Feb 25, 2021
Rush and George Brett
From the mid 1970s until the early 1990s … THE Most Popular/Beloved Human Being in Greater Kansas City was Kansas City Royals’ 3B George Brett.
With due respect to current Chiefs QB Patrick Mahones, I’d say #5 George is STILL The Most Beloved / Popular Guy in Kansas City.
That phrase… Every man wanted to Be Him … Every Woman wanted to Be With Him. That was George Brett.
So how did Mr Kansas City become best buddies with some schlub in the sales office with a funny name.
To understand this one you have to understand the pecking order reality of a professional sports organization.
There is The Locker Room or in Baseball – The Clubhouse. That’s where The Players hang out.
There is The Front Office … “Upstairs”. That’s where “the suits” hang out. The pencil pushers … the bean counters … the PR guys … the sales guys … etc.
The Players can go “upstairs” whenever they want to, But why would they ever want to?
The “suits” are NOT welcome in The Clubhouse. OK, maybe the Owner … The GM … one of the 2-3 Big Office guys.
Whenever “a suit” dares to come in The Clubhouse he “wants something”… an autographed ball or such to impress a girlfriend or something dumb like that.
In 1981-82 Rush Limbaugh and George Brett had nothing in common whatsoever except they parked in the same lot each day … with George’s parking place A LOT closer to the main gate than Rush’s.
Until the day George bought himself a whizbang super-duper stereo system … and no clue or care what a Woofer or a Tweeter was. He just wanted his stereo system up and running… NOW!
There’s this guy up in sales that used to be a radio disc jockey. He knows all about hooking up sound systems. … Mr Brett meet Mr Limbaugh.
Rush goes out to George’s house and has him wired up lickety split. “What do I owe you” George asks. – “Oh, nothing, glad to do it” – “Ya wanna autographed ball or one of my old gloves or …” – “No, really I’m just glad I could help you.”.
Rush Limbaugh “just glad he could help out…” Where have we heard THAT Vince Flynn?
And from that day on … George Brett – Mr Kansas City / Baseball SuperStar & Rush Limbaugh – National Icon-to-be / Radio Superstar began a friendship that lasts to this day.
George goes back and tells the rest of his team … and it IS “George Brett’s team”. Rush Limbaugh is My Good Friend.
And Frank White and John Wathan and Jamie Quirk and … and … all say Rush Limbaugh is Our Friend too.
That simply Does NOT Happen in Professional Sports.
For many years Rush would bring EIB-1 thru KC and pick up George and The Fellas for a week of golf in Hawaii.
I don’t know if RL was in Cooperstown for George’s HoF induction. Likely he was.
George Brett knows EVERYTHING about Baseball … EVERYTHING. George Brett don’t know Squat about “politics” or pretty much anything Rush might talk about on the radio … unless it was Baseball.
But he knew that his good friend Rush KNEW EVERYTHING about whatever he was talking about.
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