It's never easy being let go from one's job.
Fortunately for most of us, we don't have to worry about having to speak in a press conference immediately after that depressing circumstance.
So really, I can't fault former Royals manager Trey Hillman on his at-times odd postgame, er, post-job presser Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.
I give Hillman credit for staying classy to a Royals organization that gave him a major-league manager job after his previous career highlight was leading the Nippon Ham Fighters to a Japan Series championship.
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He thanked a lot of people, including his successor Ned Yost, and the man who hired, and eventually fired him: Dayton Moore, whom he called "first class."
He also talked a lot about buttons.
"Maybe I'm not pushing the right button sometimes," Hillman said. "I'd like to think that, with my history, I don't know why I'd be pushing so many wrong buttons if it was just a matter of pushing the right buttons."
Nope, Trey, it wasn't quite that, either.
You weren't terrible. You weren't great. There were a lot of factors against you, but really did any Royals fan see the Hillman era as one with a limitless ceiling? Probably not.
Still, you have to hand it to a guy who took the high road off the powder-blue express two days after his boss said the following:
"Trey is a tremendous leader," Moore said, "somebody who is very consistent with who he is day in and day out. He's exactly what our organization needs at this point in time."
Maybe we just assumed Moore was speaking about managing. He must have meant something else, like helping Sluggerrr hand out free stuff, or programming the scoreboard hot dog race.
So on to the Ned Yost era.
And it's an era with auspicious beginnings.
I'm not just talking about the Royals' 6-1 victory over Mark Buerhle and the Chicago White Sox.
I think any era that begins with this quote from the team's best player has got to be good for something:
"I'm guessing he was the manager of the Rockies, but I guess it could have been the Brewers because he looks like he would be a manager of the Brewers," reigning Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke said of Yost. "So that's how much I know about him."
Amazingly, Zack's "if-it-looks-like-a-duck" theory was actually correct. Yost was the manager for the Brewers for five years.
No wonder this guy knows how to pitch. He doesn't even need the book on a batter to figure out what his tendencies are.
And we thought last year's feat was impressive.
Pink-slip blues — The Atlanta Hawks' dismissal of coach Mike Woodson was pretty standard fare in the lifecycle of an NBA coach.
Team is bad. Team improves. Team does just enough to get fans, front office and media excited about future seasons. Team flames out in playoffs to much better team. Team jettisons coach.
The Hawks went from 13 wins in Woodson's first season to 53 in 2009-2010. All that did was make it harder for him to keep his job.
General manager Rick Sund's quote is right out of the GM playbook:
"It was a hard decision," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Sund. "When I analyzed and looked at it, I went round and round. Finally I think it got to the situation where the compelling thought is, 'Maybe change is good for everybody.'
"That happens quite a bit in the NBA. Maybe the players need to hear another voice, and maybe Mike needs to talk to another group."
How about Hawks forward Josh Smith?
"It feels good to know we are not just satisfied with just being the eighth seed or improving every season," he said."... The organization has everything going in the right direction."
Thanks for that, coach. It's not you, it's me. We just need to see other people.
Then there's Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who was reported to be fired so the Cavaliers could bring in John Calipari to coach LeBron James.
That turned out to be false — for now — probably because someone actually took a look at Calipari's track record in the NBA, and how well he manages talent. That's not exactly his strength.
Now, if the Cavs needed someone to take Anderson Varejao's SAT? Give Cal a call.
Run 'n' Gun is The Eagle Sports staff's weekly look at the offbeat side of sports.