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A review of ‘World Series 2015:’ Rusty Kuntz is the comic star

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was congratulated by first base coach Rusty Kuntz after Hosmer hit a two-run RBI single in the fifth inning during Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was congratulated by first base coach Rusty Kuntz after Hosmer hit a two-run RBI single in the fifth inning during Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. jledford@kcstar.com

If you’re a Royals fan, this is one movie that take you through a range of emotions.

You’ll laugh. You’ll be angry. You’ll get a chill. You’ll applaud. You may even cry.

It’s the “World Series 2015” movie and it’s due to be available today (Tuesday). I can tell you this: at last week’s premiere at the Music Hall, those were all emotions that attendees felt.

The crowd booed when Noah Syndergaard talked about having tricks up his sleeve. Applause came for Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon home runs in Game 1, Eric Hosmer’s dash home in Game 4 and Wade Davis jogging to the mound from the bullpen.

Some got choked up when the movie focused on Edinson Volquez (who most certainly did not know his father had passed away ahead of Game 1).

And the laughs, yep there were more than a few.

First base coach Rusty Kuntz wore a microphone during the World Series and he had some great lines during the movie. Because you know what happens in each of the games, there aren’t any surprises — except when you hear what Kuntz (and third-base coach Mike Jirschele) say.

Before the film premiere, Kuntz said on the “Blue Carpet” that he was worried about watching the movie for the first time.

“I’m as nervous as all get-out,” Kuntz said. “Oh, what did they put on? They assure me that it was all good, but you know how that all goes.

“I would rather been quiet in those situations. I’m never really comfortable being mic-ed up because I never know what’s going to come out of this mouth.”

Not to worry.

Kuntz uttered a couple of heck yeahs — only it wasn’t heck, but it started with the letter ‘h.’

If you’ve ever read Lee Judge’s blog, you know that Kuntz gives the Royals some incredible insights on opposing player that give them an edge. That was on Kuntz’s mind during the World Series.

“I know every night that I had to put a microphone on,” Kuntz said, “it was a little stressful for me, because there was so much stuff I wanted to talk about that I couldn’t because I didn’t want to leak it out. But it was what it was.”

Major League Baseball, which put out the movie, did let out one secret. In Game 4, Kuntz is shown telling Ben Zobrist that Mets closer Jeurys Familia never throws to second base on a pickoff move.

Kuntz delivered the information in a funny manner and that brought the house down. Well, that and the sight of Matt Harvey running back to the mound in the ninth inning of Game 5.

If you’re a Royals fan, you’ll love the the movie. Although there are obligatory Mets moments, the fact that the Royals basically rolled over New York means they are few and far between.

It hits all the high points and has interviews with Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Ned Yost and others.

Kuntz didn’t have to see the movie to know he would like it. He also was still raving about the outpouring of love from the Royals faithful.

“To see the response and the love and the energy from the Kansas City people,” Kuntz said, “it’s been a long time, I get that, and I haven’t been a part of that that long, but it’s so refreshing to see baseball fans just love and appreciate everything that Dayton Moore has done, Ned Yost turned it into a reality and all the response from the people has been tremendous,” Kuntz said. “I couldn’t be happier for the city of Kansas City.”

A clip of the movie was made available a couple of weeks ago.

A second one can be seen here (it’s of Hosmer’s dash home in Game 5):

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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