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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 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 Stew4 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
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A tradition like few others in sports, the base-line introductions at the World Series often are good for riling up the stadium crowd. It's also fun to see who gets booed, who gets cheered and how much.
Only the starting players for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals were introduced on Fox TV before Game 1 on Tuesday night, and it's a good thing for Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. He missed the introductions because of unspecified matters inside of the visitor's clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium.
"I just didn't make it down in time," Lincecum said after the game. "I didn't want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just ... it."
The Giants beat the Royals 7-1, getting a leg up on their third championship since 2010. As they have done for the entire postseason run starting with the National League wild-card game, the Giants won without Lincecum, who has not pitched since the regular season.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night gave the Kansas City Royals something that hadn't happened since September 27. A loss.
But members of the team weren't willing to dwell very long on the 7-1 defeat that broke the Royals' eight-game postseason winning streak. Players quickly turned their attention to Wednesday's Game 2 against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy, a man the Royals know very well.
"We've got no choice but to bounce back," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "It's pretty hard to sweep through the whole playoffs. ... I don't think it's ever been close to being done. We've gotta bounce back. Same way you take a good win and enjoy it and forget about it, you do the same thing with a tough loss. You forget about it, get ready to go back tomorrow and even it up and head back to San Francisco."
In the wild-card era, no team has gone undefeated in the playoffs. Only the 2005 Chicago White Sox and 1999 New York Yankees have made it through with one loss.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium.
The lopsided result wasn't what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise's championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 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:
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Royals fans chanting "Moose" every time third baseman Mike Moustakas comes up to bat or makes a play in the field has become commonplace since Moustakas played his first game in the major leagues.
Bringing almost four-foot tall moose antlers to the ballpark in honor of Moustakas is not common.
It's what Craig Rookstool did Tuesday at World Series Game 1, and yes, they got through security without issue.
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a moment in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals seemed to have Madison Bumgarner in a bind. It turns out that he was just leading them on.
Bumgarner pitched around a defensive miscue by Brandon Crawford, along with an apparent mistake of his own to Mike Moustakas — who hit a double — and later a walk to load the bases. The Royals came away with nothing, and the San Francisco Giants rolled to a 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.
"He bowed his neck and made some great pitches to get out if it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner.
Fox's sensitive field microphones picked up every sound coming from Bumgarner, who grunted his way through seven effective innings, allowing a run, three hits and one walk. A home run by Kansas City's Salvador Perez broke up a shutout in the seventh, and ended a couple of remarkable streaks Bumgarner had been riding.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 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 Stew9 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.