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- David Brown at Big League Stew14 mins ago
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Press conferences in Major League Baseball can be informative and fun. They also can be, well — just bang your head lightly against the nearest table. They can be like that, too.
Taking no chances Tuesday afternoon at a World Series press conference where Jake Peavy was speaking, David Ortiz entered a room of sports reporters about seven questions in so he could say hello to a former teammate. Sure, he could have waited to say "hi" on the field or in the dugout or clubhouse before Game 1, but it's always better to do what you do best:
In the case of Ortiz, that's making an entrance. He's at the World Series to provide analysis on Fox. Ortiz was said to be nervous about his TV gig, thinking he might not measure up to the job that another former teammate, Pedro Martinez, did for TBS in the earlier rounds of the postseason.
All he has to do is be himself and, though some won't like him because they've grown tired of the Red Sox (too bad), most of the viewers will give him a chance to add something to the broadcast.
Ortiz seemed to pass his final test:
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 mins ago
Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been a postseason hero several times over during his potentially Hall of Fame worthy career. This year, though, with his Boston Red Sox long eliminated from the October scene, he's changing his role up in order to help the Red Sox and Major League Baseball honor real life heroes in the military.
During a recent gathering at Fenway Park, Ortiz surprised a group of three veteran and current military members by playing tour guide for their visit. That was a big hit with the stunned group, but as CBS Boston notes, that was only the appetizer to the biggest news of the day. Before the experience was over, Ortiz also surprised each of them and their families with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew23 mins ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Royals superfan SungWoo Lee had one former Royals player on his mind when he set foot on the Kauffman Stadium field before World Series Game 1 on Tuesday.
The former player was Mike Sweeney.
As Lee made his way around the dirt behind home plate wearing a Royals hat with "Super Fan" on the side and a Royals October hooded sweatshirt, he admittedly couldn't stop smiling as documentary crews following his every move. He had arrived in Kansas City just hours prior from his home country of South Korea.
His trip to Kansas City for the World Series was arranged by a documentary crew led by Josh Swade, who directed ESPN's 30 for 30 "There's No Place Like Home."Tue, Oct 215:07 PM PDTSan Francisco at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew39 mins 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.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cindy Conner of says her husband, Doug, frequently gets mistaken for her favorite player on the Kansas City Royals, Billy Butler. And the resemblance is uncanny.
"You can see why I like Billy," she said, standing in line outside of Kauffman Stadium with her husband a few hours before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Cindy held a sign that said on one side, "Run Billy Run!" referencing Butler's rare and unexpected stolen base in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The other side of the sign read, "We were Royals fans when being Royals fans wasn't cool!!" That message references the 29 years since Kansas City made the World Series.
The Conners were eager to ascend to the nosebleed section and root for their favorite team against the San Francisco Giants. Cindy said she got lucky with a second-chance lottery for tickets. She's never been to a World Series game before.
"I was a freshman in college at William Jewell College the last time they made it," Cindy said. "I can remember the cars honking horns in the streets when they won."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 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:
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Savvy by now of the San Francisco Giants' tendency to play meaningful games beyond the regular-season schedule, Brandon Belt and his family planned ahead this season. The Belts rented a house about 25 miles east of AT&T Park that included an option for the month of October.
Most players who don't live in their baseball city year-round sign leases that expire on the last day of September, because that's when the regular season usually ends. That often means having most of their belongings shipped to their offseason residence — which could be thousands of miles away — while the player and his family are compelled to live in a hotel until the playoff run ends.
San Francisco's run hasn't ended yet; The Giants visit the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Regardless of forethought, Brandon and Haylee Belt faced a dilemma as October approached. With their first child, a boy named Greyson Belt, being born in September, living closer to the ballpark made sense come playoff time. Even with a house already rented.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 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:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 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 Stew1 day 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?