Ned Yost, icon: “I walked in and the whole place went nuts”


Royals beat reporter Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has been providing great coverage of the team throughout the playoffs, and I particularly enjoyed this tidbit about what manager Ned Yost is doing while waiting for the World Series to start:

Ned Yost piloted his family toward the Capitol Grille on the Country Club Plaza. Awaiting him was a reception he had neither expected nor ever before experienced. Before Yost could dine on steak, lobster mac and cheese and French fries, he feasted on a wave of adulation. The reaction was immediate, intense and emblematic of the good feeling inspired by the team’s berth in the World Series. Once upon a time, Yost used a fake name at Starbucks to avoid recognition. Now he cannot dodge it.

“I walked in, and the whole place went nuts,” Yost said. “I mean, everybody came out of the bar, everybody came out of their seat in the dining area. We just couldn’t get past that desk there. We were high-fiving, hugging, taking pictures. It was a tremendous experience.”

But wait, there’s more: “The next morning he was on the phone with his close friend Jeff Foxworthy.”

What a world.