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Royals Rumblings - News for April 13, 2018

Friday the 13th!

Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals
Parents of Royals fans use tales of Yuni’s defense to scare children into behaving
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KCStar’s Sam McDowell has the less-than-optimal headline “Alex Gordon says hip pain is similar to discomfort that required surgery in 2009”.

Although it’s the opposite hip that required surgery in 2009, the injury is nearly identical, he acknowledged Thursday, his first time speaking with the media since the injury. But rather than going through another operation, Gordon is hopeful a medical injection will solve the discomfort.

“Honestly, kinda the same,” Gordon said when comparing the feeling of the two hip injuries. “But I feel like I’m in a different stage in my career right now where surgery’s kinda the last thing I wanna do right now.”

It looks like Jeffrey Flanagan was at the same press conference as it has a lot of the same quotes:

The big difference this time around is Gordon is not considering surgery, as he did in 2009. The surgery kept him out three months. This time around, Gordon is hoping to return much sooner... Gordon said his conversations with the Royals trainers didn’t go in depth on the healing process.

”They’re pretty optimistic about it,” Gordon said. “The first thing they said is that this doesn’t have to be surgery. That’s a good sign. You hear labral tear and you get down in the dumps but they said it’s no surgery and that’s OK.”

KC Kingdom’s Chris Taylor takes stock of the ”Good, Bad, and Ugly” of the first 10 games

This season has been hard to watch only 10 games in. There has been a foggy mindset with this team. New players, injuries, strange acquisitions, bizarre lineups, and bad performances. It has been what a rebuild should be, without the players to actually rebuild.

A former Royal was involved in the Yankees-Red Sox brawl on Wednesday.

If you’re wondering if any punches were landed, there was at least one: Austin drilled Red Sox third-base coach Carlos Febles in the head. Royals fans may remember Febles, who played all six of his big-league seasons with the Royals. Febles, who was one-half of the “Dos Carlos” combo with Carlos Beltran...

MLB handed down suspensions and fines from said brawl.

The Dodgers were awarded the 2020 All-Star Game.

Washington will host this season’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, followed by Cleveland at Progressive Field in 2019.

Tuesday’s a young Cubs fan skipped school ala Ferris Bueller. I’m going to let Yahoo’s Chris Cwik take it from here:

Fourth-grader Tucker Steckman decided he needed to see the Cubs’ home opener Tuesday. In order to do so, he would have to skip school to make it happen. His parents gave the OK, and they all attended the game.

But Steckman had no plans to keep a low profile. He brought a sign to the game bragging about missing school. The sign even mentioned his principal, Pat Versluis, by name. In what had the potential to become a cruel twist of fate, Steckman got caught. But it wasn’t because his principal saw him on TV. It was because his principal had also called in sick to attend the game.

CBS Sports’s Dayn Perry had a great long form article about the White Sox search for a successor to Comiskey Park back in the early 90s.

To hear Bess tell it, Reinsdorf was enamored of Royals Stadium in Kansas City (now known as Kauffman Stadium) and wanted for himself a reasonable facsimile.

Earlier in the week, only 974 people were in attendance for a Rays-White Sox game.

Speaking of tough crowds, Brandon McCarthy of the Braves injured himself in a game Wednesday and then his wife gives him grief on Twitter for not doing the dishes.

In another crowd-related story, the Mets Double-A team in Jacksonville outdrew the Marlins on Wednesday.

Then again, the Marlins are trying to claim they are from the British Virgin Isles for legal purposes (namely the purpose of making it harder for the city of Miami to sue them). As always, Fangraphs’s Sheryl Ring comes through with a great story on the legal side of things.

In honor of this Friday the 13th, we’re going to revisit one of the scariest games in video game history. Of course, when you think of horror, you think blood, zombies, and, of course... TYPING! Today’s game is Typing of the Dead.

The House of the Dead, released in 1996, was famous in its own right:

When Indianapolis attempted to ban violent video games it argued that The House of the Dead was obscene and so unprotected by the First Amendment. This required U.S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner to review the game at length, ultimately finding Indianapolis’ ban was unconstitutional. Unimpressed by the graphics, Judge Posner wrote “The most violent game in the record, “The House of the Dead,” depicts zombies being killed flamboyantly, with much severing of limbs and effusion of blood; but so stylized and patently fictitious is the cartoon-like depiction that no one would suppose it “obscene” in the sense in which a photograph of a person being decapitated might be described as “obscene.” It will not turn anyone’s stomach.”

The House of the Dead 2 was released in 1998 and ups the ante of the previous game, with even more over the top violence, taking the zombie outbreak to Venice, and featuring some of the worst video game voice acting of all time. It was a fairly popular arcade game and the modestly popular home port comes in at 76% on Game Rankings, which is not great, but perfectly respectable. So, of course, the natural thing to do is take a middling franchise and create a pinball game, educational translation game, and a typing teacher. Really, are any of these even really age appropriate?

The Typing of the Dead was originally an arcade game, but isn’t this just one of the Dreamcast-iest Dreamcast game ever made? Rather than having characters run around with guns, they run around with Dreamcast backpacks and keyboards. Because of course they do! But maybe I’m selling the arcade version short as it had a cabinet with 2 FULL SIZED KEYBOARDS, which is just the type of thing you’d expect to see wedged between Ms. Pac-Man and Dance Dance Revolution.

Though I doubt we’ll see any academic studies on the efficacy of this approach, it might work. As one reviewer put it “It certainly lacked some of the subtleties that Mavis (Beacon) had to offer, but its strict approach to getting you typing – if you can’t get it right, you died, effectively – certainly had some merit to it... Why, I wonder, wasn’t all educational software designed with zombies as part of the package?”

Here’s the intro and part of the way through the first couple of chapters.