Kansas City Baseball Vault: First Half Rundown (and ASG Watch Party Info)

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The Kansas City Royals have finished the first half with 52 wins. They lead the American league. They’ve had seven players selected to the All Star team. They’re defending AL Champs.

So what elements have come together so far for this run? Jeff and Mike discuss the team approach and identity and the breakouts that have brought the Royals to this point. We also revisted our semi-bold predictions from just before Opening Day.

We’ll talk more about the first place Royals and what lies ahead on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

There will be baseball, beer, drink specials, friends old and new, pizza in the back (at Joe’s), and we’re working on some special guests and giveaways.

Giveaway items:
-1 Autographed copy of Frank White’s book “One Man’s Dream”
-1 Copy of Willie Mays Aikens’s book “Safe At Home”
-1 Copy of Chris Kamler’s (@TheFakeNed) book “The Silence, the Series, and the Season of SungWoo”
-Watch party t-shirts
-KCBBV/Kelly’s hats
(giveaway items subject to change and availability – but the books are guaranteed, at least)

Invite your friends, come on out, and enjoy the Royals on the national stage. (21 and older). More information will be posted here: www.facebook.com/events/822763797838454/

Email your thoughts to kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com
Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
Follow the hosts at @KCRoyalman, @TheJeffReport, and @michaelengel

And visit Royalspodcast.com for all the latest shows by and for Royals fans.

WalkOff Talk Episode 37: Audra Gone Wild (Card)

Episode 37 brings you the first ever official Royals postseason edition of WalkOff Talk! Ben and Audra discuss postseason excitement, postseason joy, and postseason fever. The wild wildcard game, the possibilities in the upcoming ALDS, and more. POSTSEASON POSTSEASON POSTSEASON. The least sad these two have ever been on a show. Maybe. Enjoy! If we’re lucky, the next time you’ll hear us will be for an ALCS show.

WalkOff Talk Episode 22: Dear Lord(e)

In Episode 22, Ben and Audra finally – FINALLY! – get to cut their teeth on regular-season game analysis by dissecting the Royals’ Opening Day loss to the Detroit Tigers. Ben and Audra discuss whose fault it was, or whether it was anyone’s fault. Names that come up in the blame game discussion include: Ned Yost, Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Aaron Crow, Mike Moustakas, Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, and Salvador Perez. The middle segment contains a short bit of history on late Royal Dan Quisenberry. The final segment includes a discussion of pitching roles, more specifically the closer, and whether adherence to tradition is always the best strategy. Ancillary segments include: Who won Ben and Audra’s bet?, Are there spiders in Audra’s uterus?, and Is QuikTrip gasoline inferior quality?

WalkOff Talk: For The Love Of Salvy

In Episode 20 (NOT Episode 21, as Audra introduces it to begin with), things start off with a rather optimistic announcement of (hoped for) pending nuptials. The participants probably aren’t whom you think (unless you’re addicted to the @WalkOffTalk Twitter account and you already know). Ben and Audra bandy back and forth for far too long about the reality or fantasy of these supposed nuptials. If you’re here for the silliness, this week’s intro segment was recorded just for you. If you’re here for the baseball, though, don’t worry. There’s plenty of that too. Audra updates listeners on the progress of the two players she’s been watching all Spring Training, Mike Moustakas (looking pretty good), and Yordano Ventura (officially named to the Royals starting rotation as of this week!). Another short show this week. We’re just trying to get you through the dying days of Spring Training. One more podcast before real baseball begins. The show closes out with Audra sharing the new vocabulary word she learned this week.