First-year commissioner Rob Manfred couldn’t have asked for a better first World Series.
It really was the perfect storm: No umpire controversy that decided the series, no fan-interference that started a curse, no cheating, a drought was ended, lots of drama, an unexpected hero, free baseball (extra innings), and the best team ended up winning. That was the formula that conjured the beauty that was the 2015 World Series… Good, classic baseball.
In this day and age, especially this past year, we’ve seen our fair share of controversy and cheating in sports. We’ve been caught in the middle of New England winning the Super Bowl while undergoing the debacle that is “Deflategate”, we saw anti-Warrior fans groan about what could have been with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the 2015 NBA Finals and most recently, in the form of 8-laterals, we saw the ACC have to suspend an entire officiating crew for blowing several calls in a game that could cost Duke a better bowl.
The 2015 MLB World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals? Nothing disputable.
The better team outplayed its opponent and there’s nothing more to it. The Kansas City Royals are the best team in baseball for the first time in 30 years, and there isn’t much non-opinionated evidence out there to oppose that; they wanted it more and they proved it.
The Royals scored 51 runs in the 7th inning or later, the most in any single postseason. Dubbed the “Kansas City Procrastinators” by Dodgers’ pitcher Brandon McCarthy, the come-back kids convinced America of their passion for the game after Eric Hosmer risked game 5 to break from third and take home on a ground-ball hit to third base, scoring the game-tying run in the top of the 9th inning. In any other circumstance, that run is scored maybe 1 out of 10 times; but in the World Series with two-outs and your team up 3 games to 1. what’s the worst that can happen?
“If you’re gonna be stupid, you’ve got to be tough.” Luckily for the Royals, it worked, so Hosmer wasn’t questioned.
The Royals found a way when they had to, and that’s what makes a good team. Whether it was in extra-innings, or early in the game, someone stepped-up and made the play every one was waiting for. Whether it be Alex Gordon’s game-tying 9th-inning home run during game 1 of the World Series or Christian Colon’s second-ever postseason hit that just so happened to be the go-ahead RBI in the 12th – let it be known, his first hit produced the game tying RBI in the 12th inning of last year’s AL Wild Card game against the A’s… That team also made the World Series that year… Dude’s got ice in his veins.
Give credit to the Mets, though. They proved a lot of people wrong and shut the “Worst Division in baseball” gawkers up with how they performed in the postseason. It’s what the Royals do, they give a sense of false hope, and then take it all away in a few swings of the bat. Although the series count didn’t show it, this series was a lot closer than it seemed. The Met’s were in every game until at least the 8th inning (except game 2). Although to very little fault of his own, Jeurys Familia became the 1st player in MLB history to blow 3 saves in the World Series. Sometimes you’re just the wrong person in the wrong spot, and someone has to take the blame.
Who knows where the New York Mets may have ended up without Daniel Murphy’s record-breaking heroics, but it happened, and it led them to right where they are today: Second place with a bitter taste in their mouth; but with a good, young, team like this, that can easily be turned into fuel for next year’s run… They’re just a player or two away.
Opening day is 22 weeks away and will be here before we know it… Let’s do it all again.
Crazy World Series Stats:
Royals amounted 3 come-from-behind wins in the 8th inning or later. @MLBStatOfTheDay
Royals were the first team since the ’89 Athletics to win the World Series after losing it the previous year. @ESPNStatsInfo
Wade Davis, the Royals closer, finished the postseason with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 10.2 IP.
KC finished with the lowest payroll rank (14th) to win the World Series since the Miami Marlins (20th) in 2003… Expect that to go up. @DarrenRovell
Every team to ever eliminate the Blue Jays in the ALCS has gone on to win the World Series (’85 Royals, ’89 A’s, ’91 Twins, ’15 Royals) @SportsLogosNet