Ned Yost says more Royals fans need to come to games
The Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night on a walk-off home run, but only 13,847 fans were on hand at Kauffman Stadium to see it. The number didn't sit well with Royals manager Ned Yost.
"I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?" Yost said in his post-game conference, according to the Kansas City Star.
The Royals are averaging just 23,442 fans at home in 2014, good for 25th out of 30 MLB teams.
In stressing how important it is for the fans to support the team, Yost said the Royals have been "trying to build this team for the last three or four years" to contend for not only a division championship, but a World Series title -- something the team has not won since 1985.
“I know it's a school night. But I've been through this before in Atlanta (when the Braves first made the playoffs) in ‘91, where it didn't matter what night it was, that place was packed at the end of August and September. The fans really got into it," said Yost.
On Wednesday, Yost told the Star his remarks were not meant to be a criticism, but that he wants fans to experience a playoff run.
"This is a great baseball town. It's always been a great baseball town," said Yost.
Kansas City could win its first ever AL Central Division title if it holds on to the 1.5 game lead it currently holds over the Tigers.
On Wednesday's SI Now, comedian Rob Riggle discusses what it's like to be a fan of a small market team and the streak the Royals have been on.
- Molly Geary