7-2, in 12 innings, and capturing their first championship in 30 years. Four times the Royals trailed in the eighth inning or later in this World Series, and three times they won. “They were as determined a group as I’ve ever seen,’’ Royals manager Ned Yost said. “They were going to get back and they were going to finish the deal this time. So from Day 1 there was no doubt in my mind that they wouldn’t accomplish it.”
First baseman Daniel Murphy made a game changing error in the top of the eighth when what could have been a double play turned into a grounder that bounced off his wrist.City officials estimated Tuesday that 500,000 people attended the events.
Left fielder Alex Gordon, who has been with the team since 2007, recalled years of losing seasons for the Royals. “To see this unfold to this is unbelievable. We’re the World Series champs, and you are the best fans in the world,” he told the crowd. .
Several area school districts called off classes for the day and Rachel Bryant, of Kansas City, took advantage and brought her 7-year-old son, Jayden, to the parade.
“It’s been 30 years since the last championship. Who knows if it will be another 30 years? It might be a one-time experience for him. I hope not; I hope we’re back here next year,” she said.
Royals fans to give one final salute to their championship team, which knocked off the Mets in Game 5 on Sunday night to capture the franchise’s first World Series title since 1985. And it also was a day for the Royals to salute the fans, which they did, wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts that read, “Thank You Kansas City.”
“I’ve been a Royals’ fan since I can remember,” said Brian McMillan of Spring Hill, Kan. “This will definitely be one of those days that I’ll tell my kids about many years from now. I am never going to forget this day.