Royals Rumblings - News for April 20, 2020
Lynn Worthy catches up with Hunter Dozier on what he is up to during the pandemic.
This impromptu offseason keeps going indefinitely without a light at the end of the tunnel. Dozier likened it to the movie “Groundhog Day.”
In a way, it has turned into a test of will.
”We know what we’re working towards right now. We just don’t know when the start date is,” Dozier said. “If it’s July, you know, we have a long time until July. So I think that’s the biggest thing, just the uncertainty. But it’s a good test mentally to wake up and know that I’ve got to put in the work every day, do everything I can today because we don’t know when it is going to start.”
After blanking the Brewers, 6-0, on June 11, 1977, the Royals returned to their hotel rooms ready to head back the next day for the rubber match of a three-game series. But when they arrived at the stadium the next day, they discovered that they would have nothing to wear. Some time during the night, thieves broke into the clubhouse and stole 53 of Kansas City’s 60 jerseys, along with 20 mitts, 10 pairs of cleats and 15 warm-up jackets.
Royals equipment manager Al Zych estimated at the time that the total value of the heist was $3,500 — which, honestly doesn’t seem like that much money given how much they made off with.
So, what were the Royals to do? Zych came up with the idea: They would wear the Brewers’ sky blue road uniforms, while Milwaukee rocked the same white home kit they usually did.
Merritt Rohlfing at Lets Go Tribe writes about when the Royals were a feared team in the division.
Kansas City’s run to the World Series in back-to-back years might be the most incredible, inconceivable and hard to explain blip of an era in the last 30 years of baseball. Probably the last time we had anything like it would have to be the Blue Jays’ 1992-93 doubletap, and before that what, the Twins pair of victories over four seasons a few years prior? At least since the advent of free agency in the ‘70s, it is so hard for the non-traditional powers to really seize any kind of control of the league, much less make it look like child’s play like KC did. In a time where teams try to find every little edge and underutilized asset, the Royals for two seasons cornered the team on luck, grit, and shoving other people’s faces in it.
Whit Merrifield chimes in on what fans can binge watch while there’s no baseball.
Asked what show he would recommend fans binge watch in the absence of baseball, Merrifield quipped: “The 2010 College World Series.”
Merrifield won the 2010 title for South Carolina with a walk-off hit, but his actual binge-watch recommendation was Locke and Key, described as an American supernatural horror drama based on a comic book series with the same name.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman thinks Gabriel Cancel needs a breakout season.
The Athletic is simulating the season, and of course the Royals have the best record in the league.
If they do resume play, MLB should be ready to change their plans depending on events.
The case for teams playing in their own stadiums this summer.
MLB could be looking to ask players to accept salary cuts.
The players that could have their Hall of Fame case hurt the most if the entire season is canceled.
College baseball legend Bobby Winkles dies at the age of 90.
The coronavirus could cut down on players spitting on the field all the time.
The 13 most significant minor league feats of the last 40 years.
What happened to all the African-American catchers?
Orioles shortstop Richie Martin had a grandfather that played for the Kansas City Monarchs, teammates with Jackie Robinson.
Could George Costanza have cut it in the big leagues?
TV networks threw out the rulebook when it came to rebroadcasting old games during the pandemic.
What a Little Giants sequel might look like.
Bill Gates has become a target for coronavirus conspiracy theories.
How music teachers are adapting to the awkward reality of virtual lessons.
Your song of the day is Pearl Jam with Alive.