Twitter Tuesday: 2/19-2/26
Twitter Tuesday is a new weekly feature to Pine Tar Press, in which I‚Äôll review all things #Royals through the eyes of Twitter.¬† Snark and sarcasm are welcomed and valued just as much as baseball insight.¬† Keep them clean, and keep them coming.
The second week of Royals Spring Training featured a wide range of happenings:¬†Royals got their competitive juices flowing with a couple intrasquad games,¬†Ned lost an organ, Twitter unearthed a Royals legend, real meaningless games have commenced, and the Royals are off to a fast start in the Cactus League.
The Royals prepared for their¬†spring training¬†schedule by playing two intrasquad games.¬† The first game ended in a tie, essentially¬†lobbing up a beach-ball for the doomsday crowd to knock out of the park.¬† The response, as you can see, was about as predictable as a Lindsey Lohan relapse.
Sadly, it has taken an organ removal and Ned Yost returning to the job the next morning to endear himself to many of the Royals faithful.¬† All will be forgotton the first time he calls for a sacrifice bunt, and he’ll return to buffoon status.¬† Aside from the uber-amount of¬†grit that it took to return to work less than a day after having his gal bladder removed,¬†it should be¬†noted that he did it in the name of KC barbeque.¬† Yost stated he would have prolonged painful attacks after eating barbeque, and that just wasn’t going to work for him.¬† I liked Ned before this incident, but with his newfound Chuck Norris-like status, I now fear Ned Yost–as should you.¬† For more on the legend that is Ned Yost, conduct a Twitter search for #YostFacts.
I can’t tell you how depressing and sad tweets like these are.¬† Sadly, this idiot isn’t alone.¬† If you actively root for someone to get hurt, miss time, etc., you’re not a fan.¬† I know¬†guys like Ned Yost, Luke Hochevar, Jeff Francoeur, and Chris Getz aren’t the most poplular guys amongst Royals fans, but rooting against their well-being is about as low as it gets, and the Royals, regardless of how pedestrian they may be, are better off without your support.¬† It is trashy and twisted.¬† Just stop.¬† You don’t have to like every player, but if you’re a Royals fan, you want everyone wearing a Royals uniform to succeed.
Royals vs. Rangers x 3
As the Royals enter regular season play, I’ll do my best to capture the game’s hightlights through your tweets.¬† With this being spring training, there just isn’t a lot of relevancy¬†regarding records or individual performances.
The Royals went 2-0-1 in their series against the cross-complex Texas Rangers.¬† The first game, which ended in a tie due to the Royals blowing a two run lead in the 9th spurred¬†a case of the “damnit’s”.¬† Also, some lucky Royals fan apparently has insider information regarding the inner-workings of the small intestines of our beloved Royals players–yuck (read first tweet carefully).
Game 2 versus the Rangers ended with about as much drama as a spring training game can…
As for Brandon Wood, and for those who may not know who he is, he was Wil Myers before Wil Myers was Wil Myers.¬† Make sense?
The Royals also took the third game of the series, 7-5, but did so while committing 4 errors.
First of all, none of the Royals main four starting pitchers (James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis) have thrown.¬† Second, the Royals have Gold Glove caliber players at catcher, shorstop, third base, left field, right field, and first base–the defense will be fine.¬† Relax and root for¬†a healthy spring training camp.¬† Nothing more.
Royals vs. Diamondbacks
Of note, Royals catcher’s had a big day.¬† Adam Moore slugged his team-leading 2nd homerun of the spring, and Max Ramirez cleared the bases with a grand slam.¬† Royals remain undefeated.¬† You know what this means, right? (See below)
That’s right folks, that is some serious optimism.¬†¬†Unfortunately his prognostications read much like a Kansas City weatherman’s.¬† 75 to 148 wins…3 to¬†49 inches of snow possible.¬† Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen Kevin McGannon and Gary Lezak in the same room at the same time?
Oops, I nearly forgot the buzzkill.¬† Two-thirds of the projected Royals outfield is dinged up, and the other third is Jeff Francoeur.
Of course Yost isn’t concerned.¬† I can’t imagine getting much sympathy from a guy who left the ball park one day, had an organ removed from his body, and returned to work the following morning.
Fortunately, this is not considered to be a serious injury, and both Gordon and Lorenzo Cain should be returning to the lineup in a couple days.
From the Misc. Department
I see this as a good thing.¬† We’ll find out right away how well the Royals are going to stack up.¬† I wouldn’t want it any other way.¬† If the Royals can come out of that stretch at, or near .500, they can apply some serious pressure to the Detroit Tigers.¬† That would also be the pefect recipe for returning this city to its “baseball city” status.¬† This stretch essentially takes the Royals to the All-Star break, which is a good time to determine whether some pieces need to be added to make a run at the postseason.¬† Like I said, I think this is a very good scenario for the Royals.¬† Worst case scenario, the Royals will get a good feel for what parts are ¬†needed for a legitimate run in 2014.
This is misplaced, but since this is my piece, you’ll just have to excuse my venting.¬† I too just paid for a partial (15 game) season ticket plan.¬† The Royals employee I placed my order with was very kind and accomodating, except that my two Opening Day tickets are not together.¬† I’ll be in one row, and presumably my wife will be a couple rows behind me.¬† The Royals employee said there was simply nothing he could do as there were NO side-by-side tickets remaining in the entire stadium.¬† He even searched the “lower levels” for me (Yes, I’ll be an upper-deck peon.¬† There have been some salary cuts here at Pine Tar Press.).¬† I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.¬† If I were purchasing a half season or full season ticket package, I’m quite sure he could have found me side-by-side tickets.¬† Tell me I’m cheap for only committing to 15 games.¬† Tell me anything but a lie that there are no side-by-side tickets available in the entire stadium.¬† Lastly, if you’re going to make Opening Day a viable option for these partial season-ticket packages, make sure you reserve enough side-by-side seats.¬† It is just one game, and I’ll have fun no matter what, but this experience made me seriously question making this investment in the future.
This is only cool for a certain generation of Royals fans, but Willie was one of the best and most exciting Royals players of my childhood.¬† Give him a follow, regardless of your age, because he’s a Royals legend that helped put the Royals on the map back in their golden years.¬† Plus, it is just cool to see that these guys still care, and whatever brings you closer to a ball player is neat in my eyes.
Until next week, Tweeps.
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