If he needed a reminder that the Royals are locked in and not feeling fat and happy about their American League championship, manager Ned Yost got one earlier this week. It dealt directly with being fat and, if you like cheeseburgers, happy.
Lunch for some of the coaches on Wednesday came from Jack In The Box, and there were a few Ultimate Cheeseburgers left over. Yost stuck his head in the clubhouse and offered them up to his players.
“They looked at me like I was nuts,” Yost said.
Three of the closest lockers to the manager’s office belong to Eric Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. They all threw up a “eating healthy” sign.
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Yost called it a small gesture but a significant one and maybe one he wouldn’t have seen a couple of years ago.
But losing by one in seventh game of the World Series can create a more queasy feeling in the gut than a cheeseburger.
“Everyone in that room is proud of what they accomplished last year, but none of them are satisfied with what they accomplished,” Yost said.
From his days as a Braves assistant during the club’s playoff run in the 1990s, Yost remembered the empty feeling when a postseason round did not include Atlanta, which reached the playoffs in every full season from 1991-2005. Yost was there through 2002, and the team made five World Series appearances.
“When you didn’t (advance) you couldn’t watch the playoffs or World Series,” Yost said. “Once you’ve gotten there, you never not want to go there again.”