:: 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.
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.
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!”