Eric Hosmer smashed George Brett’s team record for post-season RBI

28 10 2015

I love the good, old days, especially in baseball.

But love for the good, old days gets in the way of accurate reporting. When Joe Buck, as fierce a nostalgist as you’ll find in any broadcast booth, announced Tuesday night that Eric Hosmer had broken George Brett‘s franchise record for career post-season RBI, Buck had to note that we play more post-season rounds now (so the records from way back when supposedly mean more).

I love George Brett. I stood to applaud him in Royals Stadium (before it became Kaufman) more times than I can remember.

But let’s get the fact straight: We do have more rounds of the post-season now, but Brett played in the post-season seven different years. Hosmer is in his second post-season.

Here are the facts: George Brett drove his 23 post-season runs home in 43 games. Hosmer drove his 25th post-season run home Monday night (winning the game in the 14th inning). That was his 27th post-season game. Update: Two hours after I posted this, Hosmer got this 26th and 27th RBI in his 28th post-season games. Read the rest of this entry »

In late and extra innings, the Royals win again and again

28 10 2015

The Royals’ Game One win in 14 innings, after coming from behind on Alex Gordon‘s ninth-inning homer, was special. But not really. Coming back, scoring in late innings and prevailing in extra innings are what these Kansas City Royals do in the post-season.

Starting with last Sept. 30’s wild card game, the Royals have:

  • Come from behind 7-3 after seven innings and 8-7 in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Oakland A’s.
  • Beat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings in Game One of the 2014 Division Series.
  • Beat the Angels 4-1 in 11 innings in Game Two.
  • Beat the Orioles 8-6 in 10 innings in Game One of the 2014 American League Championship Series.
  • Scored two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Orioles 6-4 in Game Two of the ALCS.
  • Trailed the Orioles 1-0, but scored in the fourth and sixth innings for a 2-1 win in Game Three of the ALCS.
  • The Royals took and kept leads in all three of their wins and didn’t play any extra innings in the 2014 World Series, which they lost to the Giants. They came tantalizingly close, though, with Gordon reaching third base with the potential tying run in Game Seven. In the context of this outstanding run, Madison Bumgarner‘s ability to shut the Royals down in the late innings truly stands out.
  • Fell behind the Houston Astros 4-2, then scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to win 5-4 in Game Two of the 2015 Division Series.
  • Trailed the Astros 6-2 after seven innings, then scored five runs in the eighth inning and two in the ninth to win 9-6 in Game Four.
  • Trailed the Astros 2-0 after three innings before winning 7-2 in the deciding Game Five.
  • Trailed the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning and one in the eighth to win 6-3 in Game Two of the 2015 ALCS.
  • Blew a 3-1 lead to enter the eighth inning tied, then scored the winning run in the eighth after a rain delay to clinch the ALCS in Game Six.
  • Tied Game One of the 2015 World Series on Gordon’s ninth-inning homer, then beat the New York Mets 5-4 in the 14th.

The Royals’ bullpen has won 13 games in this amazing run, not just because of excellent late pitching but because the offense never gives up.

If this isn’t the best stretch of comebacks and late-inning and extra-inning heroics in post-season history, I’d like to know what is.

And don’t forget: This builds on a strong, but distant, tradition of late-inning excellence from a generation ago that includes the Game Six comeback in the 1985 World Series and George Brett’s memorable 1980 homer against Goose Gossage, trailing 2-1 and giving the Royals a 4-2 win and a series sweep.

When it comes to the Royals, opponents better heed the advice of Yankee legend (and former Met manager) Yogi Berra: It ain’t over till it’s over.

Journalists should have waited to report the death of Edinson Volquez’s father

28 10 2015

On my journalism blog, The Buttry Diary, I posted on the journalism ethics of reporting the death of Edinson Vólquez’s father.

Deepest sympathy to Vólquez.

That was a hell of a game last night. I don’t have time to blog about it today. But it was one of the best ever.