A quick check of the Kansas City Star…
When baseball buff Craig Glazer told me he hadn’t read Sam Mellinger‘s front page interview with Royals owner David Glass Sunday, I figured he probably wasn’t alone. And while I’m bullish on Mellinger, I think the story could have been reduced to a tiny fraction of its size.
Here’s why. Because who really cares about the minutia Mellinger had to wade through just to get the interview?
That’s just the way the sports journalism game has to be played with an out-of-town owner getting along just fine who doesn’t really give a rat’s ass what folks here think of him. As long as it’s nothing wildly embarrassing, that is. I mean, think about it. What sort of a presence does Glass really have in this town?
Heck, his son Dan Glass – the team prez – is a nice enough dude, but who knows or hears much of anything about him? And he lives here.
A former Star publisher once described Dan Glass to me as "nebbish."
I didn’t really need to look it up to understand what he meant, but I did. And here’s what it means; "a pitifully ineffectual, luckless and timid person."
That’s the kinda guy leading the charge for the lowest paid team in Major League Baseball?
So back to the interview; here’s all you really need to know: "David Glass is cheap. And greedy." That’s how it starts.
"He’s viewed by many Royals fans as the team’s absentee owner, satisfied with banking profits from Major League Baseball’s growing revenue-sharing program even while overseeing the game’s worst franchise."
The rest you can live without.
I would remind that Glass made Sports Illustrated’s Five Worst Owners list the season before last.
Scary Guy Alert
See the pic of Bob Dole in the the WWII Memorial story on the front page today?
Oh my gosh, how scary does he look?
Lon Chaney Sr. in the original Phantom of the Opera scary – that’s how scary. Hey, everybody gets older – and Dole’s pushing 88 – but that "just dug up" look he’s sporting looks like the product of way too many facelifts. Just saying…
Nebraska Furniture Mart & Reverse Psychology
Speaking of elderly, how old does Nebraska Furniture Mart think Star readers are? The NFM’s massive "Senior Discount Days" ad offers a "senior discount price" to folks who can prove they’re at least 55.
Hold it…55 and you’re a senior?
Most of the defs I find describe seniors as "elderly" or of "advanced age" and usually 65 and up. And if you buy into the "50 is the new 40" thinking, how many Boomers are going to race out to KCK, flash their IDs & declare themselves oldsters?
Blonde Ambition Update
Anybody else notice Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill working her old black media magic on the Star‘s newsies?
McCaskill took a major league PR hit recently for owing more than $300,000 in back property taxes on her private plane. Naturally, she blamed it on her husband, telling the media she told him to "sell the damn plane" and wouldn’t set foot on it again.
Flash forward to Monday’s front pager with the generous headline, "Senator’s air travel actually cost less." According to records "reviewed" – as in fed – to the Star. Never underestimate the power of a McCaskill press schmooze in KC.
I found something funner…a phony Craig’s List ad that popped up after McCaskill’s tax bust.
"This damn Plane – $287,000" it begins. "Trying to get rid of this shit bird pain in the ass. Husband flew me around in this POS and we got some good life and laughs out of it at someone else’s expense, before he stopped paying taxes on this migraine on wheels. How an accountant forgets that you have to pay personal property taxes on airplanes is beyond me, but if you want to avoid sitting back with the peons in coach, this is the deal for you."