KC Royals relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland have tormented opponents all year and they’ve helped manager Ned Yost out of a tight spot quite a few times. So one Royals fan made a parody commercial for the law firm of Herrera, Davis and Holland.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie once pitched 13 innings for Stanford, has a great deal of respect for Salvador Perez and that’s just the start of what Vahe Gregorian recounts in his Friday Five blog.
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.
As Kauffman Stadium played host to game two of the World Series on Wednesday night, the Royals authentics store was ready for another night of business. Used champagne bottles from a month of celebrations? $100. How about corks from those same bottles? $25.
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.
He has been ridiculed and criticized so much and for so long that it is now part of his permanent record, but in a postseason with Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia, Clint Hurdle and Buck Showalter, the best manager of them all is the one The Wall Street Journal called a dunce a few weeks ago.
This was just the kind of ballgame the Royals needed; a low-scoring affair where speed, pitching and defense would make the difference. The Royals offense manufactured a run in the first inning and took a lead they’d never give up, the pitching held the Giants to two runs and the defense was making plays all over the field. Friday night in Game Three the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 and took a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
There’s a store inside AT&T Park that’s selling items such as champagne bottles and corks that were emptied and popped during the Giants’ postseason celebrations this year, just like the Royals are doing at Kauffman Stadium. But the Bay Area prices are a bit higher.
Those of us who cover sports like to talk about heart and will-to-win and a never-say-die-attitude; but most of the time—if you really pay attention—there are much more logical explanations for what we see happening on a baseball field. Those explanations might be true, but even if they are, there’s much more to it than that.