Major League Baseball has set the table for the 2014 World Series, and they’ll be serving Napa Valley Wine, along with some of the best BBQ ribs on the planet, when the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals square off in this year’s Fall Classic.
Both, the Giants and Royals made it to the World Series thanks to the Wild Card, but, both have two different back stories.
The Giants who are a larger market team is no recent stranger to October baseball, and I don’t mean a few games at the end of the regular season, I mean the play-offs and World Series. This season will mark the 22nd time the Giants have participated in the Fall Classic in their 132 year history, in which they own 9 titles, not to mention 2 in the last 4 years.
As for MLB’s Cinderella team, the small market Kansas City Royals, this 2014 edition of the World Series will mark only their 3 appearance in their 46 year existence, and first time in 29 years. 1985 when Marty Mcfly was headed “Back to the Future,” George Brett, and company were being crowned World Champions.
The Giants who were in the World Series 25 years ago (vs Oakland) when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay area (today 10/17/89 being the anniversary) will come into this World Series as a team that has both “pop” and pitching. San Francisco boasts 132 home runs while their pitchers combine for a 3.50 ERA.
The Royals on the other hand who have seen some success with the long ball in the playoffs, “buttered their bread” this season with “small ball,” only hitting 95 round tripper (least in MLB) while manufacturing runs on the base paths with a MLB leading 153 stolen bases (Giants had only 56, 2nd least to Baltimore’s 44). The “Kansas City Nine” recorded an anemic 985 strikeouts in 6058 plate appearances…also best in the both leagues.
This time my heart and head are in the same place. The fact that the back end of Kansas Citys bullpen has been “lights out” and all the Royals really need to do is have a lead after six innings, I feel that the Royals, will come out on top as World Champions!
(Royals in 6)