Mike Jirschele always had a great sense of humor, but not when it comes to his call from the majors.
"I know when Ned (Yost) called me I was on vacation and he started talking hunting and fishing," Jirschele said. "I'm thinking hey if I got a job come on let me know."
The former Storm Chasers manager spent 36 years in the minors. The last 12 as manager in Omaha, but after that call he is a major league coach for the first time.
"I've come up here the last ten years at the end of each season leaving Omaha but it seems weird to be here at the beginning of the season rather than the end," Jirschele said.
Jirschele managed many of the current Royals when they were in Omaha with the Storm Chasers. They love seeing him in the big league clubhouse.
"He has been a blast so far and he brings so much to this team and so much to this organization that not many people know about," First baseman Eric Hosmer said. "For us to have him here means a lot to us."
"They all love him. They love his worth ethic they love his attitude his support. It was just a natural fit for us," Royals manager Ned Yost added.
And even after a full month on the job, it still does not seem real.
"I keep thinking I am going to wake up and be heading for the ballpark in Omaha or back to the Hawthorne Suites to go to bed. It hasn't happened yet," Jirschele said.