Sunday, April 22, 2012


Bob Davis dials back radio duty with K.C.


The Kansas University basketball team kept Busy Bob Davis, the voice with boundless energy and enthusiasm, working college basketball games longer than anybody expected. No complaints. Davis viewed it as a memorable bonus.

Making the adjustment to being not as busy during the summer presents a tougher challenge. Until this season, Davis called Kansas City Royals games daily. The hiring of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler has reduced Davis’ role to calling approximately 60 games, usually the ones Denny Matthews sits out.

“It’s been OK,” said Davis, 67. “I kind of miss it because I was kind of programmed that way. I’ll get back in the groove on this nine-game road trip.”

The Royals head into today’s finale of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium with an 0-9 home record and riding a 10-game losing streak.

After that, it’s off to Cleveland, Minnesota and Detroit.

“Three places I like to go,” Davis said. “Good ballparks. Good hotels.”

Davis worked the season-opening trip to Anaheim and Oakland. The final two pitches of that journey, both thrown by Jonathan Broxton onto the body of an A’s batter to cause a 5-4 loss, portended the disaster that has come to fruition. Those pitches started the losing streak that has shown it’s not quite the Royals’ time, after all. As always, Davis remains bullish on the bad ballclub.

“The Royals, some of their great teams have had bad starts,” Davis said. “Sure didn’t expect to have a 10-gamer, though.”

Davis reeled off some of the key injuries — to relievers Joakim Soria (elbow surgery, out for season) and Greg Holland (left rib stress reaction, could return in mid-May), catcher Salvador Perez (knee surgery, possibly back by All-Star break), center fielder Lorenzo Cain (groin, on injury rehabilitation assignment in Double A) as factors.

“They were pretty fortunate with injuries last year,” Davis said. “Not so fortunate starting out this year.”

Murphy’s Law rules the Royals these days, and for a club that doesn’t spend to win, lack of depth gets exposed in a hurry.

Broxton became the first big-league pitcher in 46 years to end a game with back-to-back hit-batsmen in Oakland. On Friday, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer became the club’s first player in 33 years to hit into a triple play.

“It looked like it was headed for the right-field corner, and it’s a triple play,” Davis said. “You know you’re not going good when things like that happen.”

Strange, strange things are taking place with the Royals. Oh well, at least Royals fans can take heart that a familiar voice will spill out of their car radios on the upcoming trip.

Listening to Bob Davis on a daily basis must be a difficult habit to break.


Jim Stauffer 1 year, 11 months ago

When did Glass become a billionaire? And the difference in the value of the Royals and the Cards makes the Cards owner much wealthier than Glass.


jayhawkinnc 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm with you, HAWKS1. I posted my disapproval of Bob Davis earlier today, but my post was later removed by the people.


Janet Scott 1 year, 11 months ago

Can KU grad Samantha Ryan do radio? Whether yes or no, she should be Bob's replacement.


HAWKS1 1 year, 11 months ago

I haven't cared for Bob Davis for a looonng time. Especially his football broadcasts. If you walk into a room and the radio is on, it's hard to tell who has the ball by his level of excitement. He gets just as excited, if not even more excited, when the opponent makes a good play as when KU does. As much as I dislike KSUcks, I would take Wyatt Thompson any day over Davis! (Kevin Harlan would be the absolute best choice if we could have anyone we wanted imho)

Mitch Holthus has to be the WORST announcer in the NFL. (Although, the SD Chargers announcer is pretty darn poor also.) Sounds like a backwoods hick with his dumb little sayings. He is the master of the obvious in his analysis and over-estimates his knowledge of the game. Len Dawson must have nearly chewed his tongue off by now biting it when Holthus makes one of his stupid comments. Is announcing sort of like teaching? Once you get hired and get a few years in you gain tenure and you're there until you decide to retire?

Davis and Holthus can both BE retired as far as I'm concerned.


jayhawkinnc 1 year, 11 months ago

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gotmylimitofjhawks 1 year, 11 months ago

So this is one of those good news/bad news scenarios...less Bob Davis, but it's still the R0-10yals...


riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

"St.Louis has a millionaire who is willing to spend money."

Tell that to Albert Pujols.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, all you Royal fans, at least you have the 1985 World Championship win over the St.Louis Cardinals to smile about.

Since then, all we Cardinal fans have is 11 playoff seasons, 3 National League pennants and 2 World Championships to ease our pain.

The difference between the two teams??

St.Louis has a millionaire who is willing to spend money. Kansas City has a billionaire who isn't.


bville_hawk 1 year, 11 months ago

The Royals will never be successful (IMHO) as long as David Glass owns the team. The "Wal-Mart Way" is not a winning business plan for a professional sports franchise. Anyone who saw Glass on 60 Minutes years ago when they were asking him about the "Made in America" signs on the displays full of clothing made in Asia knows he is dishonest or an incredible rube. You don't get to be CEO by being an incredible rube. The "Wal-Mart Way" is to fool people and screw people. Glass can't fool and screw the players because of their agents, so the only option is to fool and screw the fans.


tpatt 1 year, 11 months ago

Rex Hudler is awful, I wish that the Royals would let him go, I don't care if they hire Frank White back or not, anybody would be better than that guy.


blindrabbit 1 year, 11 months ago

swunruhawk: Like Bob as well on televised KU BB games, but gave up years ago when I decided I didn't want to watch two games at the same time. Those delays are a killer when trying to keep up with the flow!


jhox 1 year, 11 months ago

KC's problem is we have 2 owners who are the least competitive billionaires on the planet. It's all about making money and if they win that's just icing on the cake.

Why can't we have owners who hate to lose and will spend the money necessary to assure that happens? Until fans start boycotting and stop buying tickets, expect more of the same.


swunruhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Bob Davis does a fantastic job on the radio. We always tune in his call of KU basketball and turn the TV sound off. I have missed his voice during the current Royals' homestand.Thanks for the update. I am glad it's not because he's not healthy.


akgjenkintown 1 year, 11 months ago

Sad that the Royals can't put a winner team on to the field. It has been too long since there was a reason to follow the Royals into August. Now with this start, it is hard to follow them through April.


Dillon Davis 1 year, 12 months ago

Haven't seen too many more of those "This is Our Time" commercials recently. I wonder why...


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