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Hit song ‘Royals’ may have been inspired by George Brett

George-Brett-Hall-of-Fame-SteroidsLast month, some St. Louis Cardinals fans created a version of Lorde’s hit song “Royals” that changed the words around to create a baseball parody. Lorde, who was born in New Zealand, is obviously singing about “Royals” in the political sense, right? Yes, but that doesn’t mean baseball had nothing to do with it.

As Lisa Gutierrez of the Kansas City Star pointed out, Lorde recently revealed in an interview with VH1 that an image of a Kansas City Royals player inspired her to write a song called “Royals.”

There’s no denying the fact that ‘Royals’ has seized the zeitgeist. And speaking of that track, Lorde herself recently spoke to us about how the song was inspired in part with her obsession with historic monarchs and, strangely enough, by an image of a baseball player wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey in National Geographic.

In that interview, Lorde explained how she “had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’

‘It was just that word. It’s really cool.’”

Hardball Talk reader @LBTross did some digging and discovered that the photo Lorde was referring to is likely this shot of George Brett, which shows the Kansas City legend surrounded by kids who are waiting for autographs.

Ironically enough, this is the same George Brett who was recently caught on video going off on an autograph seeker. These artists really do get their inspiration from all kinds of places.

George Brett goes off on autograph seeker: ‘I’m gonna shoot your f—ing ass’ (Video)

George-Brett-Hall-of-Fame-SteroidsMLB Hall of Famer George Brett lost his patience with an autograph seeker when his flight arrived at Kansas City International Airport on Wednesday. The man who was looking for the autograph, Brandon Farrens, recorded the exchange on his phone.

“This is the f—ing last time,” Brett told Farrens while reluctantly signing. “If I ever see you f—ing again I’m gonna shoot your f—ing ass, you understand? This is the last f—ing time. Ever.”

In an interview with KCTV5 in Kansas City, Farrens admitted that he has asked Brett for his signature roughly 35 times and gotten it about 15. He considers himself an autograph collector and has sold Brett’s signature in the past.

“All he had to say was, ‘no’ or ignore me,” Farrens said.

Farrens could be heard in the video swearing back at Brett. When the Kansas City Royals legend walked away, Farrens called him an “a–hole.”

Toby Cook, a spokesman for the Royals, told KCTV5 that Brett regrets his usage of profanity and the tone of the encounter but not the message. He wants to be left alone by the fan, who Cook says has been “relentless” with his demands.

The real mistake Brett made, in my opinion, was telling Farrens he was going to shoot him. Other than that, you can understand why he was angry and used profanity. Autograph seekers can be incredibly annoying. It comes with the territory of being a Hall of Famer, but it seems excessive for the same fan to seek an autograph nearly three dozen times. Everyone has a boiling point.

H/T With Leather

George Brett finds his lost dog with the help of Twitter

Those of us who work in sports have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. On one hand, it’s the fastest way to get breaking news, unique stories, and fantastic material from athletes and celebrities. On the other hand, it’s also a great source of completely bogus information and constant confusion. On Wednesday, George Brett demonstrated another reason why we should be happy Twitter was created.

As Eye on Baseball called to our attention, Brett asked his Twitter followers for help early Wednesday morning in finding his missing black labradoodle, Charlie:

After the tweet was retweeted and replied to several times, Brett tweeted at around 9 a.m. EST Wednesday morning that Charlie had been found:

It’s unclear exactly how Brett got the dog back, but he said Twitter was a big help. And here we were thinking Twitter only created the most embarrassing moments in people’s lives.

Royals had a George Brett pine tar bat giveaway against Yankees (Picture)

The Royals had one of the best giveaways of the season over the weekend. Kansas City hosted the Yankees for a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium, and they handed out George Brett pine tar bats to the first 20,000 fans in the stadium on Saturday.

The promotion was a reference to the infamous “Pine Tar Game” on July 24, 1983. Brett, a Hall of Fame player for the Royals, homered off Goose Gossage to give KC a 5-4 lead over the Yankees in the 9th inning. The Yankees appealed to the umpire to examine the bat and it was determined Brett had pine tar more than 18 inches from the knob. Brett was called out for using an illegal bat, and he burst out of the dugout fuming with rage. The call was later overturned on an appeal, and the Royals won when it was completed the next month.

The play was one of the most notable moments in MLB history, and the Royals played off it well. I’m just surprised they distributed all those mini bats; I thought teams didn’t do that anymore because of safety concerns over drunk people and kids using them as weapons.

H/T Darren Rovell
Photo Credit: Joe Rybnick

George Brett says Hall of Famers would boycott Hall of Fame if steroid user gets in

To date, there are no Hall of Famers among the ever-increasing list of known steroid users who currently play or once played in the MLB. Some of the game’s biggest names like Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire have admitted they used performance-enhancing drugs, while others like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens continue to fight to prove their innocence. As we know, voters have not come close to letting McGwire in the Hall of Fame because of it. What will happen with the others when their time comes remains to be seen, but Hall of Famer George Brett says voters would be wise to steer clear of anyone whose name is tied to PEDs.

“I wasn’t a home-run hitter,” Brett said according to the Arizona Republic, “but I know from talking to guys in the 500-home run club, guys like Schmitty (Mike Schmidt) and some other guys like that, if those guys make it in then they’ll never go back. Meaning those guys will never go back and attend (the Hall of Fame inductions) if the cheaters get elected.”

If you ask Jose Canseco, there’s just one minor problem with Brett’s theory: A steroid user is already in the Hall of Fame. Canseco, who has a solid reputation for telling the truth when it comes to PED usage, said more than two years ago that Major League Baseball is going to have a big problem on its hands when they find out that a current Hall of Famer used steroids. At the time we speculated that it could be Rickey Henderson or a few other former teammates of Canseco’s, and anyone would be extremely naive to think that it’s not possible or likely.

Brett also said that A-Rod should not get into the Hall of Fame just because he came clean and that he should have gone about it like Jason Giambi and Andy Pettite did. As Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk mentioned, how was Rodriguez’s confession any different? Either you’re willing to make amends for guys who admitted it or you’re not.

If you believe both Brett and Canseco, the Hall of Fame could be facing a major dilemma at some point in the near future.