I have to admit that I not so secretly was hoping that the Royals would win the World Series. My east coast friends will hate me for saying it.
More than any other team, the Royals played their hearts out. They never gave up. When the Mets were ahead in these final games, the Royals roared past them leaving the Mets in their wake. It was so in the final game when Matt Harvey came in to close out the game in the 9th inning. The Royals were able to score 2 runs forcing extra innings. Harvey had 8 scoreless innings but allowed a walk and an RBI double in the 9th. Familia came in and blew the save, the most important save of his career. Not to throw the blame anywhere Lucas Duda threw wide to home while slow moving Hosmer barreled to the plate as if his life depended on it. It’s plays like this that make for exciting baseball.
I don’t think anyone would say that the Royals were not deserving. This is their first World Series win in 30 years. The Mets now understand how the Dodgers felt in the 5th game of the NLCS. Mistakes and miscues tormented the Dodgers allowing the Mets to win the fateful 5th game that the Dodgers should have won. And of course Mets manager Terry Collins who had an amazing season will be the scapegoat as Donnie Mattingly was. Matt Harvey insisted on pitching the 9th, the guy whose pitch count was forever scrutinized. And Collins relented.
Congratulations to both teams. For me it would have been harder if the Dodgers had gone to the World Series and lost the way the Mets had.
And now in a few days we will see where Zack Greinke chooses to go. By Wednesday we’ll know if he opts out of his contract. Now that Mattingly is gone, I don’t anticipate Zack signing again with the Dodgers. By the way, Zack, Las Vegas thinks that the Dodgers are the odds on favorite to win the World Series in 2016. Brett Anderson, Rollins and Kendrick are all free agents. Just saying. If everyone remembers, at the beginning of the 2015 season the Dodgers were rated #3 in the western division.
I hope that my team isn’t torn apart again during this offseason. If the owners do not offer Zack a multi year Kershaw-like deal, he will be gone. Will they go cut rate Latos again and disappoint the fans. With a pitching battery of Kershaw-Greinke-Ryu-McCarthy-Wood, we have a chance in 2016. My one other request is to keep Ethier.