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.
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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.
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.
The Royals’ recent success has been based on pitching, defense and just enough offense. In game one of the World Series, Royals fans saw what happens when that formula breaks down and Kansas City lost 7-1 to the San Francisco Giants.
In one sense, it should be easy for Royals fans to console themselves and purge the buzz-killing, mojo-puncturing fiasco against San Francisco in game one of the World Series on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Red Sox star David Ortiz bounced on the field as a sharp dressed man about three hours before Tuesday’s game one of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Ortiz’s appearance brought to mind a conversation that he had with Royals broadcaster Joel Goldberg on the Red Sox’s trip to Kansas City in September.
We’re holding a live Q&A each day during the World Series at KansasCity.com. Today, before game one at Kauffman Stadium, sports columnist Vahe Gregorian of The Kansas City Star and columnist Marcos Breton of The Sacramento Bee answered your Royals and Giants questions.