Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has come a long way from the guy that pundits used to ridicule. Now, he’s got beat writers tweeting about his super-human feats.
When I first saw these posts this morning on my twitter feed, I thought they were a joke. But, apparently, manager Ned Yost really did break bricks with his bare hands during a motivational speech this morning at Surprise.
I must confess, I certainly hope that Ned Yost never read about (or doesn’t remember) me calling him “the Village Idiot of Managers” in September of 2014. I sure as heck don’t want him breaking me during a motivational speech when I shoot down to Surprise in the next few days to check out the Kansas City Royals in spring training.
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I guess Ned Yost is pulling out all the stops to make sure the Kansas City Royals don’t get complacent after winning the World Series last season. What really impresses me about Yost’s little demonstration is that I presume he had to practice it before doing it in front of the team. I mean, really, would you like to try to break bricks in front of your team and fail?
That means Yost probably busted up bricks multiple times for a spring training stunt. I guess we now have a good idea what Yost does (besides deer hunting) when he’s hanging out with buddy Jeff Foxworthy during the off-season.
Talk about commitment. Yost is willing to suffer busted up knuckles and arms to inspire his team. Hyperbolic pundits often claim that players who love a manager are willing to “run through a brick wall for him”. Yost has shown he’ll bust the bricks for his players.
So, what’s next for Ned Yost? Will he leap tall buildings with a single bound? Will he sniff out foreign substances on opposing pitchers using his x-ray vision? Will he run faster than a speeding bullet from the dugout to berate an erring umpire? I guess we’ll have to just wait for the regular season.
How can Kansas City Royals fans not love that?