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Royals’ Wade Davis received Postseason MVP award from baseball writers

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Think for a minute about being hopeless and being a sports fan. What comes to mind?

Rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals? Or the Indiana Pacers? Being a Houston fan when your team is playing Kansas City? Perhaps just being an Iowa State supporter.

How about this: watching Royals closer Wade Davis enter in the ninth inning with your team trailing.

For example, during the playoffs last fall, Davis pitched in eight games. His line: 10  2/3 innings, six hits allowed, three walks, 18 strikeouts and no runs allowed. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that ERA:

0.00

That’s great only if you’re a Royals fan or maybe watching “Animal House.”

This is why Davis received the Babe Ruth Award for Postseason MVP from the New York chapter at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards dinner on Saturday night in the snowed-in Big Apple.

Mets manager Terry Collins got to see Davis in the World Series, and Collins presented Davis with the award:

“It was an incredible run that we had and it was truly a blessing to be a part of it and to experience all the big moments and memories ...,” Davis said in his acceptance speech.

You can watch what Davis said here, and it should be no surprise that he kept his remarks short:

Highlights from the awards dinner are expected to be on the MLB Network at 9 p.m. on Friday.

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Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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