10/16/14, "Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals,
" Rush Limbaugh
"Please indulge me on this
. This is somewhat personal to me. The Kansas City Royals
how about that, a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Eight
straight playoff wins, setting a Major League Baseball record. The
extra-inning win over the Oakland A's. Three games over the Anaheim
Angels, and now over four over the Baltimore Orioles, and to the World
Series. They host it, starting Tuesday night in Kansas City at Kauffman
Stadium, first time in 29 years.
I was not at the Royals in 1985. I had just left
town for Sacramento
to set out on this journey, if you will. I worked for the Royals from
'79 through '83, so I was there for the 1980 World Series
that they lost
to the Phillies. It was exciting and, you know, I had an important job
there. I was director of ceremonial first pitches, and I was director
of escorting national anthem singers to second base before playoff
games. They sometimes even let me pick the anthem singers. It was five
years I spent there. I wouldn't trade those five years for anything.
It was my first five years outside of radio, which I started at age 16.
I met people I would otherwise have not met. I learned things,
experience things I never would have. And I had doors open for me simply
because I could say, "Hi, Rush Limbaugh, from the Kansas City Royals." People that wouldn't give me the time of day, I'm talking about
businesspeople, would open their doors. But it was also good for me
because I found out that I'm not cut out for corporate conformity, but I
wouldn't trade those five years, and it's so great....
I was looking at the game last night, watching, and that stadium,
they've done such a great job renovating it
and keeping it new. The
place was buzzing. It's one of the best places in the country to watch a
baseball game and be part of it. These are young players that don't
know they can't do anything. It was great to see, and I just want to
take a little brief moment here to congratulate 'em.
RUSH: One more observation about the Kansas City Royals and the
American League Championship Series. I've done something the past
couple of weeks I haven't done in years, I have been watching baseball
games on TV, and a realization hit me last night. It's the way it used
to be. I didn't hear any talk of concussions.
I didn't hear the play-by-play announcers or the color commentators
lamenting sexual abuse. I didn't hear about whether some player had come
out and was gay. I didn't hear about any cultural this or that. It was
just baseball. It was nothing more than the sport of baseball. It was
on television, it's what was talked about, and all of that sideshow
stuff the media has dragged into football (and to a certain extent
basketball) wasn't there.
It was... Well, they're gonna frown on me for this word, but it was
"pure," and by "pure" I mean in the purest sense. It was almost a
throwback. It was the way watching sports on TV used to be, long before
the Sports Drive-Bys (media) decided to go get political on everybody. It was
really great. Something else I was reminded of: The Kansas City crowd
is one of the best-looking crowds in baseball. Seriously.
Look, I know I'm biased here. I lived there for 10 years and I worked
at that team for five years, but they're respectful of the other team,
sportsmanship and all that, some clever signs. It was all good. It was
great TV, it was great baseball, and it was exciting, and as I say: I
haven't watched baseball in years. But I got the fever, and I think
it's great. Again, I just wanted to take a brief moment to congratulate
RUSH: Here's Sarah in Overland Park, Kansas City.
Welcome. It's great to have you on the program, Sarah. Hi....
CALLER: I've been trying to get through for years. I've been a fan
forever, my family, all of us. And of all the things for me to call
about, I am so happy you mentioned the Kansas City Royals. I've been
waiting because I know about your connection, and I have to tell you,
it's just amazing in this city right now. It's electric
RUSH: It's like it was, I'll bet, back in the late seventies, early
eighties, mid-eighties, when the Royals owned the town and when the
Royals defined even the self-esteem of the city. I mean, they owned
it. Everybody, I mean, the city was totally united based on the Royals
and their fortunes, and it was a great time. It was a great period in
the city's history. And you're saying it's back now, huh?
CALLER: You know, I was two years out of high school in '85, and I was a
big fan, I've always been a baseball fan. Politics and baseball are my
two favorite things, besides my daughter. So I was away at college
when they won it in '85. And, you know, baseball is just America. My
family and I were at the game on Tuesday, the third game, and I've never
seen anything like it in person. People were singing, "God Bless
America" with the singer in, what, seventh or eighth inning. Nobody
knows the words to that song. It was just people were crying and taking
off their caps and just so into it, and I think --
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CALLER: Yeah. I agree with you, and that's just baseball to me,
and, you know, I truly believe America is rooting for this team. They've struggled for so long, and I think Dayton Moore is a genius. I
think Ned Yost has managed this team very well. And I think they've both
been very patient, as has the owner of the Royals.
RUSH: Well, okay, we'll grant patience. We'll chalk it up to patience.
CALLER: Well, they're great players, and I think it's different than
other teams, too. The Royals and the general manager want to hire
players who really want to win.
They have good character. They work
hard. It's been a real struggle. They just have worked so hard.
RUSH: Well, here's what's happened. I'll explain it to you in a
nutshell. The Royals simply can't play players what the Yankees, the
Angels, and other teams can. Well, they're a small market. I don't
know the smallest, but they're a small market. They don't have local
revenue like other teams do, and despite the revenue sharing tax, it
doesn't even begin to make up for it. They have, however, a great
scouting department. They sign young players.
It is amazing the quality of the young players that have come up
through the Kansas City system
, and once they show their wares and they
reach their free agency period, they're gobbled up by other teams, and
the names are legion. Carlos Beltran is one. Johnny Damon is another. These were all Royals. And, in this case, what happened is this team
gelled, while it's very young, this team came together why it's very
young before anybody had a chance to test free agency and split. It
really is amazing timing when you get down to it.
There was something else that happened this year. Some fan, the
Royals have a fan in South Korea that is absolutely a rabid fan and went
through hell or high water to get there in Kansas City
to watch a game.
His story made the news and he ended up meeting some of the players,
became a local celebrity while he was in town, and that almost coincides
with the team's reversal of fortunes, not entirely, but they had so
many great human interest stories this year.
When I worked there, I'll just share with you a little thing here and
then, Sarah, I have to move on. But when I worked there, you know,
every year you hope you make the playoffs 'cause there's nothing better.
The postseason is fun, the excitement, the place is packed, the town's
buzzing, it's the best. During a season, you see things -- I did. I
saw plays, late-game heroics, home runs that made me think this is the
season of destiny, turning an unlikely double play in the ninth inning
in Texas, I'll never forget one of those....
I saw so many of those things this season with the Royals, it made me
say, even during the playoffs, that this team is destined. And, so
far, it's proven out. So the World Series opens Tuesday night in Kansas
City at Kauffman Stadium. The town is gonna be buzzing. There's no
question about it. It's one of the best restaurant towns. It's one of
the best dry cleaner towns. I mean, it's one of the best highway towns,
best airport towns. It really is. So, Sarah, I'm glad you're all
jazzed about it. I'm sure the whole town is. That's the great thing
appreciate the call very much, and best of luck."
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