Archive for July, 2015

Once again, in my view, The New York Times’ insistence on using courtesy titles has made the paper look silly.

In this morning’s print edition, I was immediately drawn to a front-page story out of Santa Cruz, CA, about a 15-year-old boy being charged with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the death of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton.

The alleged killer is Adrian Jerry Gonzalez. After using his full name on first reference, The Times’ story refers to him as “Mr. Gonzalez” on second and subsequent references.

It was jarring when I saw the first “Mr. Gonzalez.”

I went on to finish the story, which is beautifully written and reported by Sarah Maslin Nir, but I soon began doing Google searches on The Times’ practice of bestowing courtesy titles, which most newspapers and magazines have done away with.

Except on the sports pages, The Times typically refers to people on second and subsequent references as Mr., Ms. or Mrs.

Medical doctors and dentists get to be called “Dr.” and, in some cases, people with doctorates get that title. Also, famous people who are long gone don’t get courtesy titles, so you don’t see completely ludicrous references like “Mr. Einstein.”

The 1999 edition of The Times’ style book — The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage — calls for people under 18 to be referenced by their first names after the first reference.

The style book has since been updated, and I don’t know if the book’s explanation of courtesy titles for people under 18 has changed. What the 1999 edition says is some people under 18 should receive courtesy titles and some should not.

The determining factor, that edition said, is “their role in the news.” For example, the style book says, “A teenager who achieves distinction in a normally adult field (scientific discovery…or musical composition) might well merit Ms. Miss or Mr.”

His “role in the news” doesn’t seem to be the determining factor in the case of Adrian Gonzalez.

When I went back and read the story a second time, I noticed that he has been charged “as an adult.” Almost surely, that is why the editors decided to put the “Mr.” before his name on second reference.

Still, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s ridiculous. As I have done here, The Times should have referred to the defendant as “Adrian Gonzalez” in all subsequent references.

In 2012, Philip B. Corbett, The Times’ associate editor for standards, wrote, “In all cases, the rule of common sense should prevail.”

Well, common sense certainly didn’t prevail today…Common sense dictates that Adrian Gonzalez be referred to by first and last name every time. (I put a call in to Corbett this morning but haven’t heard back.)

In the larger picture, and particularly in these days of increasing informality, I think The Times should drop the courtesy titles altogether.

Last December, Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune praised Crain’s magazine for dropping courtesy titles. One of the problems with courtesy titles, Zorn said, was using them “frequently confers dignity upon the despicable.” As an example, he said The Times has several times referred to serial killer John Wayne Gacy as “Mr. Gacy.”

Is that common sense? Of course not. And neither is calling a 15-year-old alleged rapist and killer “Mr. Gonzalez.”

:: It came as no surprise when I learned today that Will Dana, managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, is leaving the paper.

Dana was the guy with whom the buck stopped on Rolling Stone’s bogus story about a purported gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.


Will Dana

In the wake of publication last year, the credibility of the story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, quickly began to fall apart. Erdely based the story primarily on the account of one student, a woman she called “Jackie,” who claimed to be the victim.

After Rolling Stone was forced to retract the story last December, I wrote that Jann Wenner, co-founder of the magazine and still the editor in chief, “will fire just about everyone who was involved in reporting and editing the story.”

Dana, who has been with the magazine 19 years, is the first person to lose his job over the debacle. His last day is Aug. 7.

I have not seen anything indicating that the two other main journalists involved in the story — Erdely herself and the main editor of the story, Sean Woods — are on their way out.

Dana’s departure is a good first step for Rolling Stone to try to redeem itself as a responsible publication. That’s not enough, though; Erdely and Woods also need to go.

:: Great news! Cheslor Cuthbert is staying with the Royals. That means we can continue hearing his name announced at the stadium and on radio and TV whenever he gets into a game. I thought for sure he was headed to Omaha to make room for newly acquired outfielder Ben Zobrist. But it was Paulo Orlando who got tapped to return to the minor leagues. I’d like to think Cheslor’s wonderful name was the deciding factor in whether he stayed or went. These Royals’ front-office guys are looking more and more like geniuses.

