As I KNOW you’ve already heard the Kansas City Royals are your new World Champions (thank goodness! Even though I wasn’t rooting for them at least it isn’t the gnats anymore! whew! – actually that is part of the reason I wasn’t rooting for them. Couldn’t they have done this last year?? Thanks a lot Royals!).
Naw, regardless Congrats to the new World Champion Royals.
I am not going to go through the game play-by-play, but I’ll lay it out for you.
The New York Mets held a 1-0 lead through six innings on a lead off home run by Curtis Granderson off of Royals’ starter Edinson Volquez. Then Curtis Granderson scored in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda, making it 2-0 Mets.
Jump to the top of the ninth inning. with 104 pitches already under his belt, Mets’ starter Matt Harvey convinced manager Terry Collins to let him go out and pitch the ninth. However, Batman (assuming he is real – lol) would not have been proud of his namesake … The Dark Knight failed. Actually in my opinion it was manager Terry Collins who let the Dark Knight fail. Why didn’t he just put in closer Jeurys Familia? Just like he should have for the final six outs of Game 4 of the series.
Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain who subsequently stole second, then Eric Hosmer doubled, scoring Cain. Now with the score 2-1. So NOW Collins decides to put in Familia. Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out and after him he got Salvador Perez to do the same thing but with Hosmer, who had moved to third on the first ground out, just 90 feet away – he scored as the Mets went for the out at first. Familia got Alex Gordon to ground out but the damage had been done.
It’s very hard to get to the Royals bullpen and going into extra innings things just got worse for the Mets. The Royals went on to score five runs in the top of the 12th inning off of Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon, although all five runs were charged to Reed. After that it was just a matter of Wade Davis and three outs. And there you have it – World Champions.
There were a couple of other interesting tid bits to highlight:
- The Royals broke a MLB record, becoming the only team to ever come back from a multiple run deficit in seven games in one postseason.
- Christian Colon, just a bench player who came in to bat for pitcher Luke Hochevar, singled to left and ended up scoring one of the winning runs. He credited Johnny Gomes in his postgame interview, who was traded to the team mid-season and not on the postseason roster, as the player who most helped prepare him for he playoffs.
- Daniel Murphy made another (not quite as pivotal) error in the top of the 12th that allowed Colon to move to second base.
I’m sure there were more but I’m over this World Series pretty much already. I’m just excited for the show Hot Stove on MLB Network with Harold Reynolds and Oakland A’s fan Matt Vasgersian to start!! I love that show and the World Series ending also means that spring training is that much closer!! Can’t wait to be in sunny, warm Arizona watching my A’s play some spring ball!! And the countdown begins …. !!! 😀