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Ned Yost says his players tried too hard in front of large crowds

Sep 1, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

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The Royals best win of the season came on Tuesday night. But because there were only 13,000 people there, Ned Yost took it upon himself to call out the fans for not showing up, saying that the Royals needed their support:

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? . . . We’re in a pennant race, yeah . . . there’s a real need for our fans to be a part of this. We had a great crowd last night, and I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t.”

So over the weekend, Royals fans came to Kaufman Stadium en masse, selling the place out. Here’s Yost last night:

“The crowds have been fantastic,” Yost said. “I think it’s got them juiced up. They want to really perform for them. And that never works. You’ve got to stay disciplined.”

Maybe Yost should just tell Royals fans the exact number of people he needs in the seats for his team to play at its best.


  1. Glenn - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Is Yost for real? I swear he is part of some elaborate prank on the sport of baseball.

  2. jkcalhoun - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    They’ve won all 5 home games they’ve played so far with crowds of between 21,099 and 21,615. Until they lose one of those, I think the good people of Kansas City know what they have to do.

  3. lyon810 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I think Yost should take a lesson from his players and try harder to be a better manager instead of a walking caricature of what a manager should be. He’s a joke and if his team is succeeding it’s in no way because of him.

  4. janessa31888 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    That wasn’t it at all, Ned. Your team ran up against the power of the Tribes rally ‘staches.

  5. paul621 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    The first comment was directed to the fans, the second to his team. I see no problem here–he asked fans to show up, then he told his team not to choke when fans show up. He even said “the crowds have been fantastic.”

  6. tribester - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Really? And here I thought the Tribe’s rally-staches were the source of the Royals’ losses.

  7. charlescub80 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    What an ass bag!

  8. keets55 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    The real ass-bag in all of this is the douche-bag Craig Calcaterra who doesn’t really have anything to write about. Instead of complimenting the good pitching of one team he has to rag on the manager of the other in a soap-opera-esque attempt to start something. Every team has its hot streaks and cold streaks(just take a look at what the A’s are doing now) with KC having played pretty well this year. That is apparently catching up to them.

    The Tribe on the other hand hasn’t been able to put anything together consistently all year. They may be about to start the strong run they had last season with the next four games vs. the Tigers going a long way to decide who may be the Division Champion

    • amaninwhite - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM


  9. sportsdrenched - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    After listening to Ned’s interactions with the media for a few seasons. I think he’s trolling and doesn’t really care all that much about what he says. Whatever it takes to get our of the presser as quickly as possible and on to something else.

    Which is fine if YOU and your team have a track record of success and making the playoffs in recent years.

    However, we’re talking about the Royals who have demonstrated to be crapstastic, not only in fielding a baseball team, but also in PR moves. Not only that Ned was fired during the last playoff run he was in.

    The Royals, and Ned still have much to prove. It might sell a few more tickets if Ned wasn’t such a jackwagon all the time.

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