Song of the Day
“Animal” by Neon Trees
Just a good, upbeat song you can dance to, grill to, swim to, etc. It’s the Whit Merrifield of songs when it comes to versatility. Enjoy!
On to the Rumblings...
The Royals made a flock of roster moves that may or may not be preceding a few more at the time of this writing.
Alec Lewis got some great updates on everyone’s favorite pitching farm system.
That growth showed May 19 in his third outing. Lacy struck out two of the first three batters he faced. He didn’t walk a batter until the fourth inning. And when he did, he bounced back with another strikeout. In full, he pitched five innings, allowed three hits, struck out six and only walked two.
Gibson, who was in Quad Cities for the start, spoke to Lacy after the game.
“I could tell we’d made some huge strides that night,” he said. “He had four pitches working to both sides of the plate. His execution was impeccable. And so here we are. The ability should start to shine through.”
Lynn Worthy writes about the rookie season of Jake Brentz.
“My mindset every night, regardless of the situation, is it’s me versus the hitter,” Brentz said. “You’ve got to know in your head that you’re going to win that battle. That’s really all I think on the mound, attack with my best stuff and have conviction behind each pitch.”
That fairly simple and straightforward statement about confidence and conviction sums up a large portion of how the 26-year-old from Ballwin, Missouri went from a well-traveled minor-league pitcher with an electric arm to one of the key figures in the Royals’ bullpen despite spending than two months in the majors.
Vahe Gregorian writes about the relationship between Dayton Moore and his son, Robert.
Anne Rogers writes about Jon Heasley earning his college degree as well as other notes.
Speaking of Anne, she noted something on Twitter that was very noteworthy.
Matheny said Staumont's knee injury popped up after he pitched Wednesday when he was stretching. It could have stemmed from trying to generate more velocity when he wasn't getting as much, overcompensating a little. Plan is to rest it for now before beginning the rehab process.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) May 28, 2021
Mike Gillespie at KoK writes about the two Royals that should be benched immediately (and temporarily).
Adrenaline Rush of the Week
I hadn’t watched this movie until the last couple of days despite being very interested in it when it first came out. I love a good war movie and with as much hype as it got around Oscar season, it seemed right up my alley. Going into it, I didn’t know much more than that and King Joffrey’s little brother (shoutout to Tommen Baratheon) was in it.
It was legitimately right up there with Saving Private Ryan for me. I didn’t think there was a way to be original in a war movie but I was very wrong. This film was shot in a way that truly immerses the audience (ew did I just say that) into the action. I don’t really want to say much more about it because I want anyone who hasn’t seen it to feel the way I did when I realized that the whole movie was going to be that way.
And being dropped into the action like I did only added to the adrenaline rush I got from it. It’s really hard to make you invested in a character that you know very little about even the film makers do a great job giving you just enough info on the characters to want them to succeed. I was holding my breath when things were quiet and and white knuckling when they weren’t.
I’d highly recommend this one and there’s no better time to do it than Memorial Day Weekend, which I hope everyone enjoys!