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:: With the addition of Oakland A’s player Ben Zobrist to the Royals’ roster, I sure hope Royals’ utility infielder Cheslor Cuthbert doesn’t get demoted to Omaha. Not because he’s a great player or anything but because he’s got one of the greatest names I’ve ever heard. It rolls off the tongue and has a felicitous ring.


W.C. Fields

It’s as good as some of the great names that comic actor W.C. Fields invented for some of his memorable film characters. Like Augustus Winterbottom in Tillie and Gus (1933); or T. Frothingill Bellows in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938); or Egbert Sousé (“accent grave,” Fields would always say when introducing himself) in The Bank Dick (1940). And my favorite, Larson E. Whipsnade in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939).

:: And while we’re on the Royals, I fear that the addition of “ace” pitcher Johnny Cueto is going to insure that we can’t beat the Cardinals in the World Series.

Here’s the deal…In 2010, Cueto intentionally kicked Cardinals’ catcher Jason LaRue in the head, giving him a concussion. It was about the 20th concussion LaRue had suffered, and he quit baseball. Understandably, the Cardinals have hated Cueto ever since…And, as we all know, the Cardinals never forget.


Umpire Don Denkinger making the call that altered the course of the 1985 World Series.

We remember, too: Game 6, 1985, Don Denkinger’s erroneous call at first base, which led to the Royals coming back and winning that pivotal game and going on to win Game 7 the next day. Hell, not only does that incident still burn in the minds of St. Louis residents who were alive at the time, it simmers in the minds of their children and grandchildren. If a Royals-Cardinals World Series comes about, look for venom thick as lava to ooze from the pores of every Cardinals’ fan’s body.

:: I sensed from my last post about Kansas City International Airport that a handful of you remain resistant to the emerging plan to build a single new terminal at KCI, replacing the ugly and impractical three-terminal set-up that has been in place since KCI opened in the early 1970s. Well, the government of New York State is dealing with a similar problem at Laguardia Airport, which is in line for a $4 billion rebuilding.

On Monday, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep led into the story like this: “One of the nation’s busiest and most maligned airports is getting a $4 billion overhaul. New York authorities are applying the theory of creative destruction. If you want to build something great, destroy something first, like LaGuardia.”

Then, reporter Joel Rose picked up, saying, “(Gov. Andrew) Cuomo unveiled a design for single, unified terminal, in contrast to the hodgepodge of separate terminals that make up LaGuardia today.”

Hmmm. Seems to me that “creative destruction” is precisely the plan for KCI. Moreover, Rose might as well have been talking about KCI when he mentioned the “hodgepodge of separate terminals.”

So, let’s shout it all together now: “Onward and upward at KCI! Onward and upward!”

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Many of you probably don’t realize how closely the fortunes — misfortunes, actually — of The Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have paralleled the last 10 years.

But that’s why I’m here, right — to keep you abreast of important matters like this!!??

The parallel is nothing less than amazingly eery.


:: The McClatchy Co. bought The Star and Knight Ridder’s 31 other papers for $4.5 billion in 2006. In doing so, McClatchy took on more than $1 billion in debt, and its debt is still about $1 billion today…Layoffs, buyouts and other cutbacks have been the order of the day since the Knight Ridder purchase.

:: Lee Enterprises, a Davenport-based chain of relatively small newspapers, bought the Post-Dispatch and 13 other Pulitzer Inc. newspapers for $1.46 billion in 2005. In doing so, Lee also took on more than $1 billion in debt, and its current debt is about $750 million. Layoffs, buyouts and other…well, you’ve got the script.

…In both cases, it was the story of a small fish trying to swallow a whale.

Each chain got its wish, but if they had to do it over again, they’d swim as fast as they could from the monsters they had their sights set on.  

In the aftermath of the McClatchy deal, Gary Pruitt, McClatchy CEO, left the company six years later (2012) to become president and CEO of the Associated Press. I think it is safe to assume he is earning far less than he was a decade ago.

On the other hand, Mary Junck remains chairman and CEO at Lee Enterprises and appears to be in good standing with the board of directors, primarily because she engineered a 2014 refinancing that reduced the company’s debt. (To the chagrin of the Post-Dispatch staff, Junck got a $700,000 bonus last year for pulling off the refinancing).


