It is all over. After a 12 inning game that started on Sunday, November 1st and ended on early Monday, we have a new World Series Champion.
It took them 30 years to hold the trophy up high for the second time ever. Last early Monday, November 2nd, the Kansas City citizens went nuts as their MLB team defeated the New York Mets 7-2, to become the 2015 World Series Champions.
It was the sweetest victory for the Royals since they blew it in Game 7, one year ago against the San Francisco Giants, becoming the first team since the 1988-89 Athletics to win the World Series the year after losing it.
The New York Mets came to Game 5 with a great and firm conviction of forcing the series one more game and even the stats for three games against two. With an awesome performance of Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, they reached the 8th inning with a two-run lead and without allowing a single run for the Royals.
Nonetheless, Harvey tried pushing it one more round in the ninth, but he finally faltered, and the Royals pulled what they have done the entire postseason, an astounding late comeback in the ninth. Instead of betting for a powerful homerun, an aggressive sprint home by Hosmer, forced extra innings.
After hitting an RBI double to drive Matt Harvey from the game in the ninth, Hosmer represented the tying run at third base with one out. Harvey was pulled for Familia, and Hosmer advanced on Moustakas’ groundout to the right side.
Salvador Perez hit a grounder to third, David Wright throw to first base, and Hosmer took off for home. Right then, Mets’ Game 1 Halloween nightmare became real again.
On Game 1 they lost it in the ninth inning as well. The game went to 14 innings, and the Royals got the victory 5-4 after being down 4-3. This was the second World Series ever, joining 1924 (Games 1 and 7) to feature multiple games of at least 12 innings.
In the 12th inning, Christian Colon singled home the tie-breaking run and those bound-and-determined Royals rallied one more time to beat the New York Mets 7-2.
The Mets gave it all and fought maybe more with the heart than with the head. As manager Terry Collins explained. “Obviously, I let my heart get in the way of my gut. I love my players. And I trust them,” he said. “It didn’t work. It was my fault.”
Since 1986, Mets’ fans have been waiting to see their team celebrating a championship. Nonetheless, Royals’ fans waited since 1985. Maybe, after learning the same bitter lesson the Royals received last year, on 2016, the Mets might be able to pull it off.
In the meantime, Kansas City will enjoy a parade to celebrate the club’s second title, capped with a party at historic Union Station, next Tuesday, November 3.