New PDF release: Ninety Feet Away: The Story of the 2014 Kansas City Royals

By Kent Krause

ISBN-10: 0692406794

ISBN-13: 9780692406793

Few baseball groups matched the luck of the Kansas urban Royals within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. Following their global sequence victory in 1985, the string of postseason appearances appeared more likely to proceed for years yet to come.

But the successful stopped and the once-proud franchise descended into mediocrity. undesirable became to worse within the 2000s whilst the group misplaced 100 video games 4 instances in 5 seasons. gamers and bosses got here and went, however the wasting endured. Mired within the longest playoff drought of any significant American activities crew, Kansas urban grew to become the laughingstock of baseball. Then in 2013 anything unusual occurred: the Royals published a successful checklist. Heading into the subsequent season, KC lovers harbored an optimism no longer obvious because the glory days of Brett, White, McRae, and Saberhagen.

Could this present staff of Royals holiday the three-decade span of playoff futility? counting on pace, security, pitching, and old-school small ball strategies, the 2014 Royals made a second-half cost that clinched a postseason berth for the 1st time due to the fact that 1985. after which the men in Blue hit the accelerator for an October trip that rejected specialists and captivated the country. scuffling with to the ultimate pitch within the 9th inning of online game 7 of the realm sequence, the 2014 Kansas urban Royals accomplished essentially the most memorable campaigns in baseball historical past. Relive this epic season and know about the avid gamers whose championship quest ended simply 90 ft Away.

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We won our first couple games 12–1 and 11–3. When we got on the bus to ride to Dodger Stadium for the championship game, we were so high on ourselves it’s a wonder the bus didn’t float off into the sky. We were positive we were the best team in the city. Nothing was going to stop us. All we had to do was beat Granada Hills, an all-white team from the Valley. They looked great, really professional. We were a bunch of black kids from a penny-pinching inner-city school and we were intimidated. I think playing in that gigantic stadium made us selfconscious, too.

All the other kids staring. Out in the hall, the principal said, “Mr. ” We go to see Mr. Hurst. He’s so excited he’s vibrating. But I played it cool. ” he says. ” I mean, I knew I was going to be drafted. The only question was which team. ” Well, that got my attention. “The New York media wants to speak to you on a conference call,” he said, still bubbling over. And we held a press conference right there in his office. There’s a TV crew, and they unfurl a Mets jersey for me, and I’m on the tele- 38 / DARRYL STR AWBE RRY phone with a bunch of New York sportswriters.

I sure never had any intention of going to Tennessee. To me, Tennessee was somewhere in the South where no young black man went if he didn’t have to. When it was time to board the plane I kissed my mom good-bye and hugged her and didn’t want to let go. I wanted to tell Roger, “Forget it. Rip up my ticket and the contract. ” I may have been a big, tall, strapping lad, but inside I was one scared little rabbit. I wasn’t any happier when I got there. Kingsport was like a foreign country to me. A very small, very white city.

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