Rich Gannon ruined it for everyone whos come up since. You either remember Gannons time with the Chiefs, or youve heard the stories, the cries, the complaints, the I-told-you-sos.
Gannon was the promising backup quarterback, Elvis Grbac the frustrating starter. The Chiefs chose Grbac. They havent won a playoff game since, and Gannon went on to a league MVP and AFC championship with the Raiders the RAIDERS!
The people in Kansas City never forget. Over the years, Kansas City has screamed for Calvin Pickering, Kila Kaaihue^, Tylers Palko and Thigpen^^, Damon Huard, Johnny Giavotella^^^, Justin Huber, and so many others.
^ I was right there with you guys on him. Damn.
^^ Dont run away from it now.
^^^ This one shouldnt be in the past tense.
Backups and minor leaguers are popular in every city, but Ive always thought the passion comes out a little stronger here, and you can trace it back to fans being dead right and the Chiefs being dead wrong about Gannon. I mean, for crying out loud, Kansas City begged and cheered for Brady Quinns mediocre self last year. Some even wanted Ricky Stanzi. Or Alex Tanney.
We bring all this up because Jarrod Dyson is headed to the disabled list^, David Lough is replacing him on the roster, and Royals fans likely to lose their minds screaming for Lough to play.
^ The injury, of course, was seemingly pulled straight from the franchises worst years. Dyson going to the DL climbing the wall after a ball he had NO chance to catch is right there with Kerry Robinson climbing the wall for a ball that bounced in front of him, Ken Harveys fight with the tarp, Mike Sweeney hurting his back on a bunt, really, a whole mess of things.
Anyway, Lough will join the Royals in Oakland for tonights game. He hits left-handed (throws left, too, so please no can he play second base? questions) and is raking against Pacific Coast League pitching: .340 with a .393 on-base and .477 slugging percentage.
Jeff Francoeur, meanwhile, is so far one of the worst hitters in baseball: .221/.258/.311. Those numbers are especially atrocious against right-handed pitching: .207/.242/.299.
In the last week or two, Ned Yost has operated a sort of non-platoon platoon in his outfield, with Dyson playing against right-handed pitching and Frenchy against left, and Yost bristling the whole time that its not a platoon.
Frenchys struggles its worth noting hes been bad against left-handed pitching, too: .257/.297/.343, though his career numbers are better than that and Loughs potential mean the Royals would be silly not to take a look.
Lough struggled in his callup last year, hitting just .237/.292/.305, but the Royals owe it to themselves to see what they have here. With Wil Myers gone hes struggling in Triple A for the Rays, by the way Lough is by far the Royals best young option right now. Francoeurs contract is up after this year. Lough is poised to be not only the right fielder of the future, but the best option for right now.
The Royals need to find out if they have their own Rich Gannon here.