I didn't understand what it meant. I felt like it was is a foreign language. What do mean they fired him? At the end of the season maybe? They rehired him maybe.
But nope. I read the article... and the Brewers, tied for the Wild Card in mid September with 12 games to go, thought it was time for a change.
The only other time I can remember a contending team making a managerial move this late in the season was in the movie The Kid From Left Field when Gary Coleman took over as manager of the Padres... only to have child welfare take him away with the Padres up 3-0 in the World Series against the White Sox... and the interim manager lost the next three games... until Robert Guillaume was hired to manage game 7 which they won on a 3 run walk off shot by Gary Collins.
And any time your managerial moves remind me of a Gary Coleman movie, you know it is a n F'ed up move.
What could that meeting between Yost and his friend GM Doug Melvin have been like?
YOST: Doug... I have a good feeling about this series with the Cubs. I know we had a crappy run. 3-11 stinks... but we are home, the crowd should be energized... and even with that run we are still tied for a playoff spot. We've got Sabathia on the mound, Sheets is pitching later... I think we got the losing behind us.
MELVIN: You're fired.
YOST: What? You mean you are not picking up my contract at the end of the year?
MELVIN: No. Right now. Clear out your desk.
YOST: What the f---? There's 12 games left!
MELVIN: We feel its time to go in a new direction.
YOST: In 12 days? You couldn't trust me for 12 days at home with our best pitcher on the mound? Who are you replacing me with? Did you clone John McGraw?
MEVLIN: Dale Sveum.
YOST: Let me get this straight... when I took this job, they had gone 10 straight losing years.
YOST: And I'm about to manage their second straight winning year.
MELVIN: That's right.
YOST: They could go to their first playoff since Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper and Robin Yount were suiting up.
MELVIN: Uh huh.
YOST: And you are going to replace me with a guy who was such a bad third base coach that he was booed while getting his World Series ring in Boston?
MELVIN: He's our man.
YOST: Am I being Punked?
Seriously... there must be something we non Brewer fans just didn't know.
Sometimes it happens in other sports. I remember Larry Robinson taking over the New Jersey Devils in March of 2000 and leading them to the Stanley Cup title... but he was a Hall of Famer.