Jeremy Guthrie started Game 7 of last year’s World Series. However, during the Royals’ run to another American League pennant this fall, Guthrie has been a spectator.
Guthrie hasn’t been on the postseason roster, but he seems to be enjoying his team’s success as much as last season.
Rather than pout about the circumstances, Guthrie has delighted in all the fun the playoffs have to offer. He’s run laps at Kauffman Stadium on game days or played catch.
“I don’t have as many responsibilities necessarily to prepare as all these guys,” Guthrie said, “so I’m trying to enjoy it and soak it all in and make the most of the moment.”
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Soak it in literally sometimes.
After the Royals beat the Astros and won the American League Division Series, Guthrie put on his goggles and snorkel and helped lead the spraying of the champagne. Afterward, he posed for a photo with is daughter:
Guthrie also posted this photo with Drew Butera on social media after the ALDS:
During the ALCS, Guthrie wore “Back To The Future” shoes and playfully poked fun at Blue Jays fans who had thrown objects on the field in the ALDS:
After the Royals won the AL pennant, he again posted a photo of a celebration with one of his children:
He also offered to give away the hat he wore during the champagne celebration in the clubhouse:
Before the playoffs, Guthrie visited King Elementary in Kansas City and gave Marion Gragg and his family four tickets to Thursday’s opening game of the American League Division Series.
“The school visit was great,” Guthrie said. “The kids were awesome. The teacher was phenomenal, just the respect they had for her was nice to see. The kids were so respectful and listening. That was definitely a highlight seeing Marion and his classmates.”