Does anytbody around these parts have the stones to take on David Glass?
Sure doesn’t look that way. With the Kansas City Royals locked into a neverending nosedive, you’d think the town’s top providers of news and sports would be all over the team’s owner to shape up or ship out. But funny thing, everybody’s too busy harvesting the team’s ad dollars to belly up to the tell-it-like-it-is bar.
Everybody who’s anybody, anyway.
Major media with the clout – but not the will – to begin the drum beat. of disatisfaction. The lack of that leadership at 18th and Grand, for example, renders the town largely voiceless and helps insure KC’s status quo as Mudville, USA. A state that will continue for years or until owner David Glass’s death or a financial reversal forcing him to sell the team.
Enter lifelong, dedicated baseball and Royals fan Andy Lewellen.…
"I mean, when the Yankees come to town there’s only maybe two Royals players that would even make the roster of their team," says the co-owner of The Well and Lew’s in Waldo.. "And neither one of them would be a starter."
So why go to the games then?
"I still go because they’re a Kansas City team and I know it’s important for the city to support our team," Lewellen says. "But I mean, we have not been competitive forever. I think the way the Royals draw now is unbelieveable for how bad they are."
Lewellen, you may recall, is the rascal who blew the lid off of the Royals "Buck Night" shrunken hot dog controversy two seasons back. After the team quietly switcherooed its fan-friendly franks for Sharpie-sized, teeny-weeny weenies.
Lewellen cried foul here on KC Confidential, sports talk radio ran with it and the Royals backed down and brought back the full size dogs.
Well, he’s about to cry foul again only this time the stakes are far higher…
Can the Royals ever field a successful baseball team while David Glass owns the team?
"No," Lewellen says emphatically. "And I would say it’s the Wal-Mart philosophy that’s destroying Kansas City baseball. I blame the Glass family 110 percent. David Glass has the money to sign 2 or 3 guys to turn this organization around and he just doesn’t want to do it. If he did that, we’d be like the Twins and we’d make the playoffs every two or four years. And that’s all Kansas City wants."