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Friday, April 10, 2015

Paulo Orlando, Brazil, and the Royals

Brazilian Flag (Wikipedia)
For a long time the most known sports figures from Brazil have always been soccer stars. Brazil is a land where football is king. That all changed for at least a moment across the Midwestern United States and wherever else Royals fans found themselves watching or listening to Thursday's game against the White Sox. It was on this day a 29 year old Paulo Orlando, after ten years of minor league baseball would finally make his big league debut becoming only the third Brazilian to ever accomplish that feat. And when you really get down to it, the importance of the fact that Paulo finally made his debut for the Royals against the White Sox cannot be understated.
Before there was Paulo there was two other Brazilians to play at the highest level:
Catcher Yan Gomes and pitcher Andre Rienzo.
What might seem like a relatively non-important fact is really quite amazing. Because in baseball, like with God, there are no coincidences.
Yan Gomes, the Brazillian American who played college ball for Tennessee became the first Brazilian in the majors when he made his debut May 17th 2012 for the Blue Jays. Yan who now catches for the Indians seemingly has no ties to the Royals, but you'd be wrong. Yan Gomes hit his 25th career MLB homerun off of Danny Duffy July 6th of last year. But digging even deeper you would find that Yan is married to Jenna Hammaker, daughter of the Royals 1979 1st round draft pick, Atlee Hammaker. What is more impressive than that? The first Brazillian to ever play MLB married the daughter of a former Royals pitcher. Didn't I tell you there where no coincidences?
Still don't believe me, okay lets look at Andre Rienzo. On the surface he appears to be just another Chicago White Sock, but you would be wrong there. Recall that awful 5-2 Royals loss on August 21st 2013 and you'll see that, that was the night Rienzo won his first game. Becoming the first Braziallian born pitcher to receive a win and the only Brazilian born pitcher to ever beat the Kansas City Royals.
Still none of that has much to do with the speedy Paulo Orlando. No what has to do with Paulo Orlando is an obscure trade that happened on August 9th 2008 that sent reliever "HoRam" Horacio Ramirez to the White Sox for an outfielder who had spent the whole season in High Class A Winston-Salem and allowed the Royals to call up often forgotten pitcher Josh Newman who would go on to pitch in four games for Kc amassing a 7.71 ERA.
Horacio set into motion the events that would transpire yesterday. (Fox Sports)

From here time would take it's toll, and eventually people lost track of the trade. Ramirez would be out of the Majors by 2012 and retired after 2013. Josh Newman would be out of baseball by 2010. Yet time would not stop Paulo's dream. A ball in 2009 lead to him to AA in 2010. He would peak as high as AAA Omaha the following year before returning to AA in 2012. 2013 and 2014 both saw him continue to fight it out at Omaha but by now people had for the most part lost interest. In fact just last year South Side Sox in an article describing why the Sox should not fear trading within the division said this:
The Royals, though? That wall fell years ago, as they snapped a 14-year drought by making four trades from 2006 to 2009. Granted, none of those deals were worth remembering for either team:

July 24, 2006: Tyler Lumsden and Dan Cortes for Mike MacDougal
Dec. 16, 2006: Ross Gload for Andrew Sisco
Aug. 9, 2008: Paulo Orlando for Horacio Ramirez
Nov. 6, 2009: Josh Fields and Chris Getz for Mark Teahen

And although I take strong exception to the fact they think that anyone would not remeber Ross Gload, the fact remains the same. The White Sox had forgotten about the heart and drive of Paulo Orlando. A drive and a dream that was finally realized yesterday afternoon when Paulo went 1 for 3 with a triple and a walk. While one game does not make for something to get to excited about overall, for Paulo Orlando it made all the hard work worth it.

"It might not have looked like it," he said, "but I was nervous. There was a lot of emotions out there for me. Maybe next time I can control my emotions more." 
~ Paulo Orlando (Royals.com)
All smiles (Royals.com)

After ten years Paulo certainly has something to smile about, and not only him but all who love baseball in Brazil and are proving that soccer is no longer, the only sport.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mildly recapping the start of the 2015 season

The Royals (1-0) looking to continue to stay hot tonight after terrible Tuesday in which they had a day off. Seriously I cannot stand that. We have to wait all winter for baseball to get here and then boom. After one game you are immediately followed by an off day. I get that the players can probably use the rest after playing the first meaningful game of the season, but c'mon what about us fans? That wait is killer.

