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13 July 2006
  Nice Guy Finishes First 
... with a Last Place Team

Toby CookLife-long Lutheran Toby Cook, currently a morning anchor with Fox affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City, was named the Vice-president of Public Relations for the Kansas City Royals. It looks like the Boys in Blue are continuing to try shedding a whole bunch of negative images, both on- and off-field, brought about by years of elevating (lowering?) losing to an art form, operating a seemingly directionless front office, and then capping things off by jerking the credentials of two reporters because of harsh questions asked during a recent news conference announcing the hire of new GM Dayton Moore.

Why does this matter to me? Well, the Royals are one of the teams for which I cheer the loudest — when they give me reason to cheer at all. And while he's not in my "inner circle" of dear friends, I've known Toby since he was still in school in Independence, Kansas — and he's a blood relative to the the inner circle. He's been active in church and community for years and helped Lutheran Hour Ministries teach media relations to Lutheran congregations in Kansas and Missouri.

Toby is truly also "nice guy" cited in this post's title. That won't, however, stop him from doing what's right, even if he might have to stand up to either his bosses or to local media. His years in local television as reporter and anchor should provide positive visibility for the team as he oversees the Royal's community and charitable activities.

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