With a record of 89-73 this past regular season in Major League Baseball and after a win against the Chicago White Sox on September 28, the Kansas City Royals claimed the wild card spot to make the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, their previous appearance in 1985.
To put it into perspective, the Royals have not made it into the playoffs since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In 1985, Windows 1.0 had just been released, CD’s were just introduced to the public, and the average cost for a gallon of gas was $1.20.
Leading the Royals was left center Alex Gordon with 19 home runs, shortstop Alcides Escobar with 165 hits, and center field man Jarrod Dyson with 36 stolen bases.
The Royals have advanced through he playoffs into the World Series after a 9-8 win against he Oakland Athletics in the wild card game, defeating the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series, and defeating the Baltimore Orioles in the Championship Series.
This Royals success has given Kansas City fans something to cheer about and appreciate. The Royals are bound to face either the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Series Championship.