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Baseball can be so cruel to players and fans. In the seventh game of the 2014 World Series (last year), the Kansas City Royals left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth. The game was being played in Kansas City. Royals’ fans around the world watched as the San Francisco Giants celebrated their world championship on our field and in our city.
Fast-forward one year and the Royals were back in the series and on a mission. Up three games to one on the New York Mets, the Mets were just about to win game five and send it back to Kansas City for games six and seven. Mets fans had to be feeling pretty cocky.
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had pitched a jewel – his team was ahead 2-0 going into the ninth. Harvey wanted to finish off what he started and convinced his manager, Terry Collins, to let him pitch the ninth inning.
It seems the Royals had the Mets right where they wanted them. Earlier in the playoffs, the Houston Astros had the Royals on the ropes – just six outs from being eliminated, but the Royals prevailed.
Collins let Harvey pitch and the move may haunt the Mets forever. The final was Royals 7, Mets 2. It was a 12 inning game, and a classic in-your-face comeback that the country had come to expect from the Royals.