A Royal Season

Reilly Wiscombe

With the Royals’ season coming to an end after a heartbreaking game seven against the San Francisco Giants, it’s hard to not be upset. That being said, the Royals had a phenomenal year, finishing with a record of 89-73 (their best since 1989). After many years of tuning out and not watching games the closer it got to October because of the pure disappointment every Royals fan felt for the past 25 years, this season was nothing short of amazing. Surely, nobody thought they would be watching game 177 of the year in Kansas city after sweeping through the playoffs. ┬áBeing one of the hottest teams after the all-star break, the Royals stormed back from 8 games behind the Detroit Tigers after going 22-5 from July 22 to August 19. They were well on their way back to the playoffs.

Down four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics, the Royals had just a .03% chance of winning. They rallied and tied the game at seven and the score held until the A’s scored a run in the twelfth, but the Royals answered. Scoring two in the bottom half of the inning capped off with a Salvador Perez base hit up the third base line past the diving Josh Donaldson, the crowd at the “K” exploded. Sweeping through two more series after that, the Royals had finally made their return to World Championship against Madison Bumgarner and his Giants.

Ultimately it came down to the last game, where Bumgarner took the bump in the fourth and used his electric stuff to basically shut the Royals down, holding on to the 3-2 win as the Giants were once again champions (their third in five years). Leaving the people of Kansas city heartbroken and worn down once again; but on the bright side Spring training starts in roughly four months which means the city can continue to be Royal.