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Jeremy Guthrie wears ‘These O’s Ain’t Royal’ shirt to postgame presser (photo)

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let his t-shirt do a lot of the talking Tuesday night during his postgame press conference following a 2-1 Royals win that gave the team a 3-0 stranglehold on the ALCS.

After a nifty five-inning start where he gave up only three hits and one earned run — a run total the dominant Kansas City bullpen held by shutting down the Baltimore Orioles — Guthrie arrived at the podium rocking a shirt with a pretty damning and snarky assessment of the Orioles.

The shirt read, “These O’s Ain’t Royal,” a take on aline from the Chris Brown/Lil Wayne track, “Loyal.”

That’s delivering some serious t-shirt-based smack talk right there.

In a tweet for Throwback Thursday last week, the 35-year-old Guthrie acknowledged his five-year stint with the Orioles that preceded stops with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies before landing with the Royals in 2012 by posting a photograph of himself and presumably his son rocking Orioles gear along with the same message that adorned his t-shirt.

Guthrie, while erroneously assuming that it was all in good fun and no feelings would be hurt, nevertheless received some blowback on social media for the shirt, a development that prompted the pitcher to offer up an apology early Wednesday morning.

He probably should have seen it coming, but at least he apologized for it, something he didn’t necessarily have to do.

At the same time, it’s probably easy for Guthrie to be have such a carefree attitude and be willing to offer up conciliatory tweets expressing regret. Being one win away from a World Series berth allows for such a relaxed and easygoing demeanor.

The Royals go for the series sweep against the Orioles Wednesday afternoon in front of the hometown fans at Kauffman Stadium. Given the squad hasn’t dropped a game thus far this postseason, there’s no reason to suspect the team won’t close out the not-so-Royal-O’s and sweep their way to the World Series.

(top image via Twitter/Barry Grass)