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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

2 new blogs!

Well, I think I've officially gone crazy. Well, not really...

I do have two new blogs. One here, and another on (cover your eyes Trevor) Myspace. Eventually, I will be deleting this blog and the Chiefs blog and consolodating everything to the new blogger blog. It will be more of a potpourri type of blog, with a little bit of everything. The Myspace one (sorry for not warning you that time Trev!) will be updated as well, just not nearly as often. It will contain two things, fictional writings and things that I think may be of interest to those I know on there (mainly my sisters and a few other people).

Anyway, just wanted to let you know of the changes. By the end of this month, I will have deleted this and the Chiefs blog alltogether. Just to forwarn. Those of you who have links to me, if you could change them to the new blog, that would be great! I promise, I won't change the address anymore.....for awhile at least!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Magic Number is 5

No, not for the Royals to be officially eliminated from playoff contention, that happened a LONG time ago! No, that's the number of wins the Royals need in their last 12 games to avoid losing 100 games AGAIN this year. That in and of itself would be a huge accomplishment, considering they were 16-47 at one point this year! If they pull it off and win 63 total, that would put their record since that 16-47 mark at 47-52. Not too bad for the Royals!

They do have a lot to look forward to though. The improvements in Mark Teahen, David DeJesus, Luke Hudson, and others at the major league level, plus the acquisitions of Joey Gathright and Ryan Shealy, and the AA Wichita squad (Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, et al) all give reasons for hope.

The Royals are also going to recall Zack Greinke to the majors today. He will pitch primarily out of the bullpen though. He will definitely be in the mix to make the starting rotation next year, though.

And in other news, the Royals are also now not the worst team in baseball! That dubious distinction goes to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who at 57-92, are a 1/2 game behind the Royals! Next up? Dave's Cubbies, who are 61-89 and only 3 games up on the Royals! It'll be a fight to end Dave!

Monday, August 28, 2006

New Blog!

Go check out my latest blog, Chiefs Football! It will be very similar to this blog, but about the Chiefs instead of the Royals, obviously!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Mike Sweeney is "back"


(pun intended)

Well, after a couple weeks back in the lineup, it appears Mike Sweeney, at least for now, is "back" to his old self! He's hit long homeruns in each of his last two games (both losses because of poor pitching). He seems to be getting in one of those grooves where every time he comes to the plate, there's the chance of him knocking one out of the park.

This is the Mike Sweeney we true Royals fans have come to love. If this guy could ever stay healthy enough to play 130 or so games, the Royals would be a lot better off. But, obviously, he's had chronic back problems, and will probably never be able to do that. But, if he ever could, it will probably be next year, which is the final year of his contract.

Mike Sweeney is a great guy, a great hitter when healthy, but even I think it's about time the team moved on from him. If they could find someone to give them anything of value in a trade over the offseason, they should probably do it. They have Ryan Shealy to play first base now, and they have plenty of options for the DH spot next year as well.

If they are unable to trade him, they should go ahead and plan for him to not play at least half the games next year. Counting on him to do anything more than that, and you're setting yourself up for failure.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Latest trip to Kauffman

Well, last Friday I went to the Royals doubleheader against the Oakland A's. I went with my friend Kirk, his wife and kids, and a bunch of people from their church. We sat way up top, but we had the first row along the first base side, so it wasn't too bad. We actually had quite a few foul balls come in our direction, but sadly, not close enough to catch.

Anyway, because of work and everything, we didn't get there until the first game was already in the 7th inning. When we got there, it was 2-1 Royals. Then, in the 7th, the offense exploded for 4 runs, making it 6-1 before they finally finished the win at 7-1.

Then, after a short break so the grounds crew could tend to the field, we had game 2. I was pretty wary of this game since Jorge De La Rosa was pitching, but he actually turned in a pretty good performance! He went 5 innings, and only gave up 1 run. He had a shutout threw 5 innings, but started the 6th by giving up a single and 2 walks to load the bases with noone out. Ambiorix Burgos, recently thrown out closer, came in and did a phenomenal job, only giving up one run out of that mess! After that, Oakland led 1-0.

But not for long. In the bottom of the 7th, Mark Teahen led off with a single. After getting to third on Emil Brown's single, he scored on Marco Scutaro's throwing error to first to tie the game 1-1.

The game wasn't tied for long though. In the top of the 8th, Frank Thomas hit a line drive homerun deep into the bullpen in left field. That made the score 3-1 A's.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Royals came roaring back. Andres Blanco singled, David DeJesus followed with a single of his own, pushing Blanco to third. Blanco then scored on a fielders choice, making it 3-2. Then, Mark Teahen hit another single (his 5th hit of the day) before the Captain came up clutch. Mike Sweeney, who the day before grounded into a bases loaded double play in a close 5-4 loss to the White Sox, laced a 2 run double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Joey Gathright came into pinch run for Sweeney, which proved to be a great move by Buddy Bell, because Gathright's speed paid off when he scored on a sac fly to medium center by Emil Brown. It was a close play at the plate, and there is no doubt Sweeney would have been out by a mile if he had even tried to score on that play.

After that, it was all over but the crying. The Royals had a 5-3 lead, and after Joe Nelson had a 1-2-3 ninth inning, they also had a sweep of the double header.

Overall, great night at the ballpark. The weather was great, the Royals won both games, and the kids had a lot of fun too. For $7 (plus $5 for my part of parking), I got 2 games, fireworks, fun with friends, and it was Buck Night too!

I don't care what anyone says, even if the Royals do suck there is still nothing better than a night at the ballpark.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

THIS IS ORANGE!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

See! I told you RED and green!


This is the Aquaman I knew and loved as a kid!

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