Sam Mellinger

Series loss won’t diminish Royals’ magical season

The Royals, known for two decades as a punchline, made it all the way to the World Series. This group did that, these talented ballplayers who bonded during bus rides in the minor leagues, then common struggles and triumphs in the big leagues. They lost in the end, but along the way changed baseball in Kansas City for a group of fans who’ve been waiting through more heartache than should be allowed.

Sam Mellinger

The Royals’ crazy ride has reached a game seven — and history beckons

This season was already a success, literally a game-changer for baseball in Kansas City, and that’s true no matter what happens Wednesday. The greatest ride sports fans here have had in a generation ends Wednesday, one way or the other, and doing it in a game seven is the only way to match the relentless twists and surges of a playoff run that’s already changed their franchise’s history.

Sam Mellinger

Royals’ flaws show up in 11-4 loss to Giants

The Giants’ victory on Saturday night evens the World Series at two games apiece, but with one more game in San Francisco before the Series returns to Kansas City, there is no reason that the Royals can’t bounce back. The takeaway here isn’t how things can go so wrong as much as it is the Royals’ remarkable ability to keep things so right over the last month.

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