Pine Tar Podcast Wild Wildcard Recap and ALDS Preview

Pine Tar Podcast Wild Wildcard Recap and ALDS Preview

David and Clint give a quick recap of Tuesday's crazy wildcard Royals win while also discussing the Angels series. Key talking point is obviously the decisions that Ned Yost made a ...

ALDS Preview: Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels

ALDS Preview: Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels

After one of the most thrilling victories in the history of the Kansas City Royals, celebration time is over and it's time to get back to work as they take on the Los Angeles Angel ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

Pretty much every Royals fan can recount the team’s playoff appearances, right? There’s the three straight division titles-1976, 1977, and 1978. The World Series appearance in 1980 ...

Eclipsing The Hype

Eclipsing The Hype

Life never lives up to the hype. The rollercoaster is never worth the 90 minute wait in line. The new phone that was supposed to change your life is only moderately good, doesn’t m ...

The Craziest Royalcoaster Ride Yet

The Craziest Royalcoaster Ride Yet

When I left for Kauffman Stadium to attend the Royals first playoff game in 29 years, I knew I was in for something special. I didn't know what would happen, but I was going to be ...

This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

1985: The Royals began a crucial series against the Angels with a 3-1 victory at Royals Stadium, as Bret Saberhagen pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead Kansas City into a f ...

Playoff Money Matchup: James Shields vs Josh Reddick

Playoff Money Matchup: James Shields vs Josh Reddick

In a one game situation one matchup in a game can make a world of difference between winning and losing, with a pitcher on the mound like Jon Lester going against the Royals it cou ...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

The first thing I noticed was a lot of blue. Powder blue, royal blue. A lot of blue. Jerseys, caps, shirts. Kansas City had turned out for their team and a large group had shown up ...

#Yosted

#Yosted

If you know anything about Major League Baseball, you know that the Kansas City Royals fan base is one of the most tortured over the course of the past 30 years.  There is no need ...

10,565 Days

10,565 Days

It has been 10,565 days. Tonight, I will step foot in Kauffman Stadium for the first time in 10,565 days to witness my next Royals Playoff game. I remember my last one. October 27, ...

Pine Tar Podcast Playoff Preview Podcast

Pine Tar Podcast Playoff Preview Podcast

David and Clint discuss the match up between the Royals and A's in their one game Wildcard playoff. Also David talks about the excitement of Friday night and the Royals clinching t ...

Friday Notes

Here we are on the last Friday of the regular season and the Kansas City Royals are just one win away from making the playoffs for the first time since 1985. I've considered writing this post in a different way than usual. My thought was to just use a big smiley face and be done with it, but I decided that I was feeling too many feels not to write here and talk a little bit about the playoffs. This might be ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 25, 1987

1987: The Royals belted three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, leading to a 6-4 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Kansas City came to bat in the fifth trailing 4-1, but quickly turned the game around with the outburst. Facing Twins starter Les Straker, Jamie Quirk led off the inning with a home run. Bill Pecota followed with a single and stolen base, and one out later, scored on a ...

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Dismissed Early, Duffy Proving Doubters Wrong Late

He wasn’t good enough. Out of spring training, the pitching staff was set, and Danny Duffy ended up in Omaha. In what was supposed to be a heated competition for the fifth slot, Yordano Ventura took the bull by the horns, and made it anything but that. Danny Duffy wasn’t in the starting rotation. Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, Duffy was supposed to be that power left-handed starter which had ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Chicago White Sox, September 25-28

This is it. The Kansas City Royals regular season comes to a close on the South Side of Chicago as they take on the White Sox in a four game series that can determine what's next for the Royals. If the current standings hold, the Royals would be the host of a playoff game on September 30 to determine if they go on to the American League Division Series or go home. While winning the AL Central is a longshot ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 24, 1998

1998: A four-run fifth inning sparked the Royals’ 6-4 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals had collected five hits through four innings against Chicago starter Jaime Navarro, but had been unable to score as they came to the plate in the fifth, trailing 1-0. But Shane Halter led off with a walk and took second on a Tim Spehr sacrifice bunt. Carlos Beltran’s single to right tied the score. T ...

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The Royals: What Is And What Should Never Be

Well, here we are, Royals fans. On the cusp of something we haven’t experienced in almost three decades. How you doin’? Me, I’m relaxed. Mostly. I feel confident the Royals will make the playoffs in some fashion. Of course I would prefer a division title, just to avoid a do-or-die scenario involving Jon Lester in Oakland (or Kansas City, for that matter). Nobody wants our first taste of postseason play in 2 ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 23, 2008

2008: The Royals belted three home runs in the first four innings, then rode Zack Greinke’s seven shutout innings to a 5-0 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. It took just two hitters for the Royals to take the lead, as Mike Aviles homered against Tigers starter Freddy Garcia with one out and no one on in the first inning. The Royals enjoyed a three-run fourth inning. Ryan Shealy started the in ...

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Song lyrics cliches for the final week of the Kansas City Royals’ season

The Kansas City Royals sit 1 game back from the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central standings.  The Royals are also one game back of Oakland for the "Home Field" Wild Card Spot while currently holding the last Wild Card in the American league, leading the Seattle Mariners by 2 games.  This is it Royals fans.  These last 6 games (2 @ CLE and 4 @ CHI) are what we've all been pining for over the past ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN joined the show this week to discuss his recent Ned Yost article including Yost game management, personality, past failures and the Royals chances to make the wildcard. Also in this episode David and Clint discuss the recent Dayton Moore to Atlanta rumor, the play of Sal Perez, Billy Butler, the Royals recent series with the Detroit Tigers and the upcoming series with the Cleveland In ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 22, 1984

1984: Bud Black struck out seven hitters in six innings, while Darryl Motley doubled, tripled, and drove in two runs as the Royals picked up a critical 4-2 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium. Black earned his 17th win of the season by scattering seven hits and a walk in six innings. He allowed two runs, but one was unearned. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second against A’s starter Ray Burris. With one o ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Cleveland Indians, September 22-24

The final road trip of the 2014 season is the one that will define whether or not the Royals end a playoff drought stretching back to 1985 or if we'll be hoping the streak doesn't reach 30 years next season. They travel to Cleveland for three games plus the end of that suspended game from August 31. While they aren't in the same dire straits in terms of their playoff lives as they were last year when they w ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 21, 1971

1971: Dick Drago scattered seven hits in a complete game effort, while Bob Oliver’s three-run home run was the big blow in the Royals’ 6-2 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Through eight innings, Drago allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out three. All four of those hits came with two outs in their respective inning. California only had more than one runner on base in the fourth, when Jim ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

1991: Mike Boddicker and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners while Brian McRae drove in two runs in the Royals’ 3-0 win at the Kingdome in Seattle. Boddicker only allowed two hits and three walks in six innings. Although he only struck out one hitter, he got the Mariners to hit into three double plays. As a result, the Mariners did not have a runner reach third base in the game. McRae gave the ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 19, 2005

2005: The Royals pounded out 18 hits, including five doubles and a home run, as they trounced the Tigers 10-4 at Kauffman Stadium. Detroit actually took a 1-0 lead when Chris Shelton homered with two outs in the first inning against Royals starter Mike Wood. But the Royals quickly jumped in front in the bottom of the first against Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman. With one out, Terrence Long and Mike Sweeney ...

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Mixed Bag 9.19.14

Pitching a Title - The Omaha Storm Chasers finished extremely strong to win their third PCL title in four years and back to back AAA National Championships. No one player finished stronger this season than Aaron Brooks who put an extremely disappointing major league introduction behind him to earn PCL playoff MVP. The right-handed starter over his last six starts went 46 IP (7.2 Ip/start) while allowing jus ...

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Friday Notes

We've reached the penultimate edition of Friday Notes for the 2014 regular season and after more than 150 games, the division is no clearer now at the top than it was at the first division. The Royals trail by the Tigers by half a game (yes, I know the suspended game is looming), so they have a chance to lead this division by the time the weekend is up. They also have a chance to be wiped out from the AL Ce ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Braised Short Ribs”

It’s possible to serve up a pile of meat to a crowd without a lot of effort. When you don’t want to spend hours over a grill or smoker braising is the way to go. After a little chopping and a quick sear the meat and liquids go into the pan and cook slowly with virtually no other attention necessary until it is tender and ready to serve up over pasta, on a sandwich, or in a taco. Braised Short Ribs 4-6 servi ...

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Series Preview: Royals vs. Detroit Tigers, September 19-21

The Kansas City Royals conclude the home portion of their regular season schedule with their biggest home game since October 27, 1985. If you think I've used that line before, it's because I have, and it remains true. This series is the most important series the Royals have played in the lives of many fans, which is simultaneously sad and amazing. The Royals have to get past the big, bad Tigers who they tra ...

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No Joke: Aoki Is On Fire

If I would have told that Norichika Aoki would break a Royals record at the beginning of the season…..well I wouldn’t have, so don’t worry about it. The fact is, an offseason trade acquisition by Dayton Moore is one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball. He has been the lone consistent bright spot over the last few games, accounting for nearly half of the hits the Royals tallied against the Chicago Whit ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 17, 1978

1978: Dennis Leonard hurled a complete-game five-hitter, while Frank White and George Brett hit back-to-back home runs as the Royals moved closer to a division title with a 5-0 win over California at Royals Stadium. Leonard picked up his 18th win of the season by holding the second-place Angels to five singles and no walks. He struck out three. California did not have a runner reach second base until there ...

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