David Brown

  • Ned Yost rips Royals fans for not showing up to big victory

    David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago

     

    Alex Gordon gave the Kansas City Royals probably their biggest victory in many years Tuesday night by hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Not only were the Royals delirious because they won a game it appeared they would lose, but Kansas City also maintained its 1 1/2 game lead on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

    Big night. And absolutely nothing could kill the buzz at Kauffman Stadium. Well, almost nothing.

    #Royals' Yost was not amused that only 13,847 fans showed up at The K. "I want our fans to enjoy this," he said. He has told me this before

     

    And "Yost" is not some ne'er-do-well sportswriter shaming fans about attendance, but instead is Royals manager Ned Yost. He is the buzzkiller. Yost elaborated on his complaint, adding an anecdote about the good old days, when he coached for the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and they were the happy upstarts of Major League Baseball. The way Yost remembers it, the Braves were filling Fulton County Stadium with Tomahawk Chopping every night down the stretch.

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    Sat, Aug 30
    4:10 PM PDT
    Cleveland at Kansas City
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  • Mike Napoli unimpressed with 451 foot homer he hit to fifth deck at Rogers Centre

    David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago

    Boston Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli has seen one home run. Therefore, he has seen them all.

    Napoli, staying on message, said he was not impressed with the distance and height of his 451 foot home run that landed in the fifth deck at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. Napoli probably was more into, emotionally, that his three-run shot was part of a seven-run 11th inning that keyed an 11-7 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

    The Associated Press reports that Napoli's home run was the first hit into the fifth deck in more than three years, and the 17th in the stadium's 25-year history. To him, it was "just another homer."

    ''I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere, trying to get a single with a runner in scoring position,'' Napoli said. ''I guess it's pretty cool.''

    I guess this is how Napoli usually is, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted:

    Say this for Napoli, he’s never impressed with how far he hits one. “Same as if it went in the first row,” he said.

     

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    Sat, Aug 30
    10:07 AM PDT
    NY Yankees at Toronto
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  • Alex Gordon makes like Superman and rescues Royals with walk-off homer

    David Brown at Big League Stew3 days ago

    The Kansas City Royals seemed bound to be shut out by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night until the bat boy spoke up with Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Manager Ned Yost explains, viathe Associated Press:

    ''The bat boy who never says anything turns around and says, 'Esky is going to get a hit and Gordo's taking him in the fountain,''' Yost said. ''I said, 'OK. Sounds like a pretty good plan.'''

    One that worked out perfectly, too.

    As if by request, Escobar blooped a single and Gordon connected for a rare Royals home run, a two-run shot against Twins closer Glen Perkins that gave Kansas City an exhilarating 2-1 victory. It was reason enough for Salvador Perez to drench Gordon in golden splendor:

     

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