We in Kansas City hear a lot about how bleak the situation is at The Star — such as total employment down from more than 2,000 to probably about 500 — but it’s even worse in St. Louis if you consider a rash of bad breaks.


Virginia Young

For example…nine editorial employees either took buyouts or were laid off recently. Those who took buyouts included senior political writer Virginia Young and popular local columnist Bill McClellan. (McClellan will continue to write a Sunday column on a contract with the paper.)

As if that weren’t enough, lead sports columnist Bernie Miklasz resigned recently to go to radio; another sports columnist, Bryan Burwell, died of cancer last December; and editorial page editor Tony Messenger had surgery last week for throat cancer.


Joe Williams

The paper took another tragic blow Sunday when movie critic Joe Williams was killed in a one-car crash in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis.

This morning I spoke with Kevin Horrigan, deputy editorial page editor, who was a reporter at The Star before leaving for St. Louis in 1977.  (There, he started at the Post-Dispatch, went to a couple of radio stations and went back to the P-D, on the editorial page, in 2000.)

Ticking off the rash of setbacks, Horrigan said, “It’s like we’re snakebit here.”

The paper, he said, had gone from an emotional high of winning a Pulitzer Prize — for photographing the Ferguson, MO, story last year — to perhaps an all-time low in the space of a few months.

Putting aside the two deaths and the health problems, Horrigan said the depletion of ranks at his paper was “the reality of life in 21st Century journalism.”

When I asked him how the staff was responding, he replied, “You can piss and moan about it or pull up your socks and go to work. That’s where we are.”


Kevin Horrigan

With Messenger’s work load limited, Horrigan, 66, is one of two people writing editorials full time. The other is Deborah Peterson, another former KC Star reporter.

The Star’s editorial page manpower is almost as severely depleted, with four people — Barb Shelly, Steve Paul, Lewis Diuguid and Yael Abouhalkah — writing editorials.

Both papers are down to doing about one editorial a day, instead of two or three. And one day a week — Monday for The Star and Saturday for the P-D — each paper does not have an Op-Ed page.

Both papers have large buildings (although the Post-Dispatch building is for sale) that have way too much space for their current staffs. Illustrating the atrophy, Horrigan recalled a recent incident where fire alarms went off and everyone had to leave the building at 900 N. Tucker Boulevard.

“We were standing around across the street, and I thought (from judging the assembly) that a lot of people must still be inside the building,” Horrigan said. “But there weren’t!

“I thought, ‘Holy cow, where did all the people go?’ “

And there, readers, is a stark image of “the reality of life in 21st Century journalism.” Newspaper journalism, anyway.

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I had always been curious about Columbus, OH, partly because it is a big city that really isn’t known for much, other than being the home of Ohio State University and the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus.

Last week and this week, Patty and I had the opportunity to visit Columbus because Patty had a booth at the biannual Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly. (For 20 years, Patty has owned and operated a business that designs and manufactures clergy vestments. WomenSpirit is the women’s line, and AbidingSpirit is the men’s line.)

Columbus is a lively, hospitable city that is very easy to navigate. Its downtown is larger than Kansas City’s; it has an attractive area of bars and restaurants just north of the convention center district; and it boasts a historic, high-end residential and restaurant area south of downtown called German Village.

One aspect of Columbus I particularly liked, as a retired reporter and editor, was a the big sign on top of the building that houses the local paper, The Columbus Dispatch. The sign is impressive enough during the day, but at night its bold, red letters are visible for blocks…It made me wonder why The Star has never had a large, distinctive sign on its stately building at 18th and Grand. The only identifying sign on the old Star building is a bronze plaque next to the south-side door bearing the words “The Star.”

…I guess The Star is just humble and self-effacing…like its founder, un-huh, William Rockhill Nelson. 

Now the photos…


The most striking building on the Columbus skyline is the Leveque Tower, an Art Deco style structure that stands 47 stories and once was the tallest building between New York and Chicago.


The Dispatch building, by day.


…and by night.


The Ohio Statehouse, with its conical roof, which is sometimes likened to a “Chinese hat.”


Nationwide insurance dominates the skyline and the town. 


The convention center represents a laudable architectural achievement. From the outside, it looks like a series of buildings — done in pastels — but inside it’s the requisite “big box,” with an expansive exhibition space that can be subdivided.


