Wait a minute. The goal is to win the World Series, right?
Well, yes it is. There is no denying that the Giants are doing something special by winning three world titles in five years and deserve all the credit in the world for winning the World Series.
But there are just some years where success goes beyond winning a ring. Such was the case this year. The Royals run this October brought a fan base back together that has gone literally generations without experiencing a postseason game, let alone a World Series appearance.
Kansas City was one of the best baseball towns in America once upon a time. Back in the 70’s and 80’s when they would consistently be a force in the American League West, Kauffman Stadium was a tourist attraction. People would visit Kansas City just to see a game. I am sure there have been times in the recent past where people have went out to Kansas City and had no idea that a team played there. It got that bad for this team and for this city.
The run this team had this past month is not only exciting for the organization and its fans, but for baseball in general. Everybody across the country was buzzing with the excitement and athleticism this team bought out to the field every day. It was unique because you just do not see a team with such little power make this kind of run. But the Royals pitching staff and defense were just that good. Every night this team makes multiple plays that makes your jaw drop. The world started to realize this in October, but they have really been doing that all year.
For the most part, every kid loves to hit growing up. That’s the exciting part of the game. Being out in the field playing defense is boring. But this team has more fun playing defense than any other team, and it shows by how good they are out there. If you are not enjoying yourself, you will never be good at it. That is why this is far and away the best defensive team in baseball. Alex Gordon seems to run into walls every day. Lorenzo Cain dives all over the outfield numerous times a game making these unbelievable catches. Alcides Escobar could very well be the best shortstop in the American League. But again, nobody knew about these guys. Until now. They make the game fun, as it should be. And that is what makes them so much fun to watch.
They lost in the World Series, but they still had a season celebration on Thursday, which was free to the public. 15,000 fans came out to Kauffman Stadium to celebrate this memorable run. Those fans could not have been in higher spirits a day after they lost the World Series then they were. Many people spoke to the fans thanking them for their support throughout this incredible run, including General Manager Dayton Moore, owner David Glass, manager Ned Yost, and players James Shields, Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain. To see that many people come out the next day just further vindicates how special this run was to this city.
Baseball in Kansas City is back on the map, both locally and nationally. This is great for the game because they have a blast playing a kid’s game. They have so much fun on the field and they have great team chemistry. This is a perfect example of what a “baseball team” should be, and it is great to see them winning again. Congratulations to the Giants, but this Royals team is by far the best and most appealing story we can take away from this postseason. They brought an entire city and fan base back to life after generations of losing baseball, and that is an accomplishment to be proud of after 29 years of irrelevancy.