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The “Killbillies” vs. the “Thump Monkeys”

Jan 23, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

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Because you always wanted to know how Ned Yost spends his offseason, Brett Frazee of the KC Star goes and visits the Royals manager at his offseason home in western Georgia.

Actually, you do want to know about this. You want to know that Yost lives in the same neighborhood as comedian Jeff Foxworthy and that the two of them go hunting all the time. And that when they do they name all the deer they kill, including one after Billy Butler, which should totally make Butler feel comfortable turning his back on Yost in the clubhouse.  Oh, and then there’s the part how J.D. Drew, Kevin Millwood and Jon Lester all live in the same neighborhood and go hunting with them too. They even have hunting teams and compete against one another. The teams are called “The Killbillies” and “The Thump Monkeys.”

Ballplayers: they’re just like you and me!

Also: dibs on “The Killbillies” as my fantasy team name this year.

  1. chacochicken - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Granny’s the original killbillie (the OK).

  2. crispybasil - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Poor Luke Scott :(

    • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      It’s not spear season.

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    You might be a Killbilly if you name the deer you just shot “Country Breakfast”

  4. yahmule - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Watching Ned Yost manage a game is way funnier than watching Jeff Foxworthy tell jokes.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Watching the Japanese slaughter dolphins is funnier than watching Jeff Foxworthy tell jokes.

    • skids003 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      You guys probably think Bill Maher is funny. Foxworthy is laughing at you all the way to the bank.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Neither of them are funny.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Profiting off the lowest common denominator isn’t something I’d take pride in.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    The same neighborhood as Jeff Foxworthy huh?

    That’s probably a pretty competitive neighborhood. Who has the most trailers littering their yard?

    • sportsdrenched - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      It’s probably a lot nicer than your neighborhood.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        I don’t doubt that.

      • yahmule - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        My neighborhood doesn’t have gutted deer carcasses hanging from the trees, so you’re wrong about that one, Roscoe.

  6. uwsptke - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    “If you’ve ever been in the bottom of the 9th inning, runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out and decide to send up Carlos Pena and George Kottaras (instead of Dyson and Escobar) back-to-back to make contact in order to drive in a run, you might be Ned Yost.”

  7. sportsdrenched - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I’m pretty sure I’d have a good time hanging out with Ned. I just don’t want him managing my favorite baseball team.

  8. kaladin69 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Hey Craig,
    Want to join my fantasy baseball league? You can name your team Killbillies if you want! What do you say? You want details?
    -Will

    • prospero63 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Hey you two, get a room…

      • yahmule - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I think Will is trying reel in some suckers. Craig would get eaten alive in any respectable roto league.

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