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Ned Yost calls out Royals fans after walk-off win

Ned YostThe Kansas City Royals came away with a dramatic walk-off win against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. With his team trailing 1-0 in the ninth, Alex Gordon blasted a two-run homer that scored Alcides Escobar and gave the Royals a much-needed win to protect their 1.5-game lead in the NL Central. Despite that, manager Ned Yost was not all smiles after the game.

Yost was irritated at the fact that only 13,847 people showed up to the game.

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” Yost asked reporters without being prompted to share his thoughts on attendance.

Of course, that led to follow-up questions. Yost welcomed them, because he clearly had an axe to grind.

“We’re in a pennant race, yeah,” he said. “We’ve been working on trying to build this team for the last three or four years to put ourselves in a position where we can contend for a championship. And not only the division, but we want to contend for a world championship. It’s really, really important we have our fans behind us at the stadium.

“I know it’s a school night. But I’ve been through this before in Atlanta (when the Braves first made the playoffs) in ‘91, where it didn’t matter what night it was, that place was packed at the end of August and September. The fans really got into it.

“They’re a big part of our success, especially at home. Because the electricity they provide, the energy they provide, helps you get through games like this. You know? …”

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, who transcribed the above quotes, took issue with Yost’s comments and bluntly described them as “stupid.” It’s hard to disagree with him. For starters, Mellinger pointed out that the Royals are 4-6 in front of crowds of 30,000 or more this season. He also noted that on Aug. 26, 1991 the Braves played a Monday night game in front of 12,889 people while in a pennant race. Atlanta moved into first place with a win the next night, and 15,806 people were there to see it happen.

Mellinger’s well-reasoned takedown of Yost’s surprise attack on Royals fans is worth reading. He went on to discuss how the Royals have been bottom-dwellers for decades, so Yost has some nerve expecting a packed house now that the team has been hot for a few months. Do you know how much money fans have spent watching the Royals lose?

Yost’s remarks were poorly timed, to say the least.

H/T Hardball Talk

Woman takes a dip in Kauffman Stadium fountain during Royals game (Video)

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A 25-year-old woman named Jessica McCoy apparently had too many royal blue adult beverages at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night during the Kansas City Royals’ 13-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. And by too many I mean she had enough to think it was a good idea to start scaling along the side of the fountain in center field and eventually go for a swim.

As you can see from the photo above that Deadspin passed along, McCoy appeared close to slipping down the waterfall at one point. She eventually did slip and ended up in waist-deep water. It took several minutes for stadium security to get her out of danger and under arrest. Here is a video of the incident, which contains some NSFW language:

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Royals fans spend $5,100 on newspaper letter telling owner to sell the team

The Royals have had one winning season in the past 18 years. They have not been to the postseason since 1985 when they won the World Series. Since that title, it has been nothing but frustration for the brave baseball fans remaining in Kansas City. In a recent letter to the Kansas City Star, a group of fans decided to air their grievances with team owner David Glass.

As Bottom Line Communications pointed out, fed up Royals fan Joe Accurso recently launched a website called No-More-Glass.com. The original goal of the site was to raise enough money to publish the following ad (click to enlarge):

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Robinson Cano says Royals fans crossed the line by yelling at his family

Royals fans made their point at the Home Run Derby Monday night with the way they treated Robinson Cano. They were upset with Cano, the American League team captain, for not picking Kansas City DH Billy Butler to join the AL squad. They booed the Yankees second baseman mercilessly in a move that many thought was classless during what is supposed to be a fun event. Cano says the harassment didn’t stop there and the fans got his family involved at the All-Star Game Tuesday night.

“The only thing I didn’t like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom,” Cano said after he came out of the game according to FOXSports.com. “Hopefully it stops here and (doesn’t) go forward. They were yelling stuff to my family, which I don’t see (as) the right thing. This is a game. We’re All-Stars. If I get booed, I don’t really care. But stuff with your family, that’s crossing the line.”

If that is true, I agree with Cano that Royals fans crossed the line. He added that there are “no hard feelings” toward the fans because players get booed everywhere they go, but it should have stopped Monday night. Butler has 16 home runs on the season and Cano would have only been picking him to please the fans in Kansas City. The same thing happened last year with Justin Upton being left out in Arizona.

Cano made the mistake of publicly saying that picking a Royals representative would be the right thing to do and then not following through, but there’s no need to harass his family over it during what is intended to be a laid back event.

Robinson Cano shut out in Home Run Derby while getting booed by Royals fans

Robinson Cano was shut out in the Home Run Derby a year after winning the competition, much to the delight of Royals fans. The fans booed Cano throughout the day and during the competition because he didn’t pick Royals DH Billy Butler to participate after saying he was going to choose a Royals player to be on the AL team.

A year after clubbing 32 home runs to win the derby in Arizona, Cano went 0-for-10 and was eliminated after the first round. He says the boos (which turned to cheers after he struggled) didn’t affect him.

“Well it doesn’t affect me; I’m used to that,” Cano told Buster Olney. “Everywhere the Yankees play we get booed all the time, so I get used to it.

“Well I knew [the Royals fans were upset] as soon as I picked my team. But it’s alright. Whatever they decide to do, I really don’t care about the fans. They boo, we get that a lot.”

Cano even sent the following response on Twitter:

It’s hard to say which was more embarrassing: Cano getting shut out, or the behavior of spiteful Royals fans. I think KC fans took that honor for the night.

Royals fans upset with Robinson Cano for not picking Billy Butler for HR Derby

Royals fans are unhappy with Robinson Cano for not choosing Billy Butler to participate in the Home Run Derby, and they expressed their displeasure by constantly booing the Yankees All-Star.

Cano was named captain of the American League Home Run Derby team and the defending champ selected Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, and Prince Fielder as his teammates. The fans in Kansas City booed him when he took batting practice and when he was introduced for the derby.

Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City even bought an airplane banner to complain about Cano’s selection:

Of course the funny part about the whole situation is how out of touch Royals fans are. While we love the support they’re showing Butler, Cano’s sanity would have been questioned had he selected the Kansas City DH.

Butler is a very good hitter — one that any team would want — but he’s not a slugger. His career high for home runs in a season is 21. We appreciate the homerism by Royals fans, but let’s be real — nobody except them wanted to see Butler in the Home Run Derby.

At least Royals fans got their way when Cano was shut out in the derby. The only time they cheered him was when he failed to hit balls out.

Photo credit: Big League Stew