- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Actor Paul Rudd isn't the only Kansas City celebrity reveling in the Royals' long-awaited return to the World Series. Another of Kansas City's famous entertainers — albeit in a very different field — was front and center at Game 1 of the World Series.
Tech N9ne, the rapper who very proudly hails from Kansas City, was on national TV all night, because he was sitting right behind home plate. He was dressed in all black Royals gear, sitting just a few seats down from Marlins Man.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
We all cope with disappointment in our own ways, so some people in the Kansas City area might double down on sadness by switching their TVs from the Kansas City Royals' Game 1 World Series loss to a news update about a dead body.
But that's probably not the best way to advertise your newscast.
KCTV learned that Tuesday night, when it sent out the ill-advised tweet below.
Oh, sweet RT @KCTV5: Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more.
The tweet was understandably deleted by the station, but preserved in manual retweet form by Gabe Lacques. The Royals were pretty cold tonight, but a dead body? KCTV soon recognized its tweet was distasteful, then apologized and tried again.
We worded that previous tweet horribly and we are very sorry. It has been deleted.Wed, Oct 225:07 PM PDTSan Francisco at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The World Series' return to Kansas City wasn't nearly as happy as Royals fans were hoping. The San Francisco Giants routed the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series, winning the game 7-1 and snapping K.C.'s eight-game winning streak this postseason.
Madison Bumgarner turned in another dominating playoff performance, pitching seven innings of three-hit ball. The Giants jumped on Royals starter James Shields early, scoring three in the first inning. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence each had two hits and two RBIs for the Giants. The Kauffman Stadium crowd, loud and happy at the start, ended the night disappointed.
Here are five key moments from Game 1:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The random Miami Marlins fan is back, with the best seat in the house. pic.twitter.com/vfTr4DjmQ0
The World Series returned to Kansas City on Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years and sitting right behind home plate, in an otherwise sea of blue, was a guy wearing a bright orange Miami Marlins jacket and a Marlins visor he sometimes turned to the side.
Lots of people watching at home had the same reaction: Who the heck is that guy and why is he wearing Marlins gear? Fair questions. Believe it or not, he's a somewhat famous traveling fan and the Marlins gear is basically his uniform.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
This sure beats getting tipped 15 percent: A waiter at a restaurant near Kansas City was handed a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series as a tip.
The customer? Katelyn Davis, wife of Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis, the team's lockdown, eighth-inning reliever.
KMBC-TV in Kansas City says some of the Royals' wives hang out at Rock & Brews in Overland Park, which is 20 miles away from the stadium. That's where Davis was Tuesday afternoon when she gave a ticket to the luckiest waiter in the country.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
With the Kansas City Royals keep their postseason winning streak going? Will the San Francisco Giants jump out to an early lead in yet another World Series?
We're about to find out. Game 1 of the World Series is upon us from Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. The Yahoo Sports MLB crew — columnists Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, plus the bloggers from Big League Stew — will be serving up commentary from start to finish.
Use this handy Twitter tracker to follow the game with live commentary from our writers and other MLB experts.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals might not have gotten to the World Series if players hadn't started focusing on their own clan instead of playing "Clash of Clans" on their iPads.
As we prepare for Game 1 of the World Series, pitting the Royals against the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough gives us a great look into the Royals clubhouse, and how they refocused themselves during the summer doldrums to become a World Series team.
The baseball season is long and full of downtime for players, so inevitably they turn to things like video games to pass the time when they're traveling or waiting for a game to start. Some Royals had such an affinity for "Clash of Clans" — an online strategy game where you build a village and do battle with other clans — that it concerned coaches. Consider this moment after a July loss that sent the Royals under .500:
You didn't think it was just radio stations having fun with Kansas City Royals being in the World Series, did you? World Wrestling Entertainment's popular "Monday Night Raw" was live from Kansas City on World Series Eve, and the occasion wasn't going to pass without cheap heat.
Randy Orton — the star of those hilarious RKO Vines — was called on to anger the Kansas City crowd by dissing the Royals. He's a good fit, considering he's from St. Louis.
Orton was cutting a promo against John Cena when a "Let's Go Royals" chant broke out in the crowd. Orton quickly flipped into super heel mode and told the fans:
If you're a fan of the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants, sorry, this list really isn't for you. We don't expect you to root for anybody on the opposing team in the 2014 World Series, which begins Tuesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.
But if you're a baseball fan — even a very casual baseball fan — looking for somewhere to place your rooting interest during baseball's championship series, this list is totally for you.
Do you like players with feel-good comeback stories? This World Series has those. Do you like unlikely heroes? It has that too. Do you like a guy who's paid his dues finally getting a chance on the biggest stage? The World Series has that.
It's even got a joker who's very good at his position, a guy who gives great speeches and a rookie who could make history. (btw, one of those guys smells good too).
Get to know the eight World Series players below, and you might find someone new to root for as the series begins.
The Stew told you Saturday about a couple San Francisco radio stations that decided to stop playing "Royals," the ubiquitous hit song by Lorde, until the World Series ended. It's a great way for Bay Area radio stations to show their support for the Giants in their series against the Kansas City Royals while also making headlines for themselves. Mostly the second one, though.
Proving that every radio stunt has an equal and opposite reaction (ain't that right, Isaac Newton?), a radio station in Kansas City has decided it will not stand for a San Francisco radio station getting all these headlines. Oh, and it supports the Royals too
Thus, 99.7 The Point (aka KZPT FM) announced Monday that will play "Royals" more frequently, specifically in the hours leading up to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. This makes sense, we suppose, because it's not like They Might Be Giants have a recent hit song to take out of rotation in K.C.