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Calling final out of World Series was special moment for Ryan Lefebvre

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre was at the premiere showing of “The 2015 World Series” movie in November 23 at the Music Hall.
Kansas City Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre was at the premiere showing of “The 2015 World Series” movie in November 23 at the Music Hall. jsleezer@kcstar.com

For the Royals players, winning the World Series was the ultimate achievement.

It was also a special moment in Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre’s career, he called the final out in which Wade Davis struck out Wilmer Flores of the Mets in Game 5 of the World Series.

For a broadcaster to make the call on the hometown team winning the World Series is special enough, but Lefebvre was touched by Denny Matthews’ graciousness.

The two alternate innings when a game goes extra innings, and Lefebvre was calling the 12th inning when the Royals scored five runs and took a 7-2 lead in Game 5 in New York.

As Davis trotted to the mound at Citi Field, Lefebvre wondered if he shouldn’t hand over things to Matthews, who has been calling Royals games since the team’s inception in 1969.

“We went to commercial and I asked Denny, I said, ‘Are you OK with me doing the bottom of the 12th inning,’ because I just thought he should be doing the 12th inning, and he looked at me like, ‘Well, of course, you know, it’s your inning,’ ” Lefebvre recalled.

“So that meant a lot to me. That was our 17th year together and he had every right in the world and probably more people if they were honest would probably prefer to hear Denny Matthews say ‘The Royals win the World Series.’ But he allowed me to have that moment and that’s really made it just as special as actually saying the Royals are World Series champions.”

Here is Lefebvre's call:

Time-lapse video: The Royals' World Series trophy at spring training 

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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