Let’s look back at Yordano Ventura and see how he was treated compared to some current Royals.
The game review from last night’s game, and especially today’s podcast, are a must-read and must-listen.
Cleveland Indians 5, Kansas City Royals 4 (Game Review)
1:10pm – MLB – Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (MLB)
Double Standards In Royal Blue
Shane Bieber hit Salvador Perez in Wednesday’s game. Bieber is known for having excellent control. Royals play-by-play man Ryan Lefebvre said that the Indians would likely be looking out for retaliation from the Royals on the Salvy hit-by-pitch during the game. He said it as if to say it was part of the game.
But wait! Do you remember Yordano Ventura? Most people scorched him in town. Not me. But most people. Ventura threw at opponents and did things on the mound that weren’t professional, according to most. At the front of the mob against Yordano Ventura was Royals play-by-play man Ryan Lefebvre. Lefebvre called Ventura immature and childish for his antics or words to that effect. Since then, however, Lefebvre and others who disliked Ventura’s antics talk about how much they miss him and describe things he did as how the game is played. Ventura probably would have preferred their support while he was still pitching.
Of course, it wasn’t ok when Ventura was doing it, but it’s ok now for others. For Lefebvre, it’s once again part of the game. Lefebvre is just the most public person to have these statements since we hear him on every broadcast. He is definitely not alone. It feels like most people agree with him. All of them are completely wrong.
After the game, Mike Matheny said that they couldn’t take the emotion out of Brady Singer’s game because that is part of what makes him good. But again, that is the exact opposite of what people said about Yordano Ventura. Matheny is correct. Some players need emotion to be at their best.
Chiefs Notes: The Chiefs are signing S Will Parks to a one-year contract worth up to $1.13 million. The Chiefs are signing WR Chris Finke. That puts the Chiefs at the 90 player limit. They could reportedly still sign CB Bashaud Breeland.
Notes: Amazon will take over Thursday Night Football in 2022 instead of 2023. Amazon is replacing FOX… UEFA is reportedly close to issuing severe disciplinary action against clubs that signed up to the Super League and have yet to distance themselves from the project sufficiently… Baltimore P John Means threw a no-hitter in which he threw 26 of 27 first pitch strikes…
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