After less-than-desired playing for the past 29 years, the Kansas City Royals baseball team is just one game away from being in the World Series. Last night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was critical but even after the opposing team scored the first run early in the game, Royals’ fans kept cheering and showing confidence their team would turn things around, which they did.
Although three different teams have taken a total of seven cracks at the Royals, none of them succeeded. The Royals’ incredible fielding, strong starting pitching, good offense, and enthusiastic bullpen have played critical roles in taking the 3-0 lead in the American League Championship series.
To clinch their spot in the World Series, the Royals have four opportunities to do it, which includes the next two games on home turf at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals won 89 games during regular season, fought hard and came back from being down four runs in the wild-card game, swept the team with the best record in baseball, and now with the 3-0 ALCS advantage, they are close to reaching the ultimate goal – the World Series.
All of the Royals’ players did well in last night’s game but two stood out, Jarrod Dyson and Mike Moustakas. Dyson proved his worthiness running bases but also make good choices. This was apparent with a runner on first and Dyson on third who avoided being out when the Orioles’ pitcher made a fake throw to first and spun around to fire at third.
Mike Moustakas had the games’ best play, nosediving into the Royals’ dugout only to come up with the ball and an out for the team. Throughout the year, Moustakas watched other players dive for balls so this time he decided to take a chance, which paid off. Stealing second was also out for the Royals with Wei-Yen Chen on the mound since he consistently gets his pitches across home plate in less than a second.
It was not that long ago that the Royals were not phenoms cruising along in October, just one away from the season’s end. Although the Royals struggled during the middle of summer, they were a trendy pick at the beginning of the year.
As Dyson stated, the entire team knew what they could do, it was just a matter of performing. Waiting 29 years to get where they are today is a long time. At this point, the greatest challenge for the Kansas City Royals will be keeping their enthusiasm in check.