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P.R. 101: What Ned Yost should have said

08/27/2014 9:54 AM

08/27/2014 5:28 PM

So, you may have seen that Alex Gordon gave the Royals the win of the season (so far) last night, and then Ned Yost went on a misguided whine about Royals fans.

With very, very, VERY rare exceptions, it’s never a good idea for coaches or players to whine about fan support and that’s true for any number of reasons. They make a lot more money than the people they’re telling how to spend their money and time, just for starters. Also, in 2014 it’s quite possible to be a great, passionate fan without being at the game.

The list goes and on and on, of course, but the point for right now is that we don’t just criticize here at DKTM, we help. A first-place team should have more than 13,847 fans at a home game, but there’s a better way to make the point and a better way for a manager to stay in his lane.

Here, then, is the continuation of an occasional series we have called PR 101, in which we show people who’ve stepped in it a better way to step.

For Ned, last night, after Alex Gordon goes walk-off home run in front of a disappointing crowd:

“It doesn’t always happen like that, but when it does, man, it’s just so much fun. This is crazy, but right before the start of that inning I’m talking with Pedro about what we might do and the bat boy — this kid never says a word to any of us — turns around and says, ‘Esky’s getting a hit and Gordo’s taking him into the fountains.’ Can you believe that?

“I’m just so proud of Alex, so happy for him. He’s our guy, and he deserves a moment like that. He’s the kind of player you’re proud to manage, privileged to manage, and his attitude and hard work rubs off on everyone else, too. I’m so proud of our guys, they just never give up. That’s always the mark of a good team, and I think that’s our best quality.

“I’m also happy for our fans. They deserve a season like this. They deserve a moment like tonight. I know most of them were around long before I got here, and they’ve stuck with this team though a lot of tough times, and it’s just such a honor to be part of bringing them more good times. It’s part of why I wanted this job.

“The fans who came out tonight were great. It wasn’t a huge crowd, but I know tickets aren’t cheap, and it’s a Tuesday, it’s hot out, and people have to work and get their kids to school tomorrow so we appreciate everyone who comes out and supports us because it means a lot.

“I’m hopeful that as we continue to win, and continue to make this a season that we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives, we have more crowds like Monday than we did tonight because this is so much fun, and I want as many people as possible to feel that fun.”

There. Is that so hard?

To reach Sam Mellinger, call 816-234-4365 or send email to smellinger@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com.

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