Royals Rumblings - News for June 18, 2014

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Royals Rumblings  - News for June 18, 2014

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The Royals success secrets have finally been revealed! They are winning because David Glass told them to win!

Ten days ago, Royals owner David Glass stood next to manager Ned Yost behind the batting cage at Kauffman Stadium and jokingly said, "You know, Ned, it's OK to win every game."

Yost's response, of course, was more practical. "He tried to explain differently to me," Glass said, smiling. Funny thing is, the Royals haven't lost since that friendly exchange between owner and manager.

Apparently it is OK to win every game.

"You see Smithers, I told him to do that!"

Sam Mellinger had a Twitter Tuesday, and with all this winning, this question seemed inevitable:

My very first gut reaction to the question is yes.

Then a half-second later, I switch to no.

Then after considering the question for a few more minutes, I sort of shrug my shoulders and think, "we’ll see."

Part of the beauty of this question is that it is big and definitive and a complete Rorschach Test. If you’re so inclined, you can say yes, absolutely, that would be the best season the Royals have had since 1985 so what the hell are you talking about? And if you’re so inclined, you can say no, absolutely not, you’re just falling for the old okey-dokey here because the playoffs are watered down and the Royals would’ve sacrificed Wil Myers for some second-rate version of standing in line outside a really cool club for five hours and then once you get in realizing the really cool parts are behind another velvet rope.

Me, I’m going to be awfully sick of people whining about losing the wild card game, if that’s what it comes to.

Andy McCullough was making the rounds yesterday. First he did a podcast with Jonah Keri on Grantland, then he appeared on MLB Network, presumably to talk about mustaches or pickling or steampunk or something.

Royals first round pick pitcher Brandon Finnegan faced Virginia (and Royals seventh-round pick centerfielder Brandon Downes). Finnegan was sharp, going eight innings on 109 pitches, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out five and reportedly hitting 97 on the gun. Downes was 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is doing an anti-Cardinals All-Star attack ad, and I can get behind any kind of anti-Cardinals propaganda.

Soccer should be called "soccer", and not football. Its something we Americans actually get right about soccer. Why do Americans call soccer "soccer" anyway?

We might know who the villains of the new Star Wars movie are. Let me guess, George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg?

The song of the day is "Number One" by Nelly. Because we're #1. In the Central Division. Of Baseball.

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