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Kansas City is on New York Times’ list of most cursed sports cities

Alex Gordon made a long, lonely walk from third base to the dugout after he was left stranded on third as the possible tying run in the Royals 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in game seven of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium.
Alex Gordon made a long, lonely walk from third base to the dugout after he was left stranded on third as the possible tying run in the Royals 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in game seven of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

When a city cracks the top 10 of some list, it’s often a good thing.

You know, like a list of cities with the best food, easiest commute times, best music or something like that.

Making the New York Times’ list of most cursed sports cities, is not a point of pride.

Yet, there’s Kansas City at No. 10. To be fair, the list only focuses on professional teams from the big four leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL), so factor in pro soccer and college success, and KC likely would not be ranked.

Each city in the list has a toughest loss, and the 2014 World Series was Kansas City’s. Most of the piece on KC is about Alex Gordon’s decision to stop at third base in game seven of the World Series, and how he possibly could have scored.

Part of what the Times wrote: “Kansas City’s last title remains the Royals’ 1985 World Series win, another series in which late-game events — thanks to an umpire, on this occasion — provided fodder for years of what-ifs.”

If you missed it, here is The Star’s recreation of the play which showed that, yeah, Gordon would have been out by a country mile.

No. 1 on the list was Cleveland, followed by Atlanta.

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