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Of course, the rest is history. The Royals were down to their final 6 outs as they trailed the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 4 of the ALDS, down 2-1 in the series. Hope seemed to be lost, but this magical team pulled out a victory and Johnny Cueto was able push the team into the ALCS to face the dangerous Toronto Blue Jays.
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The Royals strung together amazing victories, comeback after comeback, to send the Jays home after 6 games. The Royals were headed to their second straight World Series with serious unfinished business to take care of. The New York Mets drew the short straw of having to play the surging Kansas City Comeback Kids.
With a bad taste in their mouths from the 2014 Fall Classic, the Royals won the first two games, lost Game 3, but won Games 4 and 5 to (according to Jonny Gomes) “whoop their a**.” The Kansas City Royals, for the first time in 30 years, stood superior and strong at the top of Major League Baseball. Somewhere between Rivera and Ruth will stand this truly unbelievable group of men, now known as World Champions.
Team leader and All-Star catcher Salvador Perez won the World Series MVP, but every single Royals player played a key role in their victories. If there’s one thing to remember about this team, it’s that this team will never give up. The Royals faced a deficit in 8 of their 11 postseason wins this year and in outstanding fashion, captured the attention of the entire baseball world. The Royals stand on top as the 2015 World Champions. Royals fans: celebrate this team, do not forget these moments and never doubt the Kansas City Royals.
During the offseason, Moore and Yost will likely try to resign free agents Alex Gordon and Ben Zobrist. The return of Greg Holland and Johnny Cueