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Friday, March 14, 2008

Interview with Keith of The Royal Tower

Below is an interview done with Keith of The Royal Tower

Why are you a Royals fan? Were you born in the area or was it your parents? Why?


It's definitely in the blood. My dad was a fan, tells stories every now and then of the Royals in the 70's and 80's. Once a fan, always a fan.

When was you're first Royals game?

I wish I knew. I know I went to Royals games throughout the 90's, but I can't honestly say I remember when the first one was.

When did you become so obsessed with the Royals milb teams?

Heh, I'm a Royals fan. That sounds kind of silly, but the Royals have seemingly always been looking toward the future since I can remember, and even though it finally looks like we're starting to come together at the top of the organization, it's still really fun to look and dream of what the team could be in the future.

What would you say the overall state of Royals blogs and boards are ?

Fantastic. There are seemingly endless amounts of Royals blogs out there, and almost every single one of them is worth reading.

Why did you start your blog ?

It's not easy to find simple scouting reports on minor league players without paying any money, and that's what I aim to do. It's true, I don't see some (or even most) of the minor league players I describe, but I compile enough information from as many sources as possible before posting the reports.

Favorite blog or board besides your own The Royal Tower?

My most visited Royals sites would be Royals Review, Royals Corner, Royals Authority, and Royals Nation. With that said, if there's a Royals blog out there, I likely visit it at least once or twice a week.

Is their such a thing as east coast bias or do we use it mainly as a crutch ?

Yea, not as much as some portray it as, but there definitely is some bias out there. It's mostly due to the fact that the only really good sports program/highlight show is on ESPN, I believe, and they're located in the Northeast. I understand why they give more attention to the teams in the northeast, but as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports", they should at least try to do a better job covering the entire sport, rather than focusing on whenever Dice-K is doing jumping jacks.

Could you outrun John Buck?

Maybe in a long distance run if I got into a little better shape. I'm actually pretty skinny, but I haven't ran or done anything real active in months.

Will you miss Johan Santana?

No. Next question?

Most annoying AL Central Team ?

White Sox, without a doubt. There's not a single part of them that isn't annoying. The catcher, the manager, the general manager, and the "fans".

Most annoying AL Central fans ?

See above. Attacking a first base coach, are you kidding me?

Most annoying AL Central broadcasters?

Once again, the White Sox broadcasters without a doubt. They seem pretty intelligent when in comes to the Royals, actually, but they're just annoying as hell with their dumb calls.

Least annoying MLB fans?(besides own)

Indians. Don't really hear much from them.

Least annoying AL Central broadcasters?(besides own)

Indians. I've heard very few of each time, but they seem like the most intelligent among our division.

If you had a hot dog at the K what's on it?

Plain. I'm not a toppings guy.

Did we overpay for Guillien?

If we did, barely. As a fan, it's really hard to know how many others teams we're in on Guillen since really it was only the Royals that we're publicly admitting some interest. As long as the team isn't expecting Guillen to be the answer to the Royals' offensive problems last year, I think he'll be a fine addition to the ball club.

How long will Emil be an Athletic?

One Year.

Most hated MLB team ?

Heh, probably the White Sox, of course. It would bring a huge smile to my face to see them crash and burn and stay in the cellar for a long, long time.

Your choice Downtown or present location for stadium?

I like Kaufman where it's at. I was a little disappointed the rolling roof didn't get approved, because that would have been truly awesome.

When will the Royals contend?

They'll be pushing for a division title in 2009.

Did you like the black alternate uniforms ?

Not really, seemed to generic for my liking.

Do you enter the Sonic slam inning ? What' your drink at Sonic?

Not yet. I have a gift certificate to Sonic, but I haven't been there is so long that I don't really even remember what there is to drink there.

You're pick who is the 4th and 5th starter?

I'd love to see Hochevar and Davies take those two spots, as it'd make for possibly the youngest starting rotation in baseball. That said, if they both we're to make it, it would make something of a roster crunch with Bale going back to the bullpen and Tomko sure to get a spot as well. I do like the idea of Bale in the rotation, he could be somewhere near league average if given 150 innings.

Have you ever ran the bases after a Sunday game?

Nope. My parents would never let me. Boooo.

Most unique Royals item you own?

I have a Royals beanie. Nothing too unique I guess.

Do you get enjoyment from your blog?

Yea I really do. I don't get to write as much as I would like to, but it is fun to research our teams prospects and report about them for others to access easily. I'd like to someday build a much larger Royals website outside of blogger, but that's not an option quite yet.
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And that concludes our interview with Keith from The Royal Tower check out his blog for great Royals minor league coverage.

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