A grand moment that was wholly unique to the game of baseball took place in front of Kansas City Royals fans during yesterday’s otherwise disheartening loss to the Houston Astros. KC hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to balls and strikes lately, and last night the skipper’s temper finally came to a boil because of it.
I still fear that the induction of new instant replay rules will greatly reduce the regularity of these colorful moments, so I cherish each of them with serious passion.
Jeremy Guthrie threw six strong innings in yesterday’s game while only allowing one run to score. Many Royals and Royals fans were upset with last night’s small strike zone, which Guthrie overcame to notch himself another quality start. Jason Vargas fought through a similar start in his most recent outing, when he battled through 6.1 innings and allowed one run on Sunday with what many Royals fans would consider a very batter-friendly strike zone.
Perhaps this recent problem of starters getting squeezed by the officiating crew is what sparked such rage in Royals skipper Ned Yost.
In the sixth, a gritty start from Guthrie left KC with two outs and the bases full of Astros when the skipper headed to the mound. Ned knew the home plate ump, Kerwin Danley would meet him there to rush things along if he took his time, so that’s what he did. KC’s skipper stood sternly, waiting to explode, until Danley arrived. Yost then quickly began to blow and was promptly ejected.
His post-ejection argument was entertaining enough, being Yost’s typical fare of delightfully disdainful and profane retorts, but what preceded the ejection was comedic gold.
Ned leaves the dugout with a rage inside him and a clear plan for how to unleash it. His fury-strut to the bullpen made me choke laughing. This goes down as a classic baseball comedy moment for me, but other fans in KC with less patience for Yost aren’t as quick to embrace it. Whether or not this gem of a moment is fondly remembered by many other Royals fans depends on whether or not the team can get their act together before this season is lost.