Most Royals fans who are up on their team history know that Missouri native son Rush Limbaugh worked for the team in the early 1980s. That, of course, was before he became the nation's leading right-wing radio blowhard. Today on his show, Rush chatted about how he spent this weekend in Kansas City, visiting with pal George Brett for the latter's birthday.
Rush told his millions of listeners that he hadn't visited the Royals clubhouse (which he calls the locker room) in decades. And, boy, was he impressed at how good today's ballplayers have it! "There is a full-fledged restaurant in the locker room! If the starting pitcher wants a burger and fries or a cheese omelet 10 minutes before the first pitch, he can get it," he gushed, according to the show's transcript.
"Back when I worked there, they had a couple of beer taps or beer kegs that were locked until after the game and a little cheese-and-cracker spread beforehand, and maybe they catered a meal after a game if the team was leaving on a road trip," Rush continued.
He went on to gab about how there are "computers and televisions and full-time masseuses and so forth." In summary, he says modern ballparks aren't the way they were back when he was hanging around. "It's just mind-boggling to me the way the game has changed," Limbaugh said. Omelets and massages??! Are you kidding me?? What a world!
He also does not care for the citywide smoking ban at bars and restaurants. He complained that while at a restaurant on the Plaza, he went to a patio to smoke a cigar. "But, I mean, it was Sardine City. I couldn't have moved in there if I'da [folksy sic] wanted to. So I stayed in this one place," he griped. But then he ran into Brett's brother on the patio, so it was cool. He called his little trip to Kansas City a "tremendous amount of fun."
With a Kansas City endorsement like that, who needs Frommer's?