The manager of KC Royals, Ned Yost, forgets the past, the bright eyes of the future

Never fixed on the present, Ned Yost does not dwell on his near-death experience before last season, when he fell about 20 feet from a tree in an abnormal accident.

So when the moment creeps into sleep and Yost hears it ssssst sound that preceded the dive that left him with a broken basin and internal bleeding and being helicopted by traumatizing doctors who saved his life, he confines himself to saying to himself, "OK, enough", to reproach him from his mind.

To put it further behind, he also thought it was worth having his son, also named Ned, who cut his seatbelts – which they had failed – on the tree on his Georgia farm.

"& # 39; No, & # 39;" he said, as if he were talking directly to the equipment, "you will not sit there and remember me every day".

This embodies a mentality that focuses forward, not backward, and is constantly scanning to perceive everything in a positive frame.

It might not always come out as Norman Vincent Peale with the battered facade he uses with the media, for example, but the truth is that almost all of this is the joy of a happy man with a noticeable sense of humor.

As it flashed on Friday, when he deflected questions about position players until they reported next week and said that now is the time to "celebrate the relationship between launcher and catcher". Asked as best we could celebrate, he said: "I mean, you" do not look at other women on Valentine's Day, do you? … Focus on what we have here. Have fun. They are here. Celebrate it. "

Spoken by a man who celebrates his fortune to have all he ever wanted in life and says he's more excited than he has been for years – something that seems to say with sincerity every year – to run a Royals team that's went 58-104 last year.

Among the returnees who have finished the season 20-14 and additions like Billy Hamilton, Yost can only see the ingredients of a group that "will take the light bulb from a 60 (watt) to a 90 then to 150. It will only keep becoming brighter, brighter and brighter. "

And he wanted to be there for that, even if he turns 65 in this tenth season by directing the Royals.

With two American League titles and a World Series championship and the distinction of being the most successful manager in the club's history in his résumé, he could have said that it's already enough after the horrible clash.

After all, he might have found it preferable to stay home in Georgia now and continue to bask in the joy of his four nephews – from 5 years to six months – who took him to the offseason.

Consider only the time spent with the elder of the group, Jordan: "He's one of those Tasmanian devils, he hits the ground and he's gone," Yost said, laughing. "" Let's go fishing, let's go look for the arrowheads, go to the barn and get a Coke. "

Yost, who proudly shared photos and videos of them on his Ipad, said his feet are still hurt by walking "28 or 29 miles" to Disneyworld a few weeks ago. But his body clock still kicked in.

"The best way to explain it is that I had all the fun I could endure," he said, smiling and adding, "You know how you get it, and then you're ready to go on?"

Another great love of his life: baseball and the process of care and construction.

"People might think I'm crazy, but it's because I love working with (general manager Dayton Moore)," he said. "It's because I love working with my coaches, because I love working with these players. …

"I love being with these guys, I love relationships I like to see them grow."

So much so that, as in Moore, he will tell you "I am more interested in the people of our team than in the victory".

But do not stop at that bite. The point is that investing in players' lives is rewarding in itself and the best way to get the most from them – and it was the most essential and effective part of Yost's work.

And it helps to explain why, for example, Yost has bred the former not signed Royal Mike Moustakas.

"He has a special place in my heart," he said. "But I'm upset in my spirit now because it's not (signed) .Why should I be? I do not know, because I'm invested.You know what I'm saying?"

He also came back because Moore continues to experience the same kind of shared travel and trust in Yost, well symbolized when they shared after the Royals defeated the Mets at CitiField in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.

With the champagne crackling and flowing in the clubhouse, Yost retired to his office and dropped into his chair. Moore joined him soon, and for several moments sat in silence looking at one another.

"It was all the celebration I needed," Yost said. "We did something special together, and we did it our way".

Partly because Yost was willing to change some of his ways.

Even with the Royals improving every year from 2010 to 2013, from 67 victories to 86, his strategies have often been criticized and, at times, his old-school ways did not seem to connect with some young players.

It proved to be right with such maneuvers, such as continuing to play the young Alcides Escobar, the best-selling, to trigger the pump for the future, as stated by Escobar who was named MVP of the American League Championship Series 2015.

But the Royals still believed they needed more support around him, and initially it was inconvenient for Yost, who was fired by Milwaukee at the end of 2008.

When Moore's special adviser Donnie Williams approached him after the 2013 season and suggested he need a good bench coach, Yost's initial thought was: "What are you trying to tell me?"

To let go of the reins, as he said, was unnatural for the proud and stubborn Yost. And the transition was not immediate when the Royals hired former director of Seattle Don Wakamatsu for the role. They took the heads of some, Yost said, mainly because Yost kept insisting: "I want to do it this way".

Over time, in 2014, however, Yost softened his behavior with the players and came to what he called "the rule of three against one:" If Yost were dead, he would still have considered Wakamatsu's voices and votes. , hit coach Pedro Grifol and pitching coach Dave Eiland.

"If they thought I should do it one way, and I thought we should do it another way, I said," OK, I'll trust you and let's go that way "," he said. "I found out that, hey, you know, their way works, and it got to the point where my eyes really opened."

Now, Yost could enter the coaching office and tell them that his door is open if they have problems to solve … and they laugh.

This is not the only way Yost has evolved to become confident enough to recognize his limitations: he knows it can be tough when he believes that players are not giving their best or being respectful and can drag others with their attitude, and realizes that he is capable of hurting feelings when he is free.

So if someone does get it, it tends to make sure that a coach is with him to contain it. More often, he prefers the coaches to deliver the message, like the other day he sent Grifol to play in a player who had his hat turned sideways and was playing the fool.

"You tell him I'm trying to tear his ass off the field and send him to the locker room: it's not time to dance, it's not Hollywood time". "And Pedro managed it."

If that fire seems in contrast to the presence of a mentor that Yost wants to be, it is not.

"I want what's best for you, I know what's best for you," he said, punctuating his words by pointing his finger at his desk. "Listen to me, and if you do not listen to me, it upsets me, it's the chance of a lifetime, you'll never have a better opportunity than you have now." Never. "

All these years later, among all the ups and downs of recent years and his attachment to the family, Yost can say the same for how he sees this work.

So, why should not you continue at least for the foreseeable future, including at least to think provisionally that you would like to return in 2020, or until Moore thinks, as Yost said, "We need a new voice".

Above all because perhaps Yost does not feel he has everything he has always wanted. Shortly thereafter he said that in an interview in his office, Yost went to an auxiliary media work room to offer an amendment.

"I still have one thing I want, just one other thing," he said smiling. "Another world championship".

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