I’ve typed stories about sports every day for most of the last month or two. Once, I even typed a story about sports the day after a friend’s bachelor party, and did this WITHOUT eating Chipotle. As I type these words, there is a cut on my thumb from the other day, when I was chopping onions.
It’s World Series time in Kansas City, and we’ll be holding live chats every day on KansasCity.com. Andy McCullough, the Royals beat reporter for The Kansas City Star, and Marcos Breton, who covers the Giants as a Sacramento Bee columnist, answered the first round of questions Monday ahead of Tuesday’s World Series game one (7:07 p.m. Central on Fox).
This Sam Mellinger column appeared in the July 12, 2013 editions of The Kansas City Star, but it’s just as relevant as the Royals play in the World Series for the first time since 1985. The feud between franchise icon Frank White — who has only recently returned to Kauffman Stadium, as a fan, since his public fallout with the team more than two years ago — and the Royals is petty and unbecoming of each side.
The Royals held an off-day workout Sunday. I’ve been told that these are mandatory, even if teams don’t want to do one. At this point in the season, most players don’t need more batting practice. What the workouts provide is another opportunity for the media to take pictures, get quotes and write stories. It’s just one more reason for the players to dislike the media: We can even screw up a player’s day off.
The KC Live “living room” in the Power & Light District was packed Tuesday evening with fans who watched the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants meet in the first game of the 2014 World Series.
A Reddit post went viral about an Orioles fan who saw some Royals players playing catch with kids decked out in Baltimore gear during batting practice before one of the American League Championship Series games.
Ask people who were there at the time, and don’t be surprised if they tell you the Royals were not the best team in baseball in 1985. They were a very good team that got hot at the right time. If you want to win a World Series, you just have to be good enough to get to the playoffs and then get hot. And the 2014 Royals are hot.
For the first time in a few years, Sporting Kansas City finds itself in two unfamiliar places in October: Looking up at two teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race and watching the attention of Kansas City turn toward the surprising Royals. We’re living in bizarre times, Kansas City. Let’s open up the mailbag and see what else we can get into.
Is a caught stealing a wasted out? Nope; not according to the guys who play the game. Take Jarrod Dyson; he got thrown out on Friday night—with a little assist from a middle infielder who may have pushed him off the bag—but every time Dyson stands on first base he changes the game in ways that benefit his team.
The people at The K had been waiting for this moment. They’d been waiting for the party to break out, or at least the moment where the party might break out, and Billy Butler up in a tie game with two on in the World Series qualified. He didn’t disappoint.
For all the other fascinating flourishes that make up this team, in the end it’s defined by one trait more than anything else: Count them out at your own silly peril. And that explains the fury and the glory of the Royals’ sixth-inning eruption, an inning that didn’t just stem the Giants’ advantage but redirected the trajectory of the series with a 7-2 clobbering.
Before Game One on Tuesday, Giants pitcher Jake Peavy talked about how disruptive fast base runners can be. Pitchers want to pitch in rhythm, but a fast runner on first base prevents that; the pitcher has to vary how long he holds the ball in the set position or the base runner will time the pitcher’s delivery to home plate, get a great jump and steal second base. In Game Two Peavy proved prophetic; when the Giants starting pitcher had a runner on base he was holding the ball in the set position and using a quicker delivery home—and he wasn’t as effective.
After Royals’ Omar Infante hit a 2-run homer in the 6th inning, Salvador Perez, who scored in front of Infante, waited for him at home plate. San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland yelled at Perez across the plate, which caused the benches to clear. Here’s a look at what Strickland said to Perez.
Carlos Daniel Hernandez says his father promised him a trip to Kansas City if the Royals made the playoffs, but life back home — on Margarita Island, Venezuela — got in the way. Work was busy. Money was tight.
If nothing else, these Royals have proved themselves to be fantastically resilient. And in the list of holes they’ve played themselves out of, a 7-1 loss to the Giants in the first game of the World Series on Tuesday would not even earn a medal. But the Royals shouldn’t kid themselves either.