On Assignment – The Royals Win the 2015 World Series

Exactly 368 days after the San Francisco Giants denied the Kansas City Royals a chance win the 2014 World Series, the Royals took care of unfinished business and crushed the New York Mets in Game Five of the 2015 World Series to become World Champions for the first time since 1985.

The Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after Lucas Duda of the New York Mets threw the ball wildly past Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after Lucas Duda of the New York Mets threw the ball wildly past Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Crushed is an understatement. The Royals did everything right, while the Mets found ways to lose. Even when the Mets were up, as they were for 8 2/3 innings during Game Six, the looked like they were playing “not not lose”.

The Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer celebrates as Mets fans collectively hold the heads in disbelief after Hosmer scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after Lucas Duda of the New York Mets threw the ball wildly past Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer celebrates as Mets fans collectively hold the heads in disbelief after Hosmer scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after Lucas Duda of the New York Mets threw the ball wildly past Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Should Matt Harvey have started the 9th? Should Terry Collins have lifted Yoenis Cespedes with the bases loaded and nobody out after Cespedes painfully took a foul ball to the shin? Those were only a few of the many situations the Mets found themselves throughout the Series that will have Mr. Met and his faithful scratching their heads and wonder… what the?

Kansas City Royals pinch runner Jarrod Dyson looks on from third as the Mets gather to on the mound during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Kansas City Royals pinch runner Jarrod Dyson looks on from third as the Mets gather to on the mound in the 12th inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

What I can tell you with certainly is that you can’t give (or shall I say hand) the Royals opportunities to either keep themselves in the game or put themselves in position to take complete control of the game.

An unlikely hero, Christian Colon, delivers a clutch, one out single to score Jarrod Dyson with the World Series winning run during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

An unlikely hero, Christian Colon, delivers a clutch, one out single to score Jarrod Dyson with the World Series winning run in the 12th inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

After Lorenzo Cain walked to lead off the 9th, I knew trouble was brewing. Cain stole second base without a problem with the big boys (Hosmer, Moustakas and Perez) due to follow. By then it was too late. Jeurys Familia faced Hosmer with the game on the line and Hosmer promptly hit an opposite field double to score Cain.

The Mets Bartolo Colon walks back toward the mound after giving up a bases clearing double by Lorenzo Cain in the 12 inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Mets Bartolo Colon walks back toward the mound after giving up a bases clearing double by Lorenzo Cain in the 12th inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Two batters later, where Me the Manager would have considered walking Salvador Perez to enhance a double play chance, Perez grounded to Mets third baseman David Wright.

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates after the final out of the 2015 World Series on November 1, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, New York.during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates after the final out of the 2015 World Series on November 1, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, New York.during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Wright looked back Hosmer and then all hell broke loose.  The pictures tell the story.

The Kansas City Royals celebrate on the field after winning the 2015 World Series, defeating the New York Mets four games to one on November 1, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, New York.during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Kansas City Royals celebrate on the field after winning the 2015 World Series, defeating the New York Mets four games to one on November 1, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, New York.during Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The game was then hijacked by the Royals for good three innings later when Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon faced a relentless and hungry Royals lineup to not only take the lead, but the Series in the 12th inning to bring the World Series trophy back to Kansas City.

With one out in the 9th I went from thinking about barbecue in Kansas City Monday night to my postgame photo assignment(s), which were to cover the trophy presentation in the Royals clubhouse, then perhaps more importantly, race back on the field to shoot an ad for Major League Baseball and corporate sponsor Chevrolet with the World Series MVP posed with his new Chevy Camero.

The ad that MLB produced with Chevrolet honoring World Series MLB Salvador Perez. (Copyright Major League Baseball)

The ad that MLB produced with Chevrolet honoring World Series MLB Salvador Perez. (Copyright Major League Baseball)

Salvador Perez was the well deserved MVP and with seconds to spare to size up my “poses” and angles, Perez came out and quickly cooperated as I spent a lengthy 50 seconds taking care of the ad and a shot of Salvi and the Chevrolet representative.

2015 World Series MVP Salvador Perez celebrates after Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

2015 World Series MVP Salvador Perez celebrates after Game Five of the 2015 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

After putting away my gear for the year, I suddenly got bummed… No, it wasn’t the fact that the baseball season was over (although it is a sad day for a baseball guy like myself) but because I realized that for my White Sox to get back to the postseason, it will have to be through Kansas City.

Oh my…

 

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