The Lorde song “Royals” was inspired by . . . George Brett?!

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Remember last month when I (regrettably) linked that fan version of the Lorde song “Royals,” only with lyrics talking about how awesome being a St. Louis Cardinals fan was?  Man, that was the worst thing ever.

But not only was it awful, it wasn’t even the most valid baseball connection to that song from the state of Missouri! From Lisa Gutierrez of the Kansas City Star, who did some archive diving to find out what really did inspire the biggest hit of the year:

When the teen singer-songwriter sat down with VH1 a few weeks back to explain the song that mocks the luxe lifestyle of famous musicians, she revealed her inspiration: A photo of a Kansas City Royals baseball player . . . In that interview, Lorde explained how she “had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’

“It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

UPDATE! Reader @LBtross has found what appears to be the pic. It’s from National Geographic and, sadly, it’s not Billy Butler. It’s George Brett, surrounded by kids, signing autographs.

That’s OK, Country Breakfast. You will always be my queen bee:

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Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.