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New Games :: A Royal Victory

This year’s World Series featured two baseball teams that had waited a long time to make it to the sport’s biggest contest. The New York Mets haven’t won a World Series since 1986. The Kansas City Royals made it all the way to the 2014 series and lost to the San Francisco Giants. The Royals hadn’t won a World Series since 1985. But 30 years later, the Kansas City team is back on top.

The Royals started out strong, winning the first two games of the series in their home stadium, in Missouri. Game 1 was a staggering five hours long and ran for 14 innings instead of the regular nine. In Game 2, Kansas City won a commanding victory, with a score of 7–1.

Game 3 was played in New York City, the Mets’ home turf. Mets fans were nervous—only 11 teams in Major League Baseball history have come back to win after losing the first two games in the best-of-seven series. The Mets won that game 9–3.

Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets misses a ground ball during Game 4 of the World Series. Murphy’s error contributed to the Mets’ loss.

With the Royals leading two games to one and the Mets enjoying a home-field advantage, both teams had momentum heading into Game 4. The Mets scored two early runs and led the game until the eighth inning. But in that inning, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made a mistake that likely cost his team the game. He reached for a ground ball hit by the Royals’ Eric Hosmer. But Murphy missed, the ball rolled past him, and Ben Zobrist, another Royal, ran from second base to score a run. The Royals went on to win, 5–2.

A Nail-Biter Ending Game 5, played on Sunday, November 1, in New York, featured several surprising and exciting moments. Once again, the Royals trailed the Mets early on. New York scored its first run in the first inning, while Kansas City didn’t earn a single point until the top of the ninth inning. And in the same inning, Hosmer once again had a crucial moment. He was on third base when a teammate hit a ground ball. Taking a major risk, Hosmer sprinted toward home, hoping the Mets’ third baseman wouldn’t throw the ball home fast enough to get him out. His bet paid off, and his run tied the game at 2–2.

The Kansas City Royals’ Chris Colon gets a hit during the 12th inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Five runs during that inning won the Royals both the game and the series.

The tied score stretched into the 12th inning. Then things changed: the Royals scored five runs in a single inning, clinching a 7–2 victory and a World Series win. “I couldn’t have written a better script” for the series, Ned Yost, the Royals’ manager, told the AP.

The Royals returned to Kansas City as hometown heroes. A parade will be held in their honor on November 3, topped off with a party at Kansas City’s historic train station. Meanwhile, disappointed Mets fans are left hoping 2016 will be their big year. After all, like the Royals, they’ve waited three decades for a World Series win, too.

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