UPDATED: (Audio) David Glass Storms Off During #FanFest Interview

During a weekend that could be the most important weekend in Kansas City Baseball history, David Glass suddenly has become the story.

While on with 610 Sports Danny Parkins at the Bartle Hall Fan Fest, Glass was being interviewed about the events surrounding All-Star Weekend here in Kansas City.  He was asked about the rumors of him selling the team and called those claims “stupid.”

When questions turned toward his ownership and fiscal management of the team, Glass set down his microphone and walked off the set.

In what could’ve (and should have) been the signature moment in Glass’s career, he pukes all over an interview – ON DAY ONE. Fans have had a hate-hate relationship with the Glass Family since the past decade of futility. This was an opportunity to change that. He brought us an All-Star Game. And on the second question of the day, he storms off pouting? Nice job, David. Were you not expecting the question? Maybe if you took more media requests, you wouldn’t be bombarded with these when people DO get a chance to talk with you.

Well… I happened to be rolling sound because of a pending article I’ll be writing (Hint #GlassMustGo) And caught the whole thing. Took a little longer than I thought to clean up. Below is a transcript and full audio.

UPDATE: 610 Sports has not podcasted this segment, but that’s why you have the Rambling Morons. Full Transcript is below. Full Audio is cleaned up and right here:

[mp3t track=”David Glass on 610 Sports@David-Glass-on-610-July-6-2012.mp3″ play=”David Glass July 6 at FanFest” stop=”Pause!”]


Parkins: Mr. Glass thank you for coming on the Danny Parkins show. How are you doing sir?

Glass: I’m seeing what’s going on here at Fan Fest. I’ve been waiting for this for a long

Parkins: I know you’ve been waiting for the All Star Game to come to Kansas City for a long time. Now
that it’s finally here how do you feel?

Glass: Well I’m really excited and I just want to relax now and enjoy it. There’s a lot of work that goes
into this, I haven’t done any of the work but our people have and Major League Baseball has and it’s
really worthwhile. What I’ve seen here at fan fest just this morning has been great.

Parkins: And what do you… This is the thing we’ve been asking everybody, when they come to Kansas
City what do you want them to take away from the experience of the All Star Game being here?

Glass: Well you know what it’s….. Kansas City…… I was just talking to the Major League Baseball officials
earlier this morning and they’re saying that the people here in Kansas City have put this thing together
better than any city they’ve been to in recent times. And I thinks that not only do the people in Kansas
City get the opportunity to enjoy these five days in a way that they haven’t been able to in the past but
the people all over the world will get exposed to Kansas City and see what we have here and it’s going to
be a big surprise to them because this is a great city and… and they are doing it the right way.

Parkins: Royal owner David Glass on the Danny Parkins show here at Fan Fest. When you say it’s going
to be a big surprise to them what do you mean?

Glass: Well Kansas City is sort of undiscovered as far as great cities in this country are concerned.
You know, everyone thinks about New York and Chicago and L.A. and we… but what we’ve got here,
although we don’t get a lot of exposure to the rest of the world it’s… it’s just outstanding.

Parkins: In terms of… I means it’s… it’s interesting that you say that and I guess this is the one of the
things that’s been rumored around here recently that we’ve got to ask you about. People are talking
about whether or not you are going to sell after this big event coming to town. (Glass laughing) It’s like
you have this game and then when it’s done then you will sell the team.

Glass: Yeah, that’s stupid. Uhh, I’ve never considered doing that and I would have no idea where that
came from.

Parkins: You would never consider selling the team?

Glass: No.

Parkins: What do you say to fans who would like you to sell the team?

Glass: Uhh, yeah, I’m sorry.

Parkins: Do you know where that comes from?

Glass: I don’t have a clue, I have no idea

Parkins: What do you say to fans that wish you spend more on payroll for this team?

Glass: Uhh, Well, in a market this size you can spend a certain amount on payroll. You… You’re never
going to be able to spend what the Yankees and the other big market teams can spend but our approach
from the very beginning has been that we’re not looking to make money with the franchise we simply
want to break even and if we have an if we have an opportunity to win we’ll step up and do whatever it
takes to… to help us take that extra step. But for the most part all the money that we can generate we’ll
spend on payroll and singing amateur players

Parkins: Would you be willing to operate a season at a loss in order to sign a big time….

