That team, like the Royals, went on a torrid stretch. The Brewers went 20-7 in August.
Yet Yost admits he didn’t enjoy that ride as much as he is now. Soon after that Brewers August surge, they lost four straight, which became seven of nine and then 11 of 14.
And Yost was fired.
"I always thought that our entire destiny in Milwaukee was on my shoulders," he said. "It wasn’t. It’s not. It’s just not. Once you realize that, it relieves a lot of stress."
Yost remembers all too well what caused the stress in Milwaukee.
"All of a sudden … boom … we stopped hitting," he recalls. "We had a five-game lead and then we stopped hitting.
"And we didn’t have the starting pitching or the bullpen we have here. So once we stopped hitting, the pitchers knew that if we got behind, it was over. We’d get behind 3-0 and that would be it. So the pitchers really felt the pressure.
"And three times we had leads going into the eighth inning during that bad stretch and blew them all. It was just everything. That was a young group going through it for the first time."
Yost was going through that tough stage for the first time as a manager, too, and admits he didn’t handle it well. He’s much more prepared, he says, this time around.