But after one game there where some really encouraging signs.
For starters the Royals roughed up the White Sox's new ace former Notre Dame Wide Receiver and ex-Princess Bride hero Jeff Samardzija.
Forget what you've heard this guy is a baseball player. (USA Today)
Before growing a goatee and beard, Jeff played Inigo Montoya in the homeschool cult favorite, The Princess Bride
So try to remember that before jumping to any conclusions on whether the plunking of Lorenzo Cain following the Moustakas home run was intentional. It would only stand to reason that someone with a history of violet sports and past movie roles would be prone to occasionally let the situation get the best of him. I mean we are only one game into the season... and oh forget it he plays for the White Sox. Still what was most important about the HBP was the way the rest of the team stood up for Cain from the dugout, which is something the Royals have not always been too keen at doing.

All and all it was a very solid effort in the 10-1 victory. From the three walks drawn by Morales to Alex Rios going 3 for 4 it was a most exciting Opening Day. The only moment of cringe worthiness was when Yordano Ventura fell to the ground with a cramp in his thumb. Definitely something you do not want to see from your ace who just signed a big extension. But luckily it was as they say just a thumb cramp.

Aside from the big victory, the other feel good story was the solid top of the nineth pitched by Ryan Madson. After being out of the big leagues since 2011 it was definitely a cool moment to see (or hear on the radio as I did) all of Ryan's hard work to get back being fulfilled.

Of course to see these rings and the AL Pennet getting raised were also very much feel good stories, many years in the making.

Royals’ 2014 AL championship ring. (JOSTENS)
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article17551247.html#storylink=cpy
But ultimately the show must go on, and as we get set for tonight's game with Danny Duffy on the hill we can remember the past by voting for the franchise four,

So as the Royals get ready for tonight's game it is of the utmost importance to let the words of wisdom Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom ring through our heads:

"The Sox have the best hitter on the field in this series. They have the most to lose by resorting to some kind of fake-macho baseball. Being dumber than the Royals doesn’t help you get past a divisional opponent that went to the World Series. Being smarter and better than the Royals, now that helps a lot."

True words of wisdom. However it is just a shame the White Sox will never have the cunning to outsmart the Royals, maybe in the days of Trey Hillman or Buddy Bell, but no one in the world has the smarts of Ned Yost. And certainly you cannot base your hopes on being better than the Royals because that is just something impossible. Enjoy the game and thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

2015 Royals and beyond!

Let us face it, this blog probably has not held much relevance since sometime in 2009. Granted though I was 18 than and all the post show that very cringe worthy fact. However 2015 is a brand new spanking year, and the Kansas City Royals are the defending American League Champions. No back in 2008 I never thought I would ever write that sentence but I just did, and let me tell you it feels great. Are blogs still as important here in 2015 as they where in 2008? Probably not. People have twitter now. Or I guess I should say baseball has twitter. because seriously the best place to watch any baseball game is at the ballpark, however the next best thing is on your front porch drinking a sweet tea and spitting sunflower seeds while summer sun fades and the crackling voice of Denny Matthews comes over the AM dial on an aging radio. After that the next best thing is the same situation, only with an FM dial. But if you don't have that, well then you at the worst should have a TV and a twitter because that is pretty darn fun to.

I am like Brett Farve in a way, I just do not know hen to gracefully call it quits. An obvious sign to anyone reading this who is thinking, "geez a new post from Royals on Radio Etc, I thought that guy was dead or something'. And to be honest I have lost touch with quite a few of the bloggers pantheon who have sense moved out of the basement and into the real world. (Is that even a thing? The real world...) Anyway I now have 31 hours of college complete including an A in English 102 (after a B in English 101) and Microsoft Word so... hopefully these posts are not going to suck as much from here on out.
And you know what? California, Mo is back on the Royals Radio Network map baby...

So here's hoping for another exciting and memorable season of Kansas City Royals baseball.
And I think I'm going to bring the sexy back to Royals blogging in 2015.

As always thanks for reading and Go Royals!