Cup.
As always, thanks for your help and for reading.
@Thuettenmueller You always say “Let’s have some fun” when asking for questions. Do you ever truly have fun?
True story: I’m wearing mesh shorts, a t-shirt, my dog at my feet while sitting in my favorite chair, typing words about sports. And, technically, I’m working.
So, yeah. I’m having fun.
@BobbyCave The Royals crash has destroyed me and Twitter Tuesday…have a good Summer.
Bobby then proceeded to send four questions about the Royals, which brings to mind either this movie scene …
… this Led Zeppelin song …
… or something I’ve mentioned before about many Royals fans, which is that …
@JimmyMCarroll It doesn’t have to be instant gratification, I just don’t want a masochistic relationship with the Royals anymore #TwitterTuesday
… at some point in the last 27 playoff-less, Ken-Harvey-in-the-back, 19-straight-losses, never-say-it-can’t-get-worse seasons, being a Royals fan has become something not entirely unlike Stockholm Syndrome.
@benhill88 Why is no one mad? Is it really possible Dayton Moore gets another manager AND an extension despite zero progress?
Is no one mad? Really? You need to get out more, my man …
@Dwclinkscales Why? Just, why? What did we as a fan base do to deserve this? Will we die unhappy? How do I get happy again? What is happiness?
… unless you’re too blinded by the sports depression to see the anger.
@DannyApgar Kauffman Stadium is a factory of sadness
Well, he’s not wrong.
@froggiemlm I have come to terms that the Royals are the new Cubs when it comes to success in baseball. It dosent matter who we bring in.
At least the Cubs have the good sense not to play “Friends in Low Places” every night.
@patronaut0709 #TwitterTuesday ESPN Rumor Mill has George Brett replacing Ned Yost at manager. What say you?
Those dots are fairly easy to connect, it’s an obvious thing to speculate on, but I’m not as sure as some. Even if we assume the Royals will continue to stink, and that Ned’s never-let-em-see-you-frown approach gets fired, I’m not convinced George would want the job.
It’s not insignificant that he took the hitting coach on an interim basis. Being a hitting coach is long hours. There’s always someone who wants to take extra swings, or watch some video, or do some soft toss, or just talk about approach. Managing is much the same way. There’s always a fire to put out, always a crisis to avert.
George loves the Royals and he’s frustrated about where they are right now, but he also lives a good life. I remember calling him once and he texted back that he was in Bora Bora, wouldn’t be home for a few weeks. Another time he was in Hawaii, on his way to golf while his family swam with dolphins.
I’m just not sure whether he’d want to take this on full-time, around the calendar. His kids are older now, but he also just turned 60. Guys don’t usually take on more work when they turn 60.
All that said, I do want to make two things clear. George isn’t built like a lot of us, and I mean all of this literally: I’m not sure if he’d want to do it. That’s a different thing than doubting that he’d want to do it.
@LaMar_Matt I think it’s pretty clear Moore should be fired. 2007: 69-93. Projected finish for 2013: 69-93. How likely is it though?
Many of you are more apocalyptic than I am on the big picture of the Royals. Here is one reason, and hear me out on this:
Baseball America named the Royals baseball’s top farm system in 2011. Since the mid-90s – I can’t seem to find the list – every team to receive that honor but one (Pirates) made the playoffs within four years. Depending on how much stock you put into that, this gives the Royals until next year to make good on the trend. Looking through history, you don’t have to search too hard to see farm-centric franchise rebuilds where a big year came after a crappy one.
The three examples that might best mirror what the Royals are TRYING to do:
The Rays played in the World Series the same year they picked first in the draft.
The Twins went from 93 losses to 85 wins in 2001.
The Rockies went from 86 losses in 2006 to one of the most farm-centric World Series teams in recent history the next year.
Now, three disclaimers:
Doesn’t take much cynicism to imagine the Royals joining the Pirates as exceptions to a rule about baseball success.
And whatever amount of cynicism you have about the Royals, you come by it honestly.
@chris_middaugh When do we start seriously considering something supernatural going on with the Royals? #TwitterTuesday
@kent_swanson So Hosmer and Mous will figure it out right before they’re FA’s, right? And we’re okay to hate them for that, right?
@thejessz signed up for mlbtv may 6. got monthly instead of yearly in case royals tanked. cancelled mlbtv may 29th. #predictable
@B_Fischer4 Is it bad that I don’t want #GB5 to be hitting coach or anything else? I don’t want his legend tainted by perpetual losing
Of course, there’s always this …
@MrBenMcGuire Will Brett’s cinematic biopic focus more on his amazing playing career or his Bill Snyder-esque turnaround of Royals batting?
… or this …
@DelusionalKCFan How much will this season’s pending miraculous title run increase Brett’s already amazing legacy? #Ourtime
… love the Twitter handle on that last one, too.
@EvanFahrbach what exactly is Brett saying to Moose in those long conversations they keep showing on FSKC?
Just a guess:
Hey, when I was your age I was making my second straight All-Star team and already won a batting title. You know, just FYI.
@tatchity Why does Moose get a free pass to not watch film? Seems like he should live there.
My first reaction to this is a bit like the guy earlier who asked why nobody was getting mad.
That said, a few things:
Different brains learn differently. Think about when you were studying for tests. Maybe you needed to be alone, maybe the music had to be on, maybe the TV in the background, maybe you had to highlight passages, maybe you did better visually, maybe you had to talk it out in a group study. The point is, we all take in information differently. I suppose the fear is that Moose is like I was in college, and his studying includes more beer and watching SportsCenter and making fun of his friends than actual studying, but I don’t think you can get away with that while hitting .186 in the big leagues without someone slapping you.
