Jeff Passan

  • Drink it up: Why Game 7 of the World Series is the greatest thing in sports

    Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the middle of the Kansas City Royals' clubhouse, on a table surrounded by eight desk chairs, sits a 2-foot-tall gold magnum of Armand di Brignac Brut Gold. On its shiny exterior, surrounding the ace of spades logo, gleams the signature of every Royals player. The bottle is their amulet, their beacon, their goal. They bought it at the beginning of October for what Wednesday will bring.

    Smaller bottles rest in black boxes hard by the lockers of James Shields, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer. Stamped onto the top of the boxes: FRAGILE. It speaks not to the contents of the drink so much as that of the Royals' season as Game 7 of the World Series beckons. The first pitch of the 2014 season's final contest will arrive Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. ET, the last however many hours later their struggle with the San Francisco Giants takes to complete, and only then will the fate of the bottles be determined.

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