For Pete's Sake

Ned Yost is a bigger star in Branson than Jeff Foxworthy or Larry The Cable Guy

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and his wife Deborah before Monday’s premiere showing of “The 2015 World Series,”at the Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and his wife Deborah before Monday’s premiere showing of “The 2015 World Series,”at the Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Royals manager Ned Yost is dealing with a new phenomenon.

He’s a celebrity.

In fact, he’s even a bigger star than his friend comedian Jeff Foxworthy in some parts.

To wit: Yost joined Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy in Branson, Mo., for two shows they had after the World Series.

Yost recounted the trip at Monday’s premier for Major League Baseball’s movie about the 2015 World Series at the Kansas City Music Hall.

“We were sitting on a balcony and we looked out and Larry goes, ‘Look at all the people that are here,’ ” Yost said. “So Jeff walked over and they looked up and they go, ‘Hey, Jeff. Hey Larry.’ And I walked over, and and the place went nuts: ‘Hey Ned!!’ Larry The Cable Guy said, ‘You get the (heck) out of here right now. This is our show, what are you doing?’ But it was neat. A lot of people were excited.”

Yost said it was the first time he had been with Foxworthy and people were more excited to see him.

“At their end of their show,” Yost said, “they do a question and answer and a guy got up and asked what it was like to hunt with Ned Yost. Jeff goes, ‘Well wait a minute’ and he pulled me on stage. I got a standing ovation and the place went nuts. Yeah, it’s a little strange. It’s a little strange to be acknowledged everywhere you go.”

Yost received a huge cheer at the Music Hall from the sold-out crowd when he arrived carrying the World Series trophy.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

The MLB's "The 2015 World Series," movie, featuring the Kansas City Royals, premiered on Monday night at the Kansas City Music Hall to a sold-out audience. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

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