Big leaguers, generally speaking, don’t watch as much video as you might think. The new hitting coach, you might be interested to know, isn’t real big on video.
All that said, when it’s June and you’re hitting .186 you should probably be open to just about anything.
@BrianMcGannon name me the best Royals Royals hitting prospect right now not named Jorge Bonafacio.
Adalberto Mondesi, and it’s not close. Scouting reports on him read like the Penthouse Forum.
@Grant4MU would you rather gouge your eyes out with a spoon or watch this royals team?
Here’s the thing …
@DylanSheaTucker Would you strip yourself of all of your favorite foods and brews for 1 year if it guaranteed a Royals playoff appearance? #TT
… I thought you guys knew me better than this …
@mitchopkins Would you, PERMANENTLY, go vegan for the #Royals to charge a massive come-back and win the central? #TT
… because, holy crap, I love to eat and drink. Royals are on their own.
@AdamTKO coming to The K for bachelor party next weekend vs. the ‘Stros. Which made me think, good nickname for the #Astros - #StrosBros?
All I can think about here is that I hope that game isn’t the highlight of your bachelor party.
@nickrichie24 Biggest disappointment 1/3rd of the way through the season. 2012 Chiefs or 2013 Royals?
Man, we have short memories. Wasn’t it nine games before the Chiefs even had a LEAD? I can’t remember exactly when the banners started flying overhead, but jeez, what we saw last year from the Chiefs just doesn’t happen very often. That was an underachieving, awful, horribly managed, terribly coached, incompetently quarterbacked and unlikable mess. First time I can remember being around a team that the fan base actively hated as much.
Not even close.
And the Royals are a mess.
@theGeneric1 Wife wasn’t a fan of caddyshack pizza. My disappointment was almost royals-ish.
My condolences. But you know what’s weird? My wife doesn’t like it much either. First time we had it, she sort of shrugged her shoulders and I checked to see if she was an alien.
She’s actually not into the Peanut’s wings, either, but that one I think I’m OK with because I’m not sure what would happen if I saw the beautiful woman I love ripping apart that pterodactyl meat, slamming it into blue cheese, and then gnawing away like some caveman.
@TheJimmyHart Who gets credit for the year K-State athletics had? President Schulz, AD Currie, Coaches, Players, Fans? Break it down. #3MAW
First off, #3MAW is just nicely done.
Also, you guys know what I think about Bill Snyder but the players should get the bulk of the credit.
Good teams usually need good coaches, but the players are the ones doing it. There’s also a fair amount of luck or happenstance involved, because let’s face it, there was no masterplan to get all of this popping in the 2012-13 sports year.
What it does as much as anything, though, is further shame big-money and we-have-every-advantage Texas, and eliminate some excuses from other schools that don’t have enormous budgets – you know, like Kansas and Missouri.
@mattrippee what is your favorite Black Keys song? Nope. Wrong. It’s 10am Automatic.
I don’t know what my 24th favorite Black Keys son is, but whatever it is, I could listen to it all day. But right now, my favorite is Little Black Submarine. Still waiting to see if that fades with time, and if so, the competition will come from I Got Mine, Next Girl, and Thickfreakness. Or When the Lights Go Out. Or Stack Shot Billy. Or Everywhere I Go. Or, yeah, 10 am Automatic is great, too.
I need to stop now.
@DTrain_KC Pick one to watch in his prime again: J-Kidd or Grant Hill?
Kidd, because he’s a point guard and his passing is more likely to make a play I’ll remember the next day. But the cool thing about both these guys retiring now, at least for me, is that they’re obviously very different players but came into the league the same year (Kidd picked second, Hill third in 1994) and each had stellar, Hall of Fame (I hope) careers in which they were forced to find ways to evolve and remain effective.
Hill played something like eight seasons after a foot injury that some doctors said should end his career. Kidd came into the league as a terrible shooter – defenses used to play five feet off him – and as he retires, he trails only Ray Allen and Reggie Miller on the all-time three-point shooting list.
Incredible careers, both of them, and there’s probably something personal in here too since they came into the league when I was still in high school and retire when I’m married with a mortgage and trying to run every day to keep from becoming a fat old sports writer.
@AlanSwansonmed8 Rob H tweeted outed that Sporting KC home performance is unacceptable ? What actions will be taken?
I haven’t talked to anybody over there, so I guess I’m just speculating like the rest of you.
My takeaway on that, though, is that Robb might need to be careful here. I’m among his many admirers in Kansas City, but when ownership says things like this fans expect to see some action. Robb’s an emotional guy, and shows it. That’s something fans appreciate, I think. But there is a line between emotional support, showing fans you care … and creating drama that the players and coaches have to deal with.
?@cdotharrison If you could fix one thing about the NCAA, what would it be?
I wonder if the thing is too big to fix, but as long as we’re playing hypotheticals, I’d like to see the money being currently wasted on over-the-top lavish facilities, enormous coaching contracts, and redundant/unnecessary administrators go to athlete support.
There are a million ways to help more, to acknowledge the current reality that was unimaginable when the current system was created, but try this for the highest profile athletes:
Create a fund that pays draftable athletes who stay in school a good working salary. There’s more than enough money in TV contracts, and the setup would benefit all three interested parties: colleges would keep their valuable commodities longer, athletes would be better prepared for the pros, and the pro leagues would have better prepared (and marketable) stars.
Also, I’d do pretty much everything that Jay Bilas says. That guy’s so smart.
@KCBBQSauce #KC Mayor believes BBQ Sauce is a staple. Why won’t the #Royals add it to the Hot Dog Derby? It’s a travesty! Your thoughts?
I think you’re biased.