2014 Major League Baseball World Series
American League Champion: Kansas City Royals
National League Champion: San Francisco Giants
Game 1: Tuesday, October 21 — Kansas City, MO
Game 2: Wednesday, October 22 — Kansas City, MO
Game 3: Friday, October 24 –San Francisco, CA
Game 4: Saturday, October 25 — San Francisco, CA
Game 5: Sunday, October 26 — San Francisco, CA (if necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday, October 28 — Kansas City, MO (if necessary)
Game 7: Wednesday, October 29 — Kansas City, MO (if necessary)
All games at 8:00 pm and televised on FOX.
Former Pirates on the Kansas City Royals (40-man roster):
1. Erik Kratz, 2010 (.118/.167/.118 in 9 games)
He once took on Prince Fielder…
(Javier Lopez was on the mound for that play… More on him in a minute)
2. Jayson Nix, 2014 (.111/.158/.111 in 16 games) LOL
Former Pirates on the San Francisco Giants (40-man roster):
1. Travis Ishikawa, 2014 (.206/.263/.382 in 15 games)
2. Ryan Vogelsong, 2001-2006 (6.00 ERA in 103 appearances/33 starts)
3. Javier Lopez, 2010 (2.79 ERA in 50 appearances)
4. Hunter Strickland, Minors 2010-2012 (West Virginia, Bradenton, Altoona)
Today the Pirates selected LHP Jonathan Sanchez to the Major League roster and have designated RHP Hunter Strickland for assignment.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 27, 2013
5. Erik Cordier, Minors 2013 (Indianapolis)
6. Jean Machi, Minors 2009-2010 (Altoona & Indianapolis)
Why you should root for the Royals: The ultimate underdog, representing the small markets… Like the Bucs did a year ago, KC finally snapped their multi-decade playoff drought. How can you not like how the Royals are playing right now? They haven’t even lost a game in this postseason. It’d be nice to see some new blood take the title, especially a team like the Royals.
Why you should root for the Giants: Representing the National League, with a bunch of former Bucs. At least it’s not the Cardinals, right? It hurts to know these guys knocked out the Pirates, but at the same time, a San Fran win would make it seem like the Bucs fell at the hands of a very worthy opponent.
Why it doesn’t matter: Neither team is the Pirates.
Why should this matchup give you hope as a Pirate fan?
The Bucs were on an even playing field with the Giants. Both 88-74 in the regular season (PIT 4-2 vs. SF), they faced off in that one-game Wild Card… Unfortunately, things didn’t go the Pirates’ way — but they had a chance to knock out the eventual NL champs.
A Royals win would make me pretty jealous; they’ve felt like the Pirates of the American League for years, but now they’ve made it back to the grand stage. They’re in a similar market as the Bucs, with a similar TV deal and lower attendance, but their payroll was still about $15 million higher this year. A Kansas City title would give hope to all small market teams.
Let’s just hope for a good series.
No more baseball after this (ugh), but a very important offseason for the Pirates awaits.