“Because I had confidence in Aaron Crow. That’s why. Aaron Crow’s inning is the sixth inning. Kelvin’s is the seventh.”
Ned Yost, when asked why he didn’t opt for Kelvin Herrera or another pitcher from his bullpen before Crow game up the game-deciding grand slam to Boston’s Daniel Nava Sunday afternoon, Kansas City Star
GH: THIS is the reasoning we get from the manager of a team in their first September pennant race in 29 years? He had confidence in the guy who he sent down to NW Arkansas last month to pitch in a game that may very well have decided the Royals’ postseason fate? Fire Ned Yost. Fire Ned Yost today. “Aaron Crow’s inning is the sixth inning.” What is this, Little League? Is Mrs. Yost up in the stands keeping track of how many innings the kids play? Fire Ned Yost. Milwaukee did it before he cost them their postseason. It is still not too late. Fire Ned Yost.
“(Aaron Crow’s) lease has run out for me. I’d rather see Bruce Chen out there than Aaron ‘Gas Can’ Crow. You can’t trust Aaron Crow right now with the baseball. When you’re building your postseason roster, you’ve got to have 25 guys on that roster that you can trust.”
Bob Fescoe, spoken about a month ago on his radio show, 610 AM
GH: I bring this quote up now because when Fescoe made these comments, Crow had proven to all who were watching that he could no longer be trusted in high-leverage situations. This was BEFORE the Royals sent him down to Arkansas. I would offer that we can no longer (and probably never could) trust Ned Yost in high-leverage situations. Fire Ned Yost.
“It’s frustrating that we were one out away from getting to Kelvin Herrera with a one-run lead. That was frustrating.”
Ned Yost, Kansas City Star
GH: Unbelievable. Yost sounds like he manages the game from a prerecorded game plan that Moses chiseled onto Ned’s head…or stone. There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of difference.
“He was an out away from using (Herrera)! Really? One out? We can’t afford to lose games in that situation.”
Mike Boddicker, 810 AM
GH: Translation: Fire Ned Yost.
“It’s not a big deal. Puts the double play in order.”
Aaron Crow, when asked about issuing a walk to the Red Sox power hitter Cespedes, Kansas City Star
GH: When a reliever has the attitude that a walk in the sixth inning of a one-run game is “not a big deal,” that reliever is not worthy of pitching in a pennant race. Sit Aaron Crow for the rest of the season and fire Ned Yost.
“Fourteen games left. Yeah, we’ve got plenty of time.”
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Star
GH: How can Cain or any player on September 14th think they have “plenty of time?” Cain should have tackled Crow when he started in from the bullpen and thrown his ass back over the wall. Fire Ned Yost.
“No. No. No.”
Ned Yost, when asked in his postgame if his team can afford to lose three of four games in September to one of the worst teams in the league, Fox 4
GH: Yost abruptly ended his postgame presser by quickly mumbling a thank you to the media and storming out of the room. What did Yost expect when your teams blows a four-run lead at home over the lowly Red Sox and then you choose to go with the one guy in your pen who appears to be writing a horror novel the second half of the season? Fire Ned Yost.
“Here’s the way I’m approaching it – they need to win every single game.”
Josh Klingler, when asked if he thinks the Royals need to win at least nine of their remaining games, 610 AM
GH: It sure would be nice if Yost approached the remaining games with that same resolve. He pitched Crow and left his bets arms sitting in his bullpen? Maybe the best pen the Royals have ever had? Fire Ned Yost.
“The chance of a win gone (with Nava’s grand slam). Series spit chances gone. And you hope the chance for the playoffs isn’t gone. If the sixth inning is really (Crow’s), they wouldn’t have sent him down to NW Arkansas earlier this year. They wouldn’t have sent him down. Yesterday, I thought the game was given away by Ned Yost.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: There has not been a more staunch supporter of Ned Yost in this city than Bob Fescoe. Even the Bulldog is calling out Yost on this one. Fire Ned Yost.
“Bury the hatchet! Stop your vendetta against Billy Butler. Play Billy Butler at DH the last two weeks! I don’t want to see Nori Aoki at DH instead of Billy Butler! And Butler has not been good this year. But you’ve got to play him.”
Steven St. John, on Yost’s decision to sit Butler down the stretch in favor of just about anyone, 810 AM
GH: Billy Butler needs to go off. I mean GO OFF! He needs to go on live TV and rip into Ned now. Waiting until after this house is burnt to the ground by Nedly will do us no good. Fire Ned Yost.
“If Ned Yost does get fired, everybody will point to that loss yesterday.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: I was planting Knock Out Roses in my front yard when Crow gave up the grand salami to Nava. It changed everything. The game and my hopes for the postseason. I know it’s not over until it is over but I will never forget how I felt listening to that radio call of that grand slam. Fire Ned Yost today. Tell him to remove every piece of Royals clothing he has in his possession and drive his ass to the Georgia border where he can have his tractor waiting so he can drive straight home as the Crow flies. Fire Ned Yost.