Waking up this morning, I still could not believe that the KC Royals are World Series Champs. I remember having to explain to people why I rooted for the Royals and now, I finally don’t have to.
But I shouldn’t be surprised at how the Royals won the World Series, especially during the postseason. They won eight games in comeback fashion, including Game 1 and last night’s clincher in extra innings after tying the game in the ninth off a closer who had not allowed a run in the postseason to that point (and had not blown a save since the end of July).
A different guy played hero every night.
I know Salvador Perez took home the MVP trophy and it was much deserved considering the beating he took behind the plate each night (he also hit .364 in the World Series). Anyone could have been named MVP and no one would have complained.
Because the Royals are the epitome of a TEAM.
Watching the Royals score runs and celebrate was like watching college baseball, as the guys jumped over the fence and stormed the player who just scored.
To see the three players who lost a parent over the last few months (Mike Moustakas and Chris Young), but especially Edinson Volquez do what he did in both Game 1 (the day his father died) and last night after returning from his father’s funeral was emotional. You felt for all three of them and were pulling for them to succeed even more.
To see Luke Hochevar earn the Game 5 victory, after coming back from not only Tommy John surgery, but the struggles he had in the early part of his career. He has become a dominant force in the Royals bullpen.
Seeing Alex Gordon celebrate in possibly his final game as a Royal. Getting to see him go out on top after all the “bust” labels early on in his career and then turning himself into the game’s best left fielder.
For me, the best part of last night (or early this morning) was Christian Colon. He has dealt with his own “bust” labels, being the fourth overall pick in 2010. While he has always played well, he had never really been given a chance.
CC drove in the game’s tying run in last year’s Wild Card Game and then came around to score the winning run.
Last night, after not stepping to the plate in the entire postseason and not getting an at-bat since October 4th, he came through. He drove in the go ahead run in the top of the 12th.
I was on cloud nine, watching him pump his chest standing on first base, as I have been a fan of his since his Cal State Fullerton days.
“What a stud,” Ben Zobrist said after the game about CC. “I mean, he just shows up and hits it to left. You can’t say enough. His composure.”
Seeing him get all choked up in his postgame interview on FOX brought tears to my eyes.
His interview with the MLB Tonight crew comes at about the 1:58 mark with the MLB Tonight crew:
The 2015 Royals overcame some crappy preseason predictions (72 wins???) and accomplished what they set out to do: win it all. They may have kept fans on the edge of their seat from start to finish, but it was well worth it. To be standing and cheering on World Champions is something special.
*Videos via MLB.com.