When the call came over his radio about possible drownings in Chennault Park the afternoon of June 29, 1983, Marvin Dearman of the Monroe Police headed to dive into the fateful Louisiana pond where Chiefs running back Joe Delaney lost his life trying to save drowning children he didn’t know.
About 120 miles from Kansas City, the first exit in Iowa on Interstate 35 is for a remote town of about 2,300 named for a king in the Book of Mormon. It was against this improbable backdrop that Caitlyn Jenner — then known as Bruce, a Connecticut Yankee in King Lamoni’s court — became a star decathlete and future Olympian, before recently changing names and announcing she is a transgender woman.
Star columnist Vahe Gregorian writes that for all the hiccups and swerves and exasperating moments that came with general manager Dayton Moore’s fantasy to save the Royals, maybe none was more personally deflating to him than firing Trey Hillman in May 2010. That’s when Moore turned to special adviser Ned Yost, now the winningest manager in Royals history (411 wins) after his team beat Milwaukee 3-2 Thursday.
Until someone proves, or even alleges, that Royals fans have engaged in some kind of hacking scheme instead of just going to extremes within the system, any anger or resentment at Royals fans over the voting for the All-Star Game is misdirected. And manager Ned Yost and the Royals themselves have handled this beautifully.
If you’re not a St. Louis Cardinals fan, there is plenty of fun to be had over the team’s alleged hacking of the Houston Astros’ computer database. But the allegations, if proved true, would be a loss for all. It would diminish not just the Cardinals but also further bludgeon a flickering belief in our institutions and, more specifically, the notion that ethics prevail in sports.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s eighth-inning home run Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers provided dazzling testimony to his point about the ebb and flow of a season … and perhaps a preview of better days ahead.
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Yordano Ventura, who in his last few starts seemed finally to have shrugged off the volatility that defined the early part of his season, experienced a dramatic relapse Saturday as Kansas City lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers.
Salvador Perez deserves money befitting his rising stature, and he has proven himself exceptional … but the Royals extended themselves before they had to and aren’t obliged to do anything more until they have to again.
Catcher always has been and always will be an inherently vulnerable position, and more than anything else that explains why Salvador Perez was out of the Royals lineup on Wednesday. Short of encasing him in bubble-wrap or contouring him in Iron Man’s armor or simply not playing him, there is no way to ensure that he’ll get through any night unscathed.
Darryl Motley, the star for the Kansas City Royals of game seven of the 1985 World Series, also has unique connection to managers Ned Yost and Dick Howser. Yost enters tonight’s Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland with 402 wins with the Royals and is about to surpass Howser for the most wins by a Kansas City manager.
Arguably the best female athlete in the world at the present time, mixed-martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey is comfortable arm-barring opponents in the ring as she was signing copies of her new book Thursday night in Kansas City.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who has been undergoing treatment for lymphoma since early this year, has a kindred spirit and teammate in rookie wide receiver Kenny Cook, a free agent from Gardner-Webb who fended off cancer to play football again.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs in seven innings Sunday against the Cardinals and opened the game in an apparent funk as the first four Cardinals reached base. But he settled down and retired 14 in a row at one point.
If Royals manager Ned Yost could have his way, he might be inclined to stock the American League All-Star roster with his own. But Yost isn’t going to have much sway or wiggle room in forming the team.
Last season, Royals manager Ned Yost was being fitted for a dunce cap by The Wall Street Journal. After an American League championship in 2014 and his success this season, he appears to have the Midas touch.
Exactly a year ago Friday, Mike Moustakas was lost in transition, gridlocked at a crossroads of his career and relegated to a remedial assignment in Class AAA Omaha. Now, Moustakas is one of the top hitters in the American League and the Royals are on top of the league.
As suddenly as starting pitching seemed to emerge as a concern for the Royals, just as suddenly it’s been revived. Punctuated by Jeremy Guthrie’s six shutout innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals tied the 39-year-old franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 24.
When I was 11 years old and we had just moved from Austin, Texas, to Ardmore, Pa., Sunoco put out a 56-page stamp album called NFL ACTION ’72. Acquiring the 624 stamps (24 per team, 26 teams at the time) to fill the pages became a quest.
Catcher Salvador Perez arguably is the most indispensable player the Royals have — which continues to create a confounding dilemma for them: How to maximize this remarkably astute investment (Perez continues to be an absurd bargain at $1.75 million this year) while not depleting him.