Royals in World Series
After a 29-year drought, the Kansas City Royals are certainly making the most of their time back in the playoffs. As if the sheer excitement of being in the postseason hasn’t been enough, Kansas City has managed to make it even more thrilling for fans, which USA Today’s For The Win detailed perfectly in its post “9 Crazy Facts About the Kansas City Royals’ First American League Pennant Since 1985.”
Additionally, according to @ESPNStatsInfo, the 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS allowed the Royals to become the first MLB team ever to start the postseason with eight straight wins. As an added bonus, thanks to KC’s three straight wins to secure a World Series title in 1985, the franchise also a shot at surpassing two different New York Yankees to set a new postseason record:
Royals: won 11 straight postseason games, 3rd-longest streak all-time, 1 shy of MLB record shared by 1927-1932 Yankees & 1998-1999 Yankees— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 16, 2014
While the Royals have had no problem winning on the road, for the World Series, the squad will enjoy home-field advantage for the first time in the 2014 MLB Playoffs. As of Oct. 16, the San Francisco Giants own a 3-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, though regardless of how many games it ultimately goes, the Fall Classic will begin on Oct. 21 at Kauffman Stadium.
Though Royals fans would surely like to see the winning streak continue, there’s nothing quite like clinching at home, as evidenced by the excitement of actor Paul Rudd whose Game 4 postgame interview even included an invitation to “party at his mom’s house.”
No matter which team KC ultimately matches up with in the World Series, sports fans are guaranteed an intriguing showdown as the Royals will of course be vying for the franchise’s first championship since 1985, while the Giants and Cardinals are each seeking their third since 2006. San Francisco has prevailed in its last two World Series appearances (2010, 2012), while St. Louis triumphed in 2006 and 2011, but fell a year ago to Boston.
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