KANSAS CITY -- Think there's no tomfoolery in Royals manager Ned Yost's approach to the game?
When Bill Fischer, who is in his 65th year of pro ball, arrived this weekend to fill in as the bullpen coach, Yost had his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek. Fischer hadn't been a Major League coach for more than 10 years, so here's what Yost told him about bullpen life in 2012:
"Look, things are different now," Yost said with a straight face. "These phones are bugged. You never answer the phone ever until the middle of the third ring. It's got to be the middle of the third ring. Do not let it go to the fourth ring, but don't answer it before the third ring."
"Now, because they're bugged, we use code. If I say [Tim] Collins, I mean [Louis] Coleman. If I say Coleman, I want [Kelvin] Herrera. If I say [Greg] Holland, I want [Aaron] Crow. These are all things you've got to remember."
No word on Fischer's response, but it was, no doubt, colorful.