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Royals Rumblings - News for February 13, 2021

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Song of the Day

“Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee

  • I’m switching things up a bit by throwing the SOTD at the top so you can enjoy it while you scroll through the Rumblings.

I was not a big fan of Post Malone prior to this song. I thought his music was just one repetitive auto-tune mess after another. Then I saw Spider-Man: Into the Universe, which this song was created for. After I got through processing my thoughts about just how awesome the movie was, I needed to know more about this track. I was shocked to find out that it was indeed Post Malone responsible for the track. There’s not a ton of depth to it, but just try to get it outta your head for the rest of the day.

If you dig this song, I’d suggest checking out the rest of that soundtrack, as well as, giving Post Malone another shot as well. And for the love of God, if you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, do that IMMEDITATELY. I think even if you’re not into comics or superheroes, you’ll appreciate it for a lot of other reasons.

On to the Rumblings...

The Royals held a roundtable to discuss Black History Month and it was nothing short of awesome.

Minor League Baseball affiliations were announced yesterday

The Royals released their revised Spring Training schedule

Let’s stick with Alec Lewis here, he held a Live Q&A yesterday over at The Athletic.

Are they done (making offseason moves)? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s an arm or two on minor-league deals. Maybe it’s another utility piece. They’ll be active, though. It’s been their MO.

Later in the Q&A he predicted that we probably see Lynch and Kowar in the bigs this year and maybe Isbel and Witt Jr.

Anne Rogers with MLB.com further dissected the Andrew Benintendi acquisition including Benintendi talking about how his style fits in with KC.

“I’ve always loved playing there, and something about it, I feel like I see the ball well,” Benintendi said. “It’s exciting. It’s a big field. I feel like I’m a gap-to-gap hitter, and then those gaps there are pretty big, so let’s see if we can run a little bit.”

Speaking of Benintendi, he was quick to “play the hits” in his interviews with media folks but I keep coming back to him saying “It’s nice to be wanted”.

Keith Law broke down the Royals’ Top 20 prospects. I was encouraged by his spotlight on one of the guys I’m personally excited for and probably the biggest winner in the Benintendi trade:

5. Kyle Isbel, OF

Isbel’s 2019 was interrupted by a broken hamate bone and he missed a chance in 2020 to show everyone how well he can hit when at full strength. He’s a hard-nosed player with above-average speed and a good two-strike approach, probably a 45 defender in center but with a chance to be plus in left. He has leadoff hitter potential as long as he’s back to making hard contact, using the whole field more and continuing to develop his approach to get into more hitter’s counts.

In dot connecting news with old friends and how there’s still a possibility for a fun platoon in the centerfield of Kauffman Stadium this year...

I guarantee that the Royals are still in the mix for JBJ.

Mike Gillespie are Kings of Kauffman writes that Nicky Lopez could be a big beneficiary to the Benintendi trade.

The Clearing Waivers podcast had a big announcement this week (after complaining about the refs in the Super Bowl)

Triple A teams will use the MLB ball this year and things could get weird writes J.J. Cooper at Baseball America.

I don’t know how this has slipped past the Rumblings so far but this explanation of baseball is absolutely fantastic.


The Houston Texans and JJ Watt agreed to part ways.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is coming to a glorious end.

They’re rebooting the movie Face/Off for some damn reason. YOU DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION!!!

Adrenaline Rush of the Week

Car maintenance in sub-freezing temperatures.

Sweet Jesus, is it cold out there. And with the crazy cold whether comes the ever exciting adventure “Will the car start today?”. If that isn’t exciting enough for you, I’d suggest just assuming that it’s going to start every time so that you push any of your appointments to the last second (do I dare make myself late?), then slowly turn the key; it’s like pulling the handle of a slot machine!

“DAMMIT! NO TURNOVER! Guess I’ll need to add a stop to the plasma center to the errands list.”

If you’re still having trouble getting amped up from that rush, I’d suggest doubling down by opening up that glove compartment and grabbing the tire pressure gauge. That exercise is going to determine whether you will be free to go about your day or if you’re going to be visiting multiple QTs for their free air that’s inevitably out of service while passing up multiple functioning air pumps that cost a quarter.

“I’m not paying for air. What is this, Russia?”

If all that comes up aces, then you should hit the casino because you’re pretty much bulletproof at this point.

Personally I’ve hit the jackpot today, as all boxes have been checked and we’re clear for takeoff. Now I’ll just hit the garage door opener and we’ll be (no response from garage door)

we’ll be... (continued silence)

DAMMIT!

Have a Saturday, everyone!