Suddenly, Royals fans are digging Ned Yost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When third baseman Mike Moustakas zipped a bullet across the diamond to Eric Hosmer for the final out of the American League Championship Series, Royals skipper Ned Yost leaped higher than he thought he could ever leap.

"I didn’t remember doing that until I saw it on TV last night," Yost said Thursday, a day after his Royals clinched a spot in the World Series.

"I’ve never jumped that high before. I guarantee it. The only thing I really remember before that is my leg was shaking so bad in that final inning that I sort of had to stand back on it instead of having one leg up on a step like I normally do."

After his leap, Yost embraced his coaching staff and then listened to the roars of the crowd as he took the stage for the ALCS trophy presentation.

"I didn’t think it could get any louder than the Wild Card Game," he said. "But it was louder during (the ceremony)."

There was another pleasant surprise for Yost after he finally left the stadium around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

"I had my family here, so I asked if they were hungry and they said, ‘Yeah,’" Yost said, "so we went to The Capital Grille (on the Country Club Plaza) and that was just an amazing experience.

"My family walked in the place first and then I walked in and the whole place just went nuts. The people came out of the bar and they got up out of their seats in the dining area and they crowded around us. We couldn’t get past the desk there. We were just hugging and high-fiving and taking pictures.

"It was a tremendous experience and something I’ve never experienced in my life."

So, did Yost ever get to his table for a meal?

"Oh, yeah, had steak and lobster and fries," he said, "and then we did a few toasts. Very fun."

From roasted in the regular season to toasted in the postseason.

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