That’s Patty (right) talking to longtime customer Rev. Janet Long of Elyria, OH. At the convention, Janet ordered a red robe for Pentecost. It will be her seventh WomenSpirit robe.


Just north of the convention center is the “Short North” area, distinguished by wrought-iron arches over High Street.


Very near our hotel stands the former federal court building and U.S. Post Office — a “Romanesque Revival” style building, which a law firm has owned and occupied since 1984.


I took this photo from our eighth-floor hotel room. The building at the left, with the glowing top, is the Leveque Tower. At center, of course, is the Statehouse.


This is German Village, where almost everything is made of brick. (I understand southern Ohio used to be a major brick production center.) German Village is just south of downtown, part of which is visible in the background.


Here’s an excellent German Village restaurant where we ate.


Strolling around after dinner, we happened upon this house with an incredible flower garden.


We struck up a conversation with the owner, Paul, and he invited us to see his patio garden.


A hibiscus flower in full bloom.


One morning, I feel obliged to report, I had to take an unexpected side trip to the Columbus Police Impound and Parking Violations Bureau.


And there’s our rented Mazda CX-5, which got towed from State Street very early Monday morning. Sometimes even editors fail to read the fine print: Parking along that part of State is prohibited between midnight and 6 a.m. Mondays for street sweeping.


Unexpected side trips often yield unexpected benefits, like this distant view of downtown…with a few minor obstructions. Two-hundred twenty-eight dollars later I was headed back downtown. And they are the friendliest people at the impound center; the clerk even complimented me on my Sam Snead hat!

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Gradually and rationally, momentum is building to move ahead with construction of a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

I didn’t see yesterday’s development coming — and maybe that’s the way city officials wanted it — but for a Southwest Airlines official, as well as an outside consultant, to say publicly that renovating KCI’s existing terminals would cost more than building a new, single terminal is a significant jerk of the needle.

The needle of progress, is what I’m talking about.

I realize a lot of people — thousands and thousands of people — still need to be convinced of the wisdom of a single, modern terminal. But more than ever, I now have real hope that an attitude shift will come.

The Star’s editorial this morning framed the debate perfectly, I thought…

“Kansas City should focus on what it would take to construct a new terminals and, for now, stop looking at major renovations to the current terminals.”

I have been saying this for well over a year now: The current, multi-terminal design, while convenient, is no longer practical and has outlived its usefulness. In addition, as I have said many times — and as is as clear as the realization that the Royals need another starting pitcher — KCI sucks.

The bullpen holding areas…the lack of a common security checkpoint…the dearth of any decent food places (not to mention shopping possibilities)…the dark, depressing environment…It’s a disaster.

And…it’s getting worse by the day. The movement to scrub the multi-terminal design began with the Aviation Department in 2012, and the Aviation Department is still pushing hard for modernization. So, do you think we’ll see the department pouring a lot of money into maintaining and improving what we’ve got now?

By benign neglect, the Aviation Department has the power to make KCI unbearable. I don’t think that will happen, but continued deterioration is what we’re going to get at the 47-year-old airport.

…We’ve seen tremendous improvements and modernization in our city during the last decade. Sprint Center is an unqualified, booming success; the Power & Light District has played a pivotal role in downtown resuscitation; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning jewel; the Crossroads district is a terrific, southward extension of downtown and a powerful attraction for residents and tourists alike. And if you drive Main Street these days and see those steel rails going down, you can feel in your bones (drive it, you’ll feel it, I guarantee it) that the streetcar is going to be a powerful lure…again, for residents and tourists alike.

In the midst of all that progress, to stand pat with a rundown, pathetic airport is like buying a house and totally renovating it inside but keeping the broken-down furniture and refusing to paint the exterior.

Yes, building a new terminal at the site of Terminal A and razing terminals B and C is an expensive “paint job.” But it needs to happen for Kansas City to continue to call itself a first-class city and for us to remain competitive with cities like St. Louis, Louisville, Tampa and Nashville.

Next year, very likely, we will get a chance to vote on whether to keep Kansas City moving forward or to continue wallowing in the quicksand of “convenience.”

