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A Royal trip down 1985 World Series memory lane: You gotta love it!

With the St. Louis Cardinals coming to Kansas City this weekend, it seems like a good time to reminisce about the last time they were in town to play a Royals team with legitimate championship aspirations: game seven of the 1985 World Series.

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Ask Lee: Why do big-league pitchers throw rookie hitters fastballs?

Recently a reader sent me an email asking some questions and I figured I’d try to answer them here on the website. If you have a question you think I can answer — and yeah, I did tee that one up for anyone who wants to be snarky — email it to me and maybe it’ll wind up as part of a column. So here we go…

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Becoming Yordano: A journey to the launch point of the Royals’ rocket arm

Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.

 

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Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The decision to stop the Royals’ Alex Gordon at third base in the most pressure-packed moment baseball can provide — bottom of the ninth, two outs, home team trailing by one run in the seventh game of the World Series — stands as perhaps the greatest what-if moment in Kansas City sports history. So, with the help of the Rockhurst University baseball team, we re-enacted the play and captured in photo and video what might have happened if Gordon kept running.