Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost can be a pretty funny guy when he wants to. Responding to the wishes of born-designated hitter Billy Butler, who would prefer to keep playing first base, Ol' Ned came up with a witty answer to the press:
"You know, I'd like to be an astronaut."
So, I guess that means Kila Ka'aihue (for now) and perhaps Eric Hosmer (in the future) will be manning first base in K.C. So that's settled. Sorry, Billy.
But what about Ned's wish to be launched into space? That's quite a bit of breaking news. But I think we can accommodate him, at least via an artist's rendering.
Only, how about cosmonaut instead? Yost's friendly face seems a natural fit for an outfit similar to the one Yuri Gagarin wore into outer space for the Soviet Union on April 12, 1961.
I re-dub him Yosti Gagarin!
Now, somebody find a rocket and blast Ned to the ionosphere!
Big BLS H/T: Jeff Passan's Twitter
- Ned Yost
- Billy Butler