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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
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:Tue, Oct 215:07 PM PDTSan Francisco at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
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.
Answer Man: Terrance Gore talks velocity, dunking in the WNBA, jumping over a pickup truck and SkittlesDavid Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals caught Terrance Gore by surprise the day they drafted him in June 2011. Listed at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Gore figured he would become a teacher at the time he got a phone call from scout Colin Gonzales saying the Royals had picked him in the 20th round. It's been an unconventional journey to the majors ever since for Gore, reputed to be the fastest player in the league, who mostly serves as Kansas City's pinch runner.
Pegged as a latter-day Herb Washington — a sprinter Charlie Finley hired off the street for the Oakland Athletics 40 years ago — Gore has stolen eight bases without being caught in the majors, and his legs have helped the Royals win in other ways too. Gore has only two plate appearances in the majors but it's possible he could score one or more of the key runs in the World Series.
Not long before the World Series started, Gore slowed down for a moment for a quick Answer Man session to discuss his whirlwind rookie season.
David Brown: Does wearing No. 0 signify that it takes no time at all for you to get from Point A to Point B?
- David Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals considered bringing back right-hander James Shields for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series this past Wednesday, but instead decided against it and went with lefty Jason Vargas.
There was the matter of the kidney stone Shields had just passed.
Everything worked out, with the Royals beating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 to advance to the World Series. And Shields is feeling better after getting 11 days of rest before facing the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Game 1 of the World Series.
Reporter Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star broke the news that Shields hadn't been feeling so hot recently. Actually, Shields said the pain was "excruciating":
Shields underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort. By then, the team’s medical staff deduced he had already passed the stone. Shields still looked wan on Monday afternoon, when a rainout of game three allowed the Royals the opportunity to use him on regular rest for the fourth game.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Are you having baseball withdrawals yet? Yeah, us too.
While we wait for the World Series to begin — that's Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET, by the way — The Stew figured it's a good time to relive some of the best moments of the 2014 postseason so far. And what a postseason it's been, with so many close games, great plays and unlikely heroes.
So here's our World Series Eve rundown of the eight best moments of the playoffs. You may not agree with our list 100 percent, and that's OK. Leave your own top moments in the comments or tweet them to @BigLeagueStew.
8. Kolten Wong's walk-off gives Cardinals Game 2 of NLCS The entire NLCS didn't finish the way the St. Louis Cardinals hoped, but they can at least be happy at the emergence of Wong as a postseason star. The rookie was smacking the ball all over the place, but his biggest moment came in Game 2 of the NLCS when he hit a walk-off homer to tie the series at one.
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
There are a lot of different angles that can be analyzed heading into this sure-to-be fascinating World Series matchup between the Kansas City Royals, who have not appeared in a Fall Classic since 1985, and the San Francisco Giants, who have won two of the last four.
Is it David vs. Goliath? Dynasty vs. Drought? Or maybe you prefer the quick, aggressive and fearless newcomers vs. the composed, resilient and opportunistic former champions. They all aptly describe this series on multiple levels, but when looking at where these two teams have come from in 2014 and where they hope to go, the stories are essentially the same.
They both controlled their respective divisions for a time, only to fall behind the preseason favorites down the stretch. They both advanced in the do-or-die wild card round. They both were perceived as underdogs, yet dominated in the LDS and LCS rounds without home field advantage. And they enter the World Series with impressive postseason streaks intact.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
As we noted on Friday, the umpiring crew for the 2014 World Series has been selected and announced. The expanded crew of seven, which now includes one umpire who will be assigned to oversee replay challenges in New York, will include four veterans who are set to make their World Series debuts.
Among the first-timers is 16-year veteran Eric Cooper. He received the good news in a phone call from MLB's Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre, and at the time of the call was driving home with wife Tara after they took in an afternoon movie.
Understandably, Cooper was taken aback by the call. After all, he's been in the business a long time now, and that late October call had never come before. There probably wasn't much indication that his outlook would change much this season, but it has, and it appears he at least partially had expanded replay to thank for that.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago
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After San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa connected for a historic three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5, not everybody at AT&T Park knew where the ball ended up. They just knew St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Taveras didn't catch it, and that meant the Giants were headed back to the World Series for the third time since 2010.
Even Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was unaware as he ran on to the field. As Ishikawa neared third base, Peavy nearly terminated his home run trot with a bear hug because he'd thought the ball ricocheted off the wall for a double.
One person who did know though was long-time Giants fan Frank Burke. That's because he was the lucky fan who caught the ball as it skimmed over the top of the high brick wall in right field, making Ishikawa only the fourth player in MLB history to hit a postseason pennant-clinching home run.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago
The World Series is pretty serious business, in case you haven't heard. With the 2014 version now a little more than 72 hours away, it's time for fans of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants to eliminate any possible distractions and zone in on what lies ahead.
Among many other odd things we're sure, that process apparently includes asking local radio stations to ban any song that even remotely references the other team from airing. Or at least that's the approach fans in San Francisco are taking, and both KFOG and 96.5 KOIT are going to help them out. The radio stations announced this week that they are removing Lorde's hit "Royals" from the playlist until the World Series ends.
No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a "Royals"-free zone. We're sure... http://t.co/7uvseCjb03