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Kevin Appier is awesome

Feb 22, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

A kid sent a baseball card to Kevin Appier 15 years ago hoping for an autograph. He never heard back.  Last week the card was sent back to his parents house with Appier’s autograph on it. My first impulse was that, not unlike Ringo Starr and Marge Simpson,* Appier simply had mountains and mountains of fan letters to get through and was methodically working through them all these years. Turns out that to be less glamorous than that: the card was sitting somewhere in the Royals’ offices all this time and it was just recently forwarded to Appier, who promptly signed it and sent it back to its owner.

This story confirms two things we’ve always known:  the Royals are kind of a mess, organizationally speaking, and Kevin Appier is pretty much awesome.

*Sadly, Ringo is no longer as awesome as Appier is.

(thanks to Ron Rollins for the link)

  1. TrampsLikeUs - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Ringo was NEVER awesome…just really really lucky. And cool. Very cool. But not awesome.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Ringo’s only problem is that with a five day growth of stubble he looks like Yasser Arafat. Otherwise, awesome. I grant you that as a drummer he couldn’t shine Mickey Hart’s flipflops but you gotta watch the reruns of Shining Time Station to get at the true essence of the man.

  3. CorrieWis - Feb 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Ringo was, and still is, one of the nicest of the nice. One hissy fit out of 47 years in the public eye is probably a record. Everyone who has ever worked with him thinks he’s grand. The gorgeous Barbara still adores him after 30 years together. And as a drummer he more than makes up for lack of technique by being — far and away — the most instinctively musical and creative drummer who ever lived. And, BTW, if you “bought” the story of him making an old woman cry by refusing her an autograph, shame on you. It didn’t happen. There are photos taken of him that same day which prove he was cheerfully signing autographs. His critics are far more snotty than they accuse him of being. Love you, Ringo.

  4. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Sorry, didn’t know this was the Ringo Starr fan site, I was actually looking for Paul McCartneys SITE. :)

  5. IdahoMariner - Feb 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Ringo could have just said “hey, I’m 68. Any of YOU want to sign all this crap and write letters all day when you’re 68? Or do you want to go out and live like a rock star instead? See ya.” That’d be fine. I’ve always been neutral on Ringo (he’s amusing, great drummer, but never made me scream like a teenage girl), but he’s allowed to just be done. Not that I think you are actually bagging on him, Craig. More that it strikes me that he should be allowed to just quit someday.

  6. Charles Gates - Feb 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Ringo is an anagram for ‘groin.’ It’s not relevant. Perhaps not even amusing. Oh well.

  7. Joey B - Feb 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    I guess KC catching up on mail from 15 years ago accounts for Moore’s lack of interest in OPS and defense. He’s probably still working from the 1995 models and metrics.

  8. Daniel - Feb 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    This probably explains why that George Brett card I sent in 18 years ago never got signed. I’ll be expecting that any day now.

  9. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Paul McCartney is dead. Any idiot knows that already. If you play John Coltrane and the Africa Brass backwards very slowly, you can hear it stated clearly.

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