Glass: We… We’ve done that before and I suppose we’d do it again.

Parkins: We’re talking with Royals owner David Glass here on the Danny Parkins show…. Putting the
microphone down? Oh… oh… alright. Thank you sir for coming on the show he just put the microphone
down and walked away.


  1. hzleyedgrl

    Wow…just wow!

  2. JS82

    C’mon Mr. Wal-Mart man…It can’t always be about low prices!

  3. Veronica

    The headline was bigger than the interview. Parkins would not stop asking questions related to selling the team when Glass already answered the question. At the end, sounds to me like Glass thought the interview was over when Parkins said ‘We’re talking to Royals owner…’ I don’t know why you’d consider this a ‘headline story’. It’s All-Star week. Stop trying to make drama over nothing and enjoy the week.

  4. hzleyedgrl

    I thought interviews ended when the the person is thanked for their time. It’s extremely common for a reporter to reiterate in an interview who they are speaking to and why. This was clearly a walk-off. Bad form!

  5. ccoffin

    Glass doesn’t break even every year, he makes a good profit. Royals have been one if the mist profitable teams in MLB over the past few seasons per Forbes.

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  7. Ty

    Parkins did keep repeating the question HOPING to squeeze some radio gold out of him…and got it. He wasn’t satisfied with a boring answer and therefore, kept pestering Glass until he got something. Don’t get me wrong, I hate Glass just as much as the next KC citizen, but I also can’t stand interviews that purposely tries to paint someone into a corner, and is somehow shocked when they walk away.

  8. Veronica Glass

    Veronica, why are you upset about an interviewer challenging a dodgy interviewee? Do you have an agenda versus truth?

  9. Bolivar Shagnasty

    From reading the transcript this sounds more like Danny Parkins trying to create a story than it does an actual story. There didn’t seem to be anything incendiary either about the questions or about Glass’ answers. I’m not a Glass apologist by any means but I suspect his thinking was this interview should be about FanFest and the ASG, not about Royals payroll.

  10. Brian Morse

    Glass needs to honor Mr. K’s legacy.

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  12. EMAW

    Really Ty, speaking from the side where we DON’T get to ask questions – I find pencil pushing media types never ask a single hard question and always throw softballs.

    I, for one, would not be interested in listening to any podcast, media or otherwise, if you were running an interview.

    Props to Danny for being more than a company man.

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    It was an unschedule interview walking away is no big deal….It was clear was trying to make a name for himself like his buddy Nick Wright so he could move onto bigger & better markets….this was a hachette job by Parkins

  15. linker

    lets face it, nobody listens to this show and this publicity stunt won’t change that.



  17. Sid

    Parkins was being a dick and trying to start a fight and stir up conterversy, no one else is talking about it except for 610 to try to get some pathetic attention. Sad

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  19. Rick in PV

    A reporter with some balls! Bravo, Parkins! I would love to ask it this way: You’re an old man, David Glass. Don’t you want to win in your lifetime? The position players are finally coming on. Why don’t you open up the bank vault and spend on some pitching?

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  22. Ty


    There’s a fine line between hitting hard questions and drilling the interviewee. Asking the hard questions is fine, but once an answer has been given (TWICE!), move on. The interviewee isn’t going to flop on his answer the third time he’s asked. I love the fact that Parkins asked the question…the first time. After that, he wanted controversy. I have interviewed MANY people, so I know firsthand about what to expect. Then again, journalism is no longer about getting the facts…it’s about creating a buzz to drive traffic your way (see: Cano in HR Derby), so in that context, he did a fantastic job.

  23. Richard

    There are some people with lots of money and have it in thier personalities to go to any lengths to make more at the expense of pretty much anything and anyone. So I am not surprised. Usually when people get ticked off on reasonable questions and throws a child tantrum its usually cause they know they are greedy and they know they are wrong and simply can’t respond face to face in a situation like that. No one should be suprised of David Glasses actions and lack of response to those questions. Pretty much a lack of class and character in my book. Take the heat guy, you have the money, so take the heat that goes with being super rich and greedy.

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  27. David Haggarg

    Mr Glass did NOT bring the All-Star game to KC, Kansas City Brought it!!!! Who fixed up the stadiums????? NOT THE TEAM OWNER!!!!!

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