KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.
The Star's Vahe Gregorian, Blair Kerkhoff and Sam Mellinger discuss the Royals' trade for starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and say it's a move that shows the team is looking at the World Series, not just the playoffs. Video by The Kansas City Star.
Days of speculation and anticipation and fretting about solving the Royals’ most glaring vulnerability ended Sunday afternoon with the acquisition of ace pitcher Johnny Cueto. In one monumental burst arrived a harmonic convergence coinciding with a resurgence by Yordano Ventura that we could well look back on as the flashpoint when one of the best teams in baseball morphed into, in fact, the best.
What does the future hold for pitcher Yordano Ventura and the Royals after Kansas City sent its opening-day starter to the minors? The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the transaction.
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Jarring as this might seem, the notion of optioning Yordano Ventura to Class AAA Omaha was one the Royals needed to make lest they be perceived as being guided by one of the definitions of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Monday night after the All-Star Game a year ago, the Royals seemed lost and listless as they dropped seven of eight to tumble to eight games out of first in Chicago. All of which prompted “The Meeting,” which depending on your perspective either changed everything or was purely coincidental to what’s come in the year since.
Part of the legacy of Aaron O’Neal, who died 10 years ago, is the impact he had on coach Gary Pinkel and Mizzou football during a piercing and volatile period that defined the program then and going forward.
No doubt the Chiefs could have spent millions less to extend Justin Houston a year ago, before he led the NFL and broke Derrick Thomas’ franchise record with 22 sacks. But they wouldn’t have been spending with the same conviction that Houston, 26, is a cornerstone of the team.
Cincinnati might have been the epicenter of baseball once again for a night, but that was just a frilly wrapper around what was in the middle of it all: your Kansas City Royals, wall to wall and in Sensurround.
CINCINNATI — Following a night he says he’ll remember for the rest of his life, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was traveling on a team charter to Chicago and planned to get a flight from there to California early Wednesday morning to spend 24 hours or so with his ailing mother.
When Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas abruptly left Sunday’s game to rush home to California for a family emergency, it was to be by his ailing mother, Connie. Upon his return Friday, enabled by his mother telling him “go back to work,” Moustakas didn’t want to elaborate on her illness.
It’s a grit that makes Gordon in many ways the ultimate Royal, one for the ages and one to emulate as does his young son, Max, who’s known to declare “Here goes Alex Gordon” and run into a wall, fall down and lie there for a few seconds. But something was profoundly different when Gordon abruptly went down in the fourth inning Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Lamar Hunt may well on his own have come to the conclusion that Kansas City was the right site for his pro football team, but the move at every stage was precipitated by the work and counsel of the steadfast Jack Steadman, who died Sunday at age 86.
A reaction to an envelope in the mail nearly 30 years ago prompted the beginning of a journey of discovery for Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, whose grandparents lived in and whose father was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. It’s a particularly reflective time for Wakamatsu in the wake of the recent death of his cherished grandmother, Ruth, 97, who will be memorialized Saturday.