Royals Ready For Fall Classic
Todd Pittenger - October 26, 2015 8:52 pm
The team that surprised everyone last season, except maybe themselves, is poised to begin a second consecutive push for a world championship. The Kansas City Royals met with the media on Monday, a day before the 2015 World Series was set to begin.
KC pushed the San Francisco Giants to the brink last year, to game 7 of the World Series, before their season ended with the tying run standing at third base. This year, it’s the New York Mets standing in the way.
Despite last year’s post season success, this year’s Royals team began the season without much respect. Most of the “experts” picked KC to finish last, or next to last, in the American League Central. Instead, the team ran away with the division, leading nearly wire to wire.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said Monday that last years 7th game loss stung. “It definitely hurt, it’s a feeling that stayed with me all off season,” Cain said. “When I got to spring training I had to put it behind me. That’s what the team did, set new goals, and now here we are again,” he added.
Left fielder Alex Gordon, who was the runner stranded at third base last year when game 7 ended agrees that it was a painful ending to the season. “It was kind of bittersweet, though,” he said. “We has such a great playoff run, ending the long drought,” he continued. Gordon says that he expected to be back in the World Series. “I expected nothing less, with the core group of guys we have, and the new parts,” he concluded.
Right fielder Alex Rios tells KSAL News that this has been a special post season for him. It’s the first time in his 12 year career that he has played in the post season. The tall, lean, outfielder had his struggles during the season, and at times endure the wrath of fans. He heated up down the stretch, and his hot bat has continued in the post season. In both playoff series so far Rios has had key hits that helped the team win. Rios said “It makes it sweet, each time you can contribute in a big game or a big situation, but what makes it even sweeter are the victories we have achieved as a team.”
Game 1 of the 2015 World Series is Tuesday night in Kansas City. Edinson Volquez will start for the American League champion Royals while New York will counter with Matt Harvey.
While the Royals are in the Fall Classic for the second straight year, while the National League Champion Mets are making their first World Series appearance since 2000.
Tuesday’s game 1 comes thirty years to the day the Royals won their only World Series title. On October 27th, 1985, the Royals won game 7 over the St. Louis Cardinals setting off a raucous celebration.
News Radio 1150 KSAL will carry every game of the World Series. Game 1 pregame is at 6:00 Tuesday night, with the first pitch at 7:07.