Royals Look for Royalty

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John Horsley

The Kansas City Royals haven’t been in the playoffs in 29 years, let alone the World Series.

This year’s Cinderella team in Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals, finally broke the longest streak of consecutive years without making the playoffs in North American sports history at 29 years. In their last playoff appearance in 1985, they beat their cross town rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals in dramatic fashion in seven games, coming back from a three games to one deficit in the World Series. They waited a long time for this, and they came back with a vengeance.

 

They started their postseason with a thrilling nine to eight extra inning win over the Oakland Athletics in the play in game. This just sent them on a roll. They won their next seven games, sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in three games and the Baltimore Orioles in four games. This made their postseason record 8-0 and they had a streak of 11 straight postseason wins, which is the second longest such streak behind two streaks by the New York Yankees of 12 games. They punched their ticket to the World Series.

 

The last time the Royals KCRhad been to the World Series was in 1985. In that year current San Diego Padres’ manager Bud Black was the Royals’ 28 years old opening day starter. Now Black is 57 years old now. That was the only World Series win in franchise history, in search of a second title against the San Francisco Giants. But sadly David couldn’t beat Goliath as the Giants defeated the Royals in seven games, behind their giant and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner (and all six foot five 235 pounds of him).

 

Nobody outside of Kansas City expected the Royals to make the playoffs in Spring Training, let alone the World Series but they proved everyone wrong.