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Game 7.

Game. Seven. If you’re a baseball fan, there are no sweeter words in the English language. There’s a World Series every year, but a Game 7? In the …

Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance

Imagine if, for some reason, you completely missed Game 7. Not only did you miss it — you didn’t hear anything about it, from friends or from family …

Pain Demands to Be Felt

Sports are pain. That’s the dirty little secret you don’t learn until after they’ve sucked you into their addictive grasp. Sports are about losing …

Kansas City Royals will need to make tough choices -- and tough trades -- to stay on top; Could Alex Gordon ever be a Met?

People of Kansas City and America: Did you enjoy that Royals run? Did you feel galvanized by the team's first march through October since 1985?<p>The …

A Fan's Joyful Lament

It was the last gasp of an extraordinary baseball season for the Kansas City Royals, and the tying run stood 90 feet away. Kauffman Stadium was …

Yost just right for the Royals

Managing the Kansas City Royals drives you crazy. That's the first thing you must consider when evaluating their current skipper Ned Yost, a man I …

Meet the fastest man in baseball: Royals pinch-run specialist Terrance Gore

The fastest man in baseball drives with caution. When Terrance Gore was a sophomore in high school, his mother spent about $500 on a 1980 Chevy El …

Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. We’re not just talking about a good outfield, or a great outfield. We’re talking about what one might …

To Sung Woo, Thanks For Everything! Rany Jazayerli

How do I begin this story? How do I explain the inexplicable? How can I convince you that the greatest story for Royals fans in 29 years is unfolding …

Royals were best poised to capitalize on recent trend in baseball

The Royals are in the World Series, which doesn’t make sense, so the baseball world reacts by trying to make sense of it. Here come the questions and …

The Royals’ journey from a joke to the World Series

Back before anyone ever saw David Glass’ hair doused in champagne, one of the richest, most quantifiably successful businessmen in modern American …

ROYALS, FLUSH

Believe it or not, the Royals used to be terrible. No, kids, it's true. Kansas City was terrible. Yes, you have go back a few years. You have to go …

Rule of three

In early March, a Royals pitcher named Luke Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow as he pitched in a spring training game against the White Sox. Elbow …

Baseball

Joe Posnanski: After all this time, the Royals display perfect timing

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve heard the same question from more than a few Kansas City folks: “So, be honest, are you bitter that Sam Mellinger …

SI cover: The small ball World Series, Royals vs. Giants

The 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals will feature lots of defense, steals, and stellar pitching, and …

The Kansas City Royals Already Won the World Series of the Internet

Forget a montage. This Kansas City Royals playoff run is a <i>movie:</i><p>• Catcher Salvador Perez’s walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 12th inning in a …

Baseball

How to Pick a World Series Rooting Interest As a Non–K.C. or San Fran Fan

Having only two teams in the World Series means that fans of the other … [<i>fiddles with abacus</i>] … 28 major league teams are forced to either jump on a …

One Away: The Total Improbability of the Royals’ World Series Run and the Agony of Potential Defeat

There is a medical condition called refeeding syndrome that occurs in people who have been starved to the brink of death’s door, such as hunger …

K.C. Masterpiece

It’s weird to root for something that goes against what you believe in, but that’s where I found myself as I flew out of O’Hare yesterday morning to …

The Sweet Superstition of Rooting for the Royals

During Kansas City's playoff run, social media has only heightened the gloriously irrational, neurotic nature of baseball fandom.<p>On the first day of September of this year, I packed my car and made a three-hour drive from my home in rural Saline County, Kansas to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. My …

The Kansas City Royals' Huge Appeal

The team's run to the World Series has all the attributes of a great American comeback story.<p>No baseball team had ever started a postseason with eight straight wins. The 2014 Royals just did. Breaking a record set by the 1976 Reds and 2007 Rockies, Kansas City won its eighth consecutive playoff …

The Kansas City Royals Are the Future of Baseball

<i>Updated on Oct. 15, 7:18 p.m.</i><p>Sure, the Kansas City Royals are an intriguing tale for the typical rags-to-riches reasons. A team that hasn’t made a …

Ewing Kauffman and the Story of the Kansas City Royals

<b>Ewing Kauffman Steps Up To the Plate</b><p>A model baseball franchise, the Royals developed talented young players into major league stars. Their brand of …

In Ned We Trust

Inside the Royals' New-Age 'Nasty Boys,' the Best-Ever Modern-Day Bullpen

KANSAS CITY — Worst sound for opposing hitters? The Kansas City Royals' bullpen gate swinging open.<p>It is the sound of the chainsaw firing up in the bloodiest horror flick you've ever seen. It is the sound of a hitter's guts gurgling and bubbling to the point of illness.<p>It is the sound of …

Speed Demon Royals Are Sign of Where Baseball Could Be Headed

Making their first World Series appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals are on some kind of run. It's fitting, then, that they've gotten here by using their legs—or at least, that's the perception.<p>The Royals, of course, are 8-0 so far, giving them a shot at the first perfect postseason since …