Media Matters

So, I was trying to find some more Royals sources using RSS. I’m a geek and read everything in Google Reader. I have a Yahoo! feed of Royals stories, but it’s sparse sometimes. Bleacher Report stories are hit and miss (especially when the amateur writers show their lack of knowledge about the ballclub). Most of those folks and some bloggers don’t have the media access to actually do a lot of ‘reporting,” just usually opinions.

Going to WHB’s website didn’t yield much, a few articles, mostly stats and standings imported in from somewhere else.

What about 610 Sports, “The Home of the Royals?” I was disappointed to see that their Royals site labeled “Royals Insider” but also called http://leftofthefoulpole.com/ was really lacking. No audio from Saturday or Sunday’s games in Texas. The blog was empty and labeled “Robert Ford Spring Training Blog.” There were Royals articles scattered across the 610 site (which has some navigational issues), but no bundle of them for easy reading.

My last stop was Fox Sports Kansas City. They had some good timely articles and an RSS feed for them. Nicely laid and easy to navigate.

So my media rankings in covering the Royals go like this: 1) Kansas City Star 2) Fox Sports Kansas City 3) 610 Sports 4) 810 WHB 5) Bloggersphere.

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Saturday In The Park: No Futures For FSKC?

Some notes for a nice April Saturday.

  • I guess the Kansas State baseball game takes precedence over airing the Futures game between the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers (cough: Royals) and the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. But, a memo to the Fox Sports brass. Can we stop using the “FSMidwest” branding on half of the programming on the supposed “Fox Sports Kansas City?” We hate that because it really means “Fox Sports St. Louis.” We hate St. Louis. No really. Maybe, someone in your Houston master control could lift a finger to push a button to fix that.
  • As I start a media rant, what was up with the Miller Lite commercials on 610 Sports that said “Happy Holidays?” Plus, all of the dead air in between innings. Does anyone really care at KCSP?
  • Does anyone sell Alex Gordon dart boards? You could make a lot of money with that. Just sayin.’
  • I have Greinke on my fantasy baseball team. He’s on the DL, probably for the whole month of April. Did we trade at the right time?

Royals Beat Tigers, 7-3; No Comedy On The Field

Nice win for the Royals over the Tigers, 7-3. Outside of the mistake that Kyle Farnsworth made that resulted in a 3-run bomb for Detroit, the Royals pitching (both Bruce Chen and the relief corps) performed well. The offensive effort makes me think that if Zack Greinke had half this support, he might 3-4. Maybe? Hmmm, maybe Zack should pitch in disguise and see what happens.

Luckily for Kansas City, the comedy was confined to the third-base dugout suite with several local comedians joined by Will Ferrell at the game. The segments with the comics and Fox Sports Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg were funny, but they bordered on too long. You would hope that if things on the field got really interesting that the FSKC director would get back to Ryan and Frank.

TGIF Links

Royals beat Tigers 7-3 before Sky Show honors 1985 champions

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as sung by Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle!
http://twitpic.com/1tzw63 (posted on Twitter by @HoltzyKC)
Will Ferrell not pictued because he didn’t sing.

Royals Pleased With Yost
What would you expect Dayton Moore to say?

Noel Arguelles: Arguelles (shoulder) shut down by Royals?
Not good news for the high-profile prospect.