The Royals, Blue Jays, Mets and Cubs made up the final four teams in the 2015 MLB playoffs. Each franchise is notorious, at least in recent decades, for losing. The aggregate World Series drought amongst these four teams stood at an astounding 188 years. Of the four teams, the Mets were the most recent World Series victors as they came away with a title in 1986. One team had to win, however. The Kansas City Royals, led by manager Ned Yost, were crowned world champions after defeating the New York Mets 7-2 in the fifth game of the series.
You might remember that the Royals visited the World Series last year and just narrowly lost to the San Francisco Giants. This postseason experience proved useful as the team cruised to its first world championship in more than three decades.
While the series may have only gone five games, each night was more exciting than the next. In the final game of the series in Citi Field, the team came from behind to force the game into extra-innings. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar both came up with clutch hits in their five-run top of the 12th. Veteran pitcher Wad Davis was on the mound to secure the victory.
Hitting upwards of .350 for the series and batting in the game-tying run in the ninth inning of the final match, Salvador Perez earned the Series Most Valuable Player Award. Perez, a Colombian and homegrown product, was ecstatic to win the award and the series.
It’s unbelievable. We’ve got almost the same group when I played my first year in 2007 in Arizona, the Rookie League. It’s amazing to now win a World Series and see the same guys with you.”
Over the course of the playoffs, the Royals earned an amazing eight come-back wins, four of which occurred in the World Series. The final game was no outlier from this trend with Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey, shutting out the Royals through the eighth inning. Down two runs to begin the ninth, Lorenzo Cain earned a walk and Hosmer doubled into led-field cutting the lead down to one run. Mets manager, Terry Collins, swiftly called upon closer Jeurys Familia to relieve the fatigued Harvey and secure the team’s second victory in the series.
Hosmer ended up at third base after a Mike Moustakas groundout. This is when Perez grounded sharply to David Wright who threw to Duda at first to get the second out of the inning. Hosmer, known for his aggressive base running, broke home immediately after Wright’s throw. Duda botched his throw home allowing Hosmer to tie up the game in an exciting, but risky, fashion.
It was not only exciting to see the Royals win a World Series Championship, but also to see a few long-suffering franchises make exciting playoff runs.
Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.