The viewing numbers are in, and you watched the Royals like never before. The decisive seventh game, won by the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Tuesday night, drew a 58.3 rating in Kansas City on Fox, according to Nielsen.
Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Joe Maddon will need to get acclimated to a new coaching staff, buy clothes warmer than the light stuff he sports in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area and make sure Javier Baez no longer wants the No. 70 jersey he wore in spring training.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an impulsive, almost whimsical decision, the kind college students make all the time. And so it was that Dayton Moore and his college buddy decided to pull off the freeway, head to the ballpark and try to score a couple tickets for Game 7 of the 1985 World Series.
Center fielder Denard Span is staying with the Washington Nationals, who exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on his contract Thursday, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.
Baseball is over and the real world is stepping to the plate and it’s looking Sandoval surly. But here’s what Kansas City is left with — a Royals season destined for local lore, pounded into our dirt. These Royals didn’t win the World Series. But they gave us one, and in doing so they won this city.
The anguish of the seventh game of the World Series had not left Thursday. It may not for days to come. But Royals fans flooded the gates at Kauffman Stadium to see general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost and those players who stuck around the morning after the previous night’s misery. The fans ringed the park’s lower bowl a few minutes past 11 a.m. on a school day.
Many decided they needed to be at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning even after the pain of Wednesday night. “It wouldn’t have been right not to be here after the loss after coming to all the games,” said season-ticket holder Nicole Bandera.