Tag Archives: Brandon Leftridge

Leftridge: Oh, Hey– The Royals Are in First Place

Just last week I wrote a rambling, stat-filled post about the Kansas City Royals’ chances of making the postseason for the first time since Rutherford B. Hayes was the president of these United States. At that time, they were still … Continue reading

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Leftridge: With 49 Games Remaining, Can the Royals Really Do It?

After finishing a sweep of the Diamondbacks last night in Arizona, the Kansas City Royals are now two-and-a-half games back of the division leading Detroit Tigers and have a half-game lead over the Yankees, the Mariners and the Blue Jays for … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Unremarkable Season Continues with Unremarkable Trade Deadline

The Oakland Athletics have the best record in baseball. As of tonight, they are 66-41 with an unearthly run differential of +162. They are a team composed of mostly unknown individuals, an unbelievable testament to their scouting and development. They … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Quick, Cheap Family Vacation Ideas

We’re approaching August which means a few things. It means that everyone’s attention is quickly being directed to the Chiefs and their pre-preseason activities and the Royals are once again becoming a sad footnote. It means that the heat is … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Crap for Sale on Craigslist, Back to School Edition

Believe it or not, it’s almost back-to-school-time, a magical epoch at which parents are freed from the shackles of their godforsaken heathens and once again, almost fully functional people. Gone are the days of expensive summer sitters and Vacation Bible … Continue reading

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Leftridge: The Pointlessness of NFL Training Camp Reporting

Ah, Training Camp. Are there any two words in the English language more apt to illicit sexual squeals from NFL beat writers across the land? (Perhaps “free sandwiches,” but my point stands.) It’s clear that we’re firmly in late July … Continue reading

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Leftridge: TV Time: The Strain is the Worst Thing I’ve Ever Seen

If you were considering watching FX’s new original series The Strain, I’ve got some advice: DROP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND DON’T WATCH IT, EVER. It’s just… terrible. See, I had reasonably high hopes, I guess. FX has a pretty good … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Will the Royals Blow the Trade Deadline by Pretending to be Contenders?

Because it is mid-to-late July, I am obligated by the Internet Sportswriter Code to talk about whether my city’s baseball team should be A) buyers, B) sellers, or C) do nothingers as the league’s trade deadline approaches. The Royals are … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals May be Faltering, but Hey, They’ve Got Three All Stars

Look, we all know that the Major League Baseball All Star Game is a TOTAL waste of time. It’s usually boring and nobody plays hard and, despite the recent-ish rule that the winning side secures home field advantage for their … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Happy 4th, Unless Obama Has His Way

The hardest part about celebrating America’s Independence Day isn’t grilling the perfect hamburger, or selecting an appropriate array of beers to wow your guests. It’s not trying to keep your dog from nervous-urinating all over your carpet at the sound … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals’ Midseason Awards 2014, Ridiculousness Edition

Midway through the 2014 baseball season, the Kansas City Royals find themselves a frustratingly average team, ensconced firmly in second place of the American League Central. Okay, it’s not the exact midway point in the season yet, but we’re close … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals Headed to World Series, Clearly

It’s sad that it feels like the Kansas City Royals just won the World Series, but it is what it is. When fans—and the organization as a whole—have been so beaten and battered with perpetual disappointment, sole possession of first … Continue reading

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Leftridge: History’s Greatest Fathers

There’s a poignant moment in John Singleton’s classic 1992 film Boyz n the Hood where the main protagonist Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr., only before he’s being played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sitting by the ocean, fishing with his father, … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Draft Happens, Royals Draft a Player

Because the Kansas City Royals didn’t absolutely suck at everything last year, the were sullied with the 17th pick in this year’s draft. And with that pick, they selected left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan from TCU. Finnegan—a diminutive man who was … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals May Recap (aka Here We Blow Again)

There is, perhaps, no play more emblematic of the Kansas City Royals’ May—and maybe of the Kansas City Royals last 30 or so years, actually—than DH (the “D” is for “doughy!) Billy Butler getting thrown out at first on a … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Craigslist Crap, Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day is finally here… Can you believe it’s been a year already? It seems like only yesterday we were all going to the cemetery and paying respect to our fine nation’s departed service people. Well, those of us who … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Moustakas Needs Help and Moore Blows Goats

Mike Moustakas is not good right now. He hasn’t been good this whole season, and frankly, he wasn’t very good last season, either. In fact, statistically speaking, he is one of the worst everyday hitters in the Major Leagues. Oh … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Well, it’s the NFL Draft, or Whatever

I officially don’t give a shit about the NFL Draft. Maybe it’s the fact that it now seems to be a month-long process teeming with pre-draft shows leading up to the actual event. Video vignettes about how a 400-pound orphan … Continue reading

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Leftridge: April Royals Recap: The Kids Are Alright

The Royals’ month of April was almost exactly how I would have scripted it, if someone came along and asked me to script how this season would start. (And yes, I understand that, much like the hypothetical situation of someone … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Chiefs Release Schedule, Could Go…All…The…Way!

Shortly after Easter—when Christ was risen from a grave-cave with a giant boulder in front of it?—the true Holy Day for football fans occurred: Commissioner Roger Goodell descended from Mount Lombardi and shone unto his Zubaz’d believers the 2014 NFL … Continue reading

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