Ned Yost media session: September 6
Before tonight’s final game of the 10-game homestand, Ned Yost met with the media. Luke Hochevar will be taking the mound in tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers. Yost said, “It is about execution, execution (of) quality pitches in a quality part of the strike zone. If he does that, he’s going to be in great shape. This club right here (Rangers) is not very forgiving if you make a mistake, especially if you make a mistake up in the zone and out over the plate. They will take advantage of that. But I feel good about Luke’s start tonight, so we will see what happens.”
On a side note, Darren Ivey, the police officer that stands outside of the Royals dugout, will patrol his last game tonight. He has been working the Kansas City Royals games for 18 years. In his honor, the team made him a special jersey with 18 on the back and signatures from all of the players. “He has done a great job and we are going to miss him. He has been here 18 years. He got a great promotion, but I wish he could be here for when we get this thing turned around since he has been here for so long. But he will be watching it from up there (in the stands) instead of standing right there (on the field),” said Yost. The Royals wish him the best of luck and he will be truly missed here at “The K”.