Come on, Kansas Citians, let’s put the broken down Laz-Y-Boy on the curb, hire a good painting crew and finish the makeover of this great place we call home!

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They’re late to the party, but several major American newspapers are now putting the pedal to the electronically charged metal.

In recent weeks, at least three papers — The Star, the Wall Street Journal and the Denver Post — have signaled their intentions to accelerate the transition from print to digital and thereby try to reclaim some of the customer loyalty they’ve lost as the Internet left them in the dust.

They’re doing this because they have no choice; it’s change or die. Newspapers have the best news-gathering operations of any media but still have lost much of their former dominance in news dissemination.

…Let me be clear that I am not blaming newspapers for this state of affairs because, like most people in the newspaper industry, I didn’t see the wave coming until well after it had engulfed us.

During the infancy of the Internet, I would have endorsed — and laughed with — Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger’s dismissive attitude toward the Internet.

In a May 1994 speech he made right here in Kansas City, he said:

“This evening I should like to try out another old-fashioned view. It is my contention that newspapers are here to stay. They are not going the way of the dinosaur – rendered extinct, in this case, by the wonders of a new technology that will speed us down an interactive information superhighway of communications.

“I’ll go one further. I believe that for a long time to come this information superhighway, far from resembling a modern interstate, will more likely approach a roadway in India: chaotic, crowded and swarming with cows. Or, as one might say, udder confusion.”

That was a funny line, but the joke was on Punch and the rest of us old-media sorts who clung to tradition and denied what was unfolding before our eyes.

Finally, though, many newspapers are flying full tilt toward digital — and specifically toward readers using mobile devices.

Here are a few examples:

:: The Kansas City Star is implementing on July 27 a reorganization plan designed to put the digital product on a higher plane than the print edition. In a June 10 memo to the newsroom, editor Mike Fannin wrote: “We all share in the mission of making the transformation to a fully digital newsroom…All of our content will be scheduled on a digital timeline.”

:: The Wall Street Journal recently initiated a paid, digital-style news app called What’s News. The app is named for the news briefs column that has been a fixture on the Journal’s front page. The Journal has also set an ambitious goal of increasing subscriptions — print and digital — from 2.2 million to 3 million by 2017.

:: The New York Times conducted a one-week experiment where it blocked employees inside its Manhattan headquarters from accessing the paper’s homepage on their desktop computers. The point of the experiment, of course, was to highlight the growing importance of mobile.

:: Denver Post editor Greg Moore issued a memo that said: “We need the entire staff more in tune with producing digital content during the work shift. There is no reason that every reporter and photographer can’t contribute daily to our digital effort. The key is time management. And we need to settle on what is a reasonable level of production.” (In other words, like cops on traffic duty, reporters better get ready for quotas.)


In addition to its newsroom reorganization, The Star has commissioned a redesign of the print product and digital versions of the paper. I’m not sure when we will see the new layouts, but indications are that The Star will start putting heavier emphasis on fewer stories.

Fannin wrote:

This should be liberating. For years, we’ve focused on generating 18-20 front-page stories every week. It was a good plan, for its time. But even good plans can become formulaic. Going forward, we won’t assign stories to fill holes. We won’t shoot photos to fill holes. We’ll bless assignments based on their journalistic merit — and their ability to drive readership, engagement, credibility and impact.

I wish The Star the best with the new design and the fresh approach to news gathering and story selection. I hope it’s a successful business model and goes over well with readers.

On the other hand, I’ve seen a lot of reorganizations at The Star over the years, and the worst was the last I saw, in 2004, when the newsroom was turned upside down. Of course, it didn’t help that Knight Ridder sold the paper two years later and that two years after that The Star began laying people off…In retrospect, the reorganization was the first domino to fall, and they’ve been toppling ever since.

In addition, Fannin seems to be so preoccupied by digital that he’s no longer thinking in plain English, which is troubling. He ended his memo like this:

“In conclusion, let me add these assurances: This is an iterative plan, we have a great staff, we’ll keep evolving the strategy, and we can do this.”

If I was still an employee, I would feel a lot better about things if I saw that thought phrased like this:

“Let me add these assurances: You are a great staff with the flexibility and skill to pull this off. We’re doing this by trial and error, and we will continue making adjustments until we get satisfactory results.”

But “iterative“? Please, hold the mumbo jumbo.

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I’ve gotta tell you — and it won’t come as a surprise to many of you who are Royals’ fans — the emperor of the Royals’ broadcasting crew, Denny Matthews, is wearing no clothes.

How this guy has remained on the broadcast team since the team’s inception in 1969 is a mystery to me.

His game calls are about as interesting as if he were describing a dog washing…

“There goes the soap on pooch’s coat; he’s getting his back and tail lathered now; he’s shaking off the water…”



I wish somebody would take Denny’s pulse when the game is tied in the bottom of the ninth, and we’ve got runners on second and third, one out, with Sal Perez or another or our top hitters at the plate…“There’s a slow grounder to short, the throw comes home, safe, the game is over…We’ll be right back with the totals.”

Oh, it isn’t quite that bad, but you know — we all know — it’s pretty damn bad.

But nobody dares criticize the guy.

One day last week on Kevin Kietzman’s “Between the Lines” show on WHB radio, Kietzman said, “You won’t hear me say a bad word about Denny Matthews; he’s great.”

That was after Kietzman had spent a couple of minutes extolling the skills of Ryan Lefebvre, the Royals’ best broadcaster by far.

Then Denny’s broadcast partner Danny Clinkscale jumped in and said something like, He paints a perfect picture in your mind of what’s going on.”

Baloney. He describes nothing and gives out precious little information.

Take today’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, which the Royals ended up winning 11-10. It was a wild game, with a total of seven errors, and both teams looked like they were mailing it in.

I watched several innings on TV, including the top of the 6th inning, where the Blue Jays scored eight runs and wiped out a 7-0 Royals’ lead. In the bottom of the inning, which I also watched, the Royals bounced back and took a 10-8 lead.

At that point, I headed to the grocery store. Actually, I had to go to two grocery stores — the Brookside Price Chopper and then the Brookside Market — to run down everything on the list. I lost track of the game for a couple of innings, and when I turned it on while heading to the Brookside Market, Paulo Orlando was up.

Orlando hit a home run, and, I have to admit, there was actually a trace of excitement in his voice when he said, “Gone!” But then Denny didn’t give the score! I kept waiting for him to give the score, but it wasn’t forthcoming. He did say something to the effect that Orlando had given the Royals “a margin,” but no specifics.

I didn’t find out ’til I got home the game had been tied 10-10 and Orlando’s blast was not only the tie-breaking run but, ultimately, the winning run.

On another game I was listening to several days ago, the opposing team had the bases loaded in a close game, and one player had a long at-bat, fouling off several pitches. Never during the at-bat did Denny say how many outs there were…Turned out there were none.

What does this guy think? That everybody’s driving around having listened to every pitch and understands exactly what the circumstances are at any given moment? 

He’s ridiculous and should have retired long ago.

…On the same “Between the Lines” show I was listening to last week, either Keitzman or Clinkscale noted that Denny wasn’t in the mode of modern-day broadcasters, who display emotion and excitement.

Oh, really? Broadcasters of days gone by didn’t display emotion?

I guess Kietzman never listened to the legendary Harry Caray, of the St. Louis Cardinals and later the Chicago Cubs, or Waite Hoyt of the Cincinnati Reds. As a kid growing up in Louisville, I hung on every broadcast of the Reds’ games, and I remember one game when the score might have been tied, and Reds’ great hitter Frank Robinson came to the plate.

On one of the first pitches, Waite said very calmly, almost in a monotone, “There’s a drive down the left-field line that, if it stays fair, is a home run.”

A second or two or silence followed, and the next thing you heard was Waite shouting, “Home run!” It was one of the most dramatic and exciting baseball broadcasting moments I have ever heard.

…Hell, there were lots of animated announcers in days gone by. Kietzman knows that, but he, like other Kansas City sportscasters, says whatever he has to say to keep from uttering a critical word about “Royals’ Hall of Fame Broadcaster Denny Matthews.” That would be breaking the code of silence.

Well, I just hope the Royals don’t commission a bronze bust of Denny after he’s left the park for the last time. It would be a miscarriage of broadcasting. Truth is, Denny is enshrined in Teflon.

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