What a run---
In a season marked by inconsistency, up to three weeks ago, the Royals boast a few very consistent, very telling stats. Kansas City is now 54-1 when leading after 7 innings and is 53-8 when they score more than three runs in a game.
Kansas City has now beaten the team with the best record in baseball in five of seven games over the last two weeks and are12 games over .500 for the first time in over 11 seasons. They went 6-1 on the home stand, all against viable playoff teams. Are you still waiting for the other shoe…er, cleat to drop?
Now the schedule turns towards a lot of bottom feeders, in fact, 12 of their next 13 games come against squads currently last in their division. The Royals have played up to and beyond good competition lately, let’s hope they don’t play down to bad teams over the next two weeks.
Twenty years ago this week…
…Major League Baseball suffered it’s longest ever work stoppage. Over 230 days, a World Series and countless fans were lost to the work stoppage, the fourth for Baseball in twelve years.
There were so many captivating story lines that season---Tony Gwynn was hitting .394 with 42 games left in the season he never finished. Matt Williams had 43 homers and was on a pace to break Roger Maris’ record of 61 in a season, something that Mark McGwire would do in less than honest fashion four years later. The Montreal Expos, yes, the Expos—had baseball’s best record at 74-40. Former Shocker All-American Mike Lansing was the starting second baseman on that team; he was hitting .266 when the season ended.
Who knows how the dominos would have fallen if that season played out—if the Expos had gone on to win the World Series would they shut down the operation and moved to Washington? The Yankees easily had the best record in the American League and would have been a shoe-in for the playoffs, which would have meant that Don Mattingly wouldn’t have ended his career as the greatest Yankee to never reach a post-season.
Back at Texas---
Vince Young has returned to the University of Texas to work for something called the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. He’ll make $100,000/year on the job, which makes me wonder where I sign up.
Young is a curious case, he led Texas to a National Title in 2005; beating USC in what is still the best college football game I’ve ever seen. The two quarterbacks in that game were about as ‘can’t miss’ as you can get and yet both Young and Matt Leinart both did—especially Leinart. Young had more personal issues in the NFL than he did professional. He may not have been the typical pocket passer of so many pro style offenses, but he was 31-19 as a starter.
Since winning percentage is one of the moist highly regarded stats for starting quarterbacks, it makes you wonder why he didn’t get more of a chance.
Big 12 lags behind---
The SEC Network was unveiled last night---or is that unleashed? Like we all need more unbridled propaganda from that league most impressed by itself. It was quite a debut for the network, which was immediately available to over 90 million subscribers. The SEC, Big 10 and Pac-12 all have their own networks, something the
Big 12 could have had before any of them.
Then Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg (now with the Pac 10), tried to get the rank and file to see the benefits of their own network, but was rebuffed. He resigned, in frustration, in 2007 to spearhead the Big 10 Network and has been a key force in the Pac 12 deal. Just in terms of branding, promotion and exposure the SEC, Big 10 and Pac 12 are far ahead of the Big 12---and as the long as the Longhorn Network operates in Texas don’t expect anything to change too soon. Too bad, it was a badly missed opportunity.
Check me out on radio---
Joining me this morning on Sports Daily will be former Shocker and Houston Astro Cody Clark who’s now the bullpen catcher in Kansas City with the Royals. He’s on a special ride and he’ll tell us all about it at about 9:20am on KFH, 1240AM 98.7 FM.