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Royals manager Ned Yost recounts his phone call from President Obama

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost during Thursday’s season-ending news conference at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost during Thursday’s season-ending news conference at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Royals manager Ned Yost is glad he answered this call.

During Thursday’s news conference with Yost and Dayton Moore at Kauffman Stadium, Yost was asked about the call he received from President Obama after the Royals beat the Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the World Series in New York.

“I didn’t get much sleep that night after all the celebration,” Yost said. “I was sitting on the plane and the phone rang and it said no caller ID, and I thought, well, that’s Joe Torre, because every time we get a no caller ID on the phone, it’s Joe Torre. I’m thinking, ‘What does Joe Torre want?’ ”

Torre is Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Officer, but this obviously wasn’t Torre.

Yost answered and he recounted the rest: “Is this Ned Yost? I said, ‘Yes, it is.’ Can you hold and take a call from the President of the United States?’ I said, ‘Man, I … sure.’

“He called and was just so excited for Kansas City and for our organization, he loved the way we played. He thought that our team was a very exciting team to watch, and he could hardly wait to meet us all when we come to the White House.

“It was a four- or five-minute conversation, but that was very cool.”

When will that visit to the White House happen? I haven’t heard for sure, but the Royals have a three-game series in Baltimore May 6-8 with a day off after that.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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