Monthly Archives: June 2015

Ned Yost getting smarter with better players


JUNE 2015 – David Smale, a superb writer and a contributor to this magazine, arrived at the Kauffman Stadium press box about an hour before the May 24 game and asked jokingly if it was too early to apply for Kansas City Royals postseason media credentials.

At the time, the Royals were 28-14, the best start after 42 games in franchise history. The Royals were on pace to win 108 games at the quarter pole. They looked like they would run away with the division, like Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.

PGA preparing to live without dominant Tiger Woods


JUNE 2015 – A while back I wrote about how the PGA truly needed Tiger Woods. From the endorsements, to the attendance, to the national coverage, to the television contracts and ratings, most know the PGA must prepare for life without Tiger.

PGA commissioner Tim Finchem has made claim after claim the tour will continue to prosper even though it’s No. 1 hero/villain continues to struggle and no longer wears the mantle of the world’s best golfer.

$300 million Gateway Village Sports Complex coming to Grandview


JUNE 2015 – The Kansas City area continues to grow its reputation as a soccer hotbed with the May announcement of the Gateway Village development project.

The 230-acre, $300 million project off 150 Highway in southern Grandview is centered on soccer fields and will include 42 homes and 300 upscale apartments, along with restaurants, retail, recreation and two hotels.

It may be Summer, but KC Ice Center is hosting clinics, camps


JUNE 2015 – Beginning July 6, the KC Ice Center will be swarming with kids learning how to develop hockey skills. Every aspect of the game will be refined in the four-day clinics that have two hours of ice time with an hour of off-ice training.

Are you golf ready? A comprehensive approach to getting results


JUNE 2015 – Do you suffer common faults during your golf swing?  End your frustrations once and for all.  Equipment technology, sport technique and your body are all opportunities to change your game.

I often encounter individuals that have invested a fortune on golf lessons, new clubs, and the latest trend in swing analysis yet failed to achieve their desired performance results.

Many of these individuals failed to work on the one piece of the puzzle that they have full control over, their body.

Kendrys Morales goes from raft to Royals’ slugger


JUNE 2015 – Some take the fast track to the big leagues, like Yordano “Ace” Ventura and Eric Hosmer, who make their Kansas City Royals debuts at age 21.

Others, like Paulo Orlando (nine years) and Yohan Pino (11 years) trek through the minors for seemingly a baseball eternity before ever trying on a major league jersey.

Kendrys Morales took a more arduous and dangerous path to reach the majors. It included a dozen raft trips and jail time. Morales is from Cuba and communist dictator Fidel Castro prefers his baseball players to remain on the island, not defect to the United States.

Is golf more mental or physical?


JUNE 2015 – Although I played baseball on a professional level for more than 16 seasons, I sometimes wish I had played professional golf.  Both sports are difficult to master and a very small percentage of men and women are able to make their living at either sport.

Ironhorse golf club celebrating 20 years


JUNE 2015 – In 1995, the Internet entered mainstream public consciousness. That year, the United States government stopped funding it with public money. America Online and Prodigy released browsers to offer easy access to the World Wide Web for the general public.

More significantly, on July 1, 1995, Ironhorse Golf Course opened.

Both entities are still going strong.

Prairie Band and Firekeeper make a winning hand


JUNE 2014 – It is a combination that is hard to beat. The Prairie Band Casino & Resort offers everything you’d want for a Kansas weekend getaway.

It is 15 minutes north of Topeka on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation reservation. Prairie Band offers casino gaming, prestigious hotel accommodations, high-quality dining options, a convention and entertainment venue, and the state’s top-rated golf course, Firekeeper.