Bob Petty, a Liberty resident and life-long Royals fan, is in the Middle East, in Qatar, far, far away from his favorite team doing work for his employer, Cerner Corporation. But he’s still rooting for his team.
Twenty-nine years of frustration rushing into euphoria transforms Kauffman Stadium to the city’s biggest party in quite some time. Fireworks explode over the video board. Fans wipe away tears and hug whoever’s next to them. When was the last time you saw a game like this? When was the last time Royals fans could feel like this?
James Shields was the no-brainer starter for the Royals in their single-elimination, high-wire act Tuesday night against the A’s. And with some help, he got the job done. “Epic, absolutely epic,” Shields said. “You don’t write a story that goes this way. It’s truly special.”
Playing in their first postseason game in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals twice erased deficits, forced extra innings and advanced to the American League Division Series when Sal Perez drove home the winning run in the 12th inning of a 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Although the Royals will certainly have offseason personnel losses, a still-young, still-talented but now seasoned group will return that includes shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas.too, there’s that man: Salvador Perez
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Maggie Marx sang the National Anthem and World War II veteran Marlin Kerby threw out the first pitch before the AL Wild Card Game between the Royals and A’s at Kauffman Stadium.
Mike Sweeney sat inside his home in San Diego while the Royals clinched a playoff berth in Chicago. He watched the players spill out onto the field. He thought of the 13 seasons he played in Kansas City, all but one of them losing, never ending up in the playoffs. “I had tears rolling down my cheeks,” Sweeney said. “I told my wife: This is the greatest moment of my career.”
Teams will be limited to three trips to the mound by managers, coaches and catchers during a game, except for pitching changes, under experimental speedup rules to be used during the Arizona Fall League.