A Royal hello from Kansas City

Greetings from my hotel room in Kansas City, where the same type of Opening Day clouds that dogged the Yankees have decided to pop up as the Royals prepare to crack the seal on their 81-game home slate at Kauffman Stadium.

George Brett was on television this morning pumping up the Royals fans for a team that appears to be under construction in search of better days, and that’s appropriate, since their ballpark is also undergoing renovations.

The most striking change, and one I’m looking forward to seeing, is the new giant HD scoreboard in center field — the largest of its type in the world, apparently. I always liked the classic shield scoreboard but this one is supposed to be a beauty. By the way, everyone around here is going absolutely nuts for Kansas. So am I … I had the Jayhawks in a pool.

The rain is expected to pass and the Yankees are supposed to get the game in. It won’t matter much to Derek Jeter, though, as he mends a strained left quadriceps that we’ll have to watch closely. Jeter plays through injuries often so I wouldn’t expect this to keep him out of action for too long, but it could affect his productivity.

When I was covering the Mets in 2005, Carlos Beltran (a Kansas City alum, by the way) gave a day-by-day play-by-play of a strained quadriceps that seemed to last for months, and explaining why he wasn’t able to use his speed on the bases anymore. Jeter won’t go into that sort of detail, but that doesn’t mean he won’t wince in pain.

Here’s this week’s Yankees Mailbag in case you missed it.

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I’m starting to think that these posts by Bryan Hoch are invisible only to me. I come here, and I don’t see anything. I come back and then there’s 97 posts from the day before.

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In short Wilson Betamit sucks.

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Trust me, who, I was making jokes about how we were playing last night BECAUSE of all the things you illustrated in your post. It’s only April. I would imagine that the bats will wake up any time, and then we are in business. I meant no disrespect to the Yankees with my posts, just making light of the situation.
Now then, Wilson Bet “We should do exactly what Matt says if Jeter has to take a stint on the DL” amit is another matter. He is the worst utility man to ever wear a Yankee uniform in the 105 years we have been called the Yankees. I would take 20 Luis Sojos before one Wilson Betemit. At least Enrique was a Red Sox killer. Miguel Cairo would at least get the bat on the ball and force the other team to make a play. We need to drop Betamit like a hot rock.

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Yeah wholohan, I agree with you. I think the ragging on Arod was just more of a “here and now” thing. It’s not too often he strikes 4 times, twice looking. I don’t think…well I certainly HOPE that no one is riding him right now. I guess I’ve seen worse from Yankee fans, but I wouldn’t worry about that. I do totally agree with you that Girardi has them doing the right things. I LOVE to blame managers for a lot of things, but when I watch the Yankees, all I see are their own personal performance mistakes like not hitting with RISP, misplaying balls, walking guys at inopportune times. I think once the execution comes around, we’re in good shape.

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Are we kidding here, yeah the Yankees aren’t playing well here but I read up and down this blog and saw us ragging good players, Arod jumps out at me. The man only carried the team with Jorge at the start of last season. The only person I can’t stand on this team right now is Wilson Bet “I effing suck monkey testes and can’t hit slow pitch softball let alone a change-up, let alone a fastball” amit. I even like Farnsworth better. Give the team time, Phil pitched really well in his first outing and the cold definitely had an effect on him, when your fingers are numbed its a lot harder to have command, and with Jorge’s arm dead it was free bases all day, walks and singles were auto-doubles, I mean Billy Butler could have stolen on Jorge’s arm today. Let’s worry more about getting healthy than ragging on slaw starts. IF this were the middle of the season a 5 for 27 slump (Cano) would be a lot easier to swallow. We’re sitting at .500 with the Suchs and Baltimore is on top of the division. Honestly how long is that going to last, how many games is Aubrey Huff going to go 4 for 4? Not many, I see some good things on this team for example Bobby Abreu walking the other night when he needed a double for the cycle instead of swinging at bad pitches. Joe G. has the team doing the right things being patient at the plate again something we got away from in the past and the hits will come. And Chaz I do agree on a day like this swinging at the first pitch is fairly unintelligent.

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Nah, go for it. Just don’t say that I endorsed it, heh.

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The fat girl doesn’t even have a waist. A contract is asking too much. Is it rude if I ask?

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Hey OB,
Does that fat girl have a contract? We could sign her.

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Can the weather really be blamed or is that just an excuse? I wouldn’t know becuase I never hit a baseball…ever.

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obsportsgirl,

I agree with you about not rushing Jeter. That’s why I’m in favor of moving Rodriguez over to short and have Ensberg at 3B, and call up Cody Ransom. Cut Bet “You want to puke all over me Matt” amit, period!! It’s absolutely counterproductive to keep a player who strikes out an average 3-4 times a game in the lineup. This was a big worry for me if one of the infielders went down with an injury then Betamit would have to start for a number of games in their place.

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OBSG, not creative, yet yours was the best one yet.

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Yep

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Will the “Bombers” go quietly into the night?

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Personally I’d take Betemit over and injured Jeter any day. Let Jeter get better, we can’t rush him. I mean if you don’t give him time the alternative is Wilson Bet “I’m not creative enough to come up with anything” amit at shortstop for a while. Hell no. The so not athletic fat *** girl who can’t even turn on a treadmill in my gym can hit better.

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I think she will leave that to the pros like Betamit!!

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Yeah, but can she strikeout from BOTH sides of the plate?

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thanks chaz I thought he had 3 Ks before that last one, my eyes are playing tricks on me.

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Cashman should replace Betamit with my one-armed, one-legged 94- year old grandmother, at least she has a better chance of hitting!!!

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Wilson Bet “you are starting to see the only thing on the diamond I’m any good with is” amit.

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Thanks Bet “You guys wish I were never born” amit, for going from a 3-1 count to, yes, striking out again. I thought I was just kidding with all these things I’ve been doing with Betamit’s name, but JJJJEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZ!!!!!

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My bad, Wilson’s line:

1-4, 3 K’s, 1 LOB
Lmao.

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Wilson Bet “you would like to see my new hat” amit.

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At least we’ve only left 17 runners on base. LOL.

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Jason Giambi: the Great Giambino, the Colossus of Drought, the King of Crap, The Sultan of Suck.

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Is this old timers day? Why are the Yanks hitting like geriatric-no joint men? I think they need the candy Joe. All this snacking on nuts and old people food is doing something to their ability to hit. Kansas City is actually not so bad this season but are they really that good? I’m not that gullible.

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Whatever you call it, Melky was the last Yankee to be honored.

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Most announcers call it the “Platinum Sombrero”, but I’ve heard “Platinum Pompador” and “Platinum Derby”.

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Not bad, Traber.

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I think playing with these 7-man lineups is just brutal!!

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Does anyone know what 5 strikeouts is called? I know I’ve seen it before, but I forget what the announcers said.

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Ross Gload even can swipe a base on us!

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Heh, at least he swung this time. You gotta take the small steps.

Is it just me, or do the Yankees just look out of it today? Who decided to schedule a day AFTER a night game with travel in between AND against a team that had a day off? The conspiracy runs deeper than just ESPN…

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Apparently, the Yanks were just teasing the fans last night, these guys are still sleep walking through the season!!!!

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He’s got to get by Betamit first!!!!

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M-V-P, M-V-P

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Let’s see if the Yankees can bat around and give him a run at the Platinum Derby!

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Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!
Gol-den Som-brer, Sombrero!
For A-rod!
Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!

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what a time for Rodriguez to do his Betamit imatation with 4 Ks!!

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Oh you know he was juicin’! 28 career dingers. That’s all I have to say.

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You actually think Cashman will welcome Pavano back with open arms? I’m not sure Cashman is going to let himself get hung by his manhood. He ain’t that stupid (yeah, right!!!!!!). If Bet “I can break the season strikeout record before the All-Star break” amit keeps averaging 3-4 K’s a game he’s going to hear it from the fans, and upstairs. Why would he risk anything for trash like Betamit and Pavano?

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Yay! Cano is almost back to the Mendoza line!

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Elfman,
Ozzie at the Bottom is awesome.

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I agree with the Ransom call up. He did show promise in spring training (I know, you have to take that with a grain of salt). He showed a lot of tools which Betemit doesn’t have. Betemit is a DECENT glove (his bonehead play today notwithstanding), but he’s not good enough to hit that poorly.

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You actually think that Cashman is going to allow one of his acquisitions to lose his spot on the team, Matt? Bet “you wish the Yankees still had Proctor” amit could go 0-forever and still be our utility man.

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Heh, did anyone see this article? Kinda funny.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7926552?MSNHPHCP&GT1=39002

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Yanks had a week bench at the time and needed to strengthen it last season. He has yet to show he was worth the price.

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Yanks need to call up someone like Cody Ransom, at least he can hit as his .278 Avg. and .500 Slugging% shows.

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Remember when the Yankees had both Proctor and Andy Phillips? I realize neither of them are going to be HOFers, but Betemit sure makes it seem that way. Why did the Yankees fall in love with him several years ago?

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The Royals are just hanging back a looking fastball on every at-bat. Spoiling pitches, working the count, getting pitches to hit. Hell, they look like the Yankees.

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Bet “you wish I didn’t make you so sick”amit is becoming more and more of a joke. 7Ks in 12 official ABs this season so far. This team cut Woodward in favor of him? IF it weren’t so pathetic I’d laugh!!

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Nothing pisses me off faster than a guy first pitch swinging.

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Wilson “Bet you wish Jeet wasn’t laid up” amit.

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Haven’t been able to score much since late Spring. Expect things to get harder with Bet “I’ll show you how much I suck” amit playing in Jeter’s spot, and Giambi who is hitting less than Betamit. I didn’t think that was possible!!

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Congrats, Ross. You managed to strike out a guy batting .053. You’re a lock for a roster spot on the all-star team now!

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jeez Damon’s arm hah.

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Atta kid, Ross. Way to totally stink’n’suck!

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Welcome to Orioles-top-the-AL East-land

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Did I fall asleep and then wake up in a parallel universe? Since when are the Royals patient at the plate. And since when are we completely unable to score a damn run?

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He didn’t seem to have a clue in that last AB. I’m guessing the first 2 spooked him a bit

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Maybe it’s A-Rod that’s going for the Sombrero.

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That’s 3 backward’s K’s for A-Rod. He’s AWESOME.

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The Yanks pen looks pretty strong this year. Other than Hawkins implosion last week, everything’s gone remarkably well considering the inexperience of some arms and the poor track record of others

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Atta kid, Ross! Way ta rock’n’fire!

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Dang, Ross comes in and shuts the door. A DP and a 3 pitch K. 96 MPH heat, if you need him.

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Hopefully, Phil can get em next time. He didn’t have it today.

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Bad day at the office for Hughes.

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You’re right joe, they did draft him knowing he had arm problems, and he would need TJ surgery. Don’t expect to see him this season at all. His career is slated to start in ’09. As for Melancon his chances are slim since he has so few innings pitched.

OMG!!!!!!!! Bet “I strike out 4 times in this game” amit actually got an RBI single!! Unfortunately, I can’t watch this game since I’m at work, but a co-worker almost tripped over my jaw after it hit the floor.

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This is freaking stupid. Teams just run at will on us. This is why we can’t beat LAA.

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So…no one else is watching the prize young pitcher throw 89mph fastballs and wondering whats up?

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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!???? Betemit doesn’t even get to sniff Paulie’s jock! Let alone get his 21. It’s bad enough that they let Ensburg wear it. LOL.

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Give Betemit No 21 – he deserves the wrath.

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Bet “that RBI single was a fluke” amit.

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My man Hughes is in desperate need of a steak dinner inning.

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Dude, he’s going to break the century mark before he gets out of the 3rd.

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Giambi’s .077 average: Brilliant! I wonder if he’s trying to get 0’s in the first 2 decimal places? Nothing like an .007 average, eh?

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That’s twice that A-Rod has been punched out looking. What the hell is he waiting for, an invitation? Swing you putz!

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Bummers, no Jete tomorrow (likely). This’ll actually be the first or second game of nearly ten live games that I’ve seen that Jete hasn’t been in the lineup (over 12 years). Not too bad, but I hope he heals quickly.

Looks like the weather stinks in KC.

BTW, I agree with Chaz; on such thing as a small-market team. We’ve got global advertising, fans of every team in every locale. It’s not like KC can’t fill the seats with bodies… they just don’t WANT to come to see the product, and who can blame them? It’s one thing to be a fan like we are of a great organization that prides itself on winning (and not just divisions either), and it’s another to be a fan of a team that doesn’t or won’t invest in that product that they want the people of their communities and surrounding communities to visit. I’ve been supporting these supposed small-market teams as long as I’ve been a fan because it’s not easy or often feasible for me to get ticks to the Stadium. It certainly won’t be any more feasible next year either! Regardless of whether or not the fans that attend are hometown fans is somewhat moot. Do tickets get sold if the product is good? Yep.

While it’s certainly reasonable to state there’s more Yankee fans around the U.S. than there are Royals fans, it says something that Yankee fans whereever we are will attend a game (barring other economic reasons not to) no matter whose place we’re playing at. No, the bottom line is that yes, with Revenue Sharing some teams take in way more than they pay out in player payroll. While that doesn’t encompass all operating costs, it does send the message… and that message is not pretty if you’re a Royals fan, or Twins fan, or a lot of other teams.

One of these days MLB is going to lose that exemption and then we’ll really see what the Accounting Dept has to say!

Go Yankees! I’ll be at the game tomorrow, wave to me! :P

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Where is Hughes velocity?

The scouting reports I find on him have has fastball sitting 93-96mph in the minors, buts hes never been near that in his big league starts, more like 88-91mph. Thats a big big difference.

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Yea… Hughes has that many pitches because of his team mates. If it wasn’t for Bobby Abreu’s error and Betemit dropping the ball Hughes would have been out of the inning with 35 total pitches… The Yankees defense behind Hughes so far has been to say the least, abysmal.

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50 pitches through 2 innings. Something tells me that Hughes is in not danger of going the distance.

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Why is there no velocity on Hughes’ fastball?

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Cano is pissing me off!

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Lol, Betemit hits an RBI single

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There’s my boy! I’m telling you he is going to have a great game.

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Tiger SuperStar Miguel Cabrera is batting .105.

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Name any National League batter who has made the switch and immediately produced, particularly a utility man!

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Betemit’s line:

0-4, 4 K, 3 LOB

Yes, I predict the golden sombrero for this game. Betemit is terrible.

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Game is on the duece again??? Woo hoo!! HD!
Found out last night that, while I have the MLB Extra Innings package again, I dont have the MLB Super Fan which would give me the games in FRAKIN HD!!!!

BOB SAGET!!!

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Betemit is totally going to rock this game.

Apparently the start time at 4 has something to do with ESPN2’s tv schedule.

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Here’s a newsflash: There is no such thing as a small market team. Take, for example, the KC Royals, owned by the former CEO of Wal-Mart. Yeah, he’s broke, not a nickel to his name. He would rather line his pockets with profits from his horrible team and offer luxury boxes to his board members and clients, than reinvest money into his ballclub.

“The most striking change, and one I’m looking forward to seeing, is the new giant HD scoreboard in center field — the largest of its type in the world, apparently”

Evidently, this new board must have been donated. No way the lowly Royals can afford something like this. Just like Oakland can’t afford to make the most technologically advanced ballpark in the history of the world.

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To make you ask silly questions, OBSG. (As my Grandmother would say)

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Why is the game on at 4?

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I can’t believe my boy is hurt, I heard it was something that has been bothering him the past couple of weeks, it explains why he didn’t have a stellar spring training, but then again, he is kind of a slow starter at the plate, when Jeet hurts, I hurt. Anyway I’m late for the Rangers home opener, it will probably get rained out. Go Yankees.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 8, 2008

Louisville (Reds)
Scranton/WB 7PM
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Trenton 6:35PM
Altoona (Pirates)
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Dunedin (Blue Jays)
Tampa 7PM
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Savannah (Mets)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 7, 2008

Louisville (Reds) 9
Scranton/WB 2
W: J. Lehr (1-0, 1.13); L: J. Marquez (0-1, 18.00)
HR: LOU: J. Bruce (1). SWB: J. Lane (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_07_louaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 3
Altoona (Pirates) 2
W: J. Jones (1-0, 0.00); L: J. Hill (0-1, 5.40); SV: M. Gardner (1)
HR: TRE: C. Ehlers (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_07_treaax_altaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Sarasota (Reds) 7
W: R. Manuel (1-0, 0.00); L: I. Nova (0-1, 3.60)
HR: SAR: C. Valaika (2), J. Louwsma (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_07_tbyafa_sarafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Savannah (Mets) 2
Charleston 4
W: Z. McAllister (1-0, 0.00); L: A. Calero (0-1, 0.00); SV: C. Vacek (1)
HR: SAV: M. Bouchard (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_07_savafx_crdafx_1&t=g_log&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Bryan, regarding KC and other such teams, could You please clarify how MLB {pool” $ and revenue sharing actually work?

It is my, imperfect, understanding that a Team like KC gets about $35 Million from MLB from General Revenues (national TV, MLB merchandise, etc,) and another $35 Million from “Revenue Sharing: from the “rich” teams.

So, for example, the Marlins with a ridiculous payroll of $20 Million or so, get $70 Million to start, pocket $50 Million to Owners before a single ticket is sold.

Am I missing something? Or is this why “Clueless Bud Selig” was paid over $14 Million by MLB Owners last year? Seems like quite a scam on Teams, Cities and Fans of real MLB Teams.

Final thought, recall when Kaufman actually spent $ to have winning competitive team in KC. (Contrast with current most wealthy Owner in Minn,)

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Better to site out early and let it heal, than play thru it and sit out a whole season. I hope Jeet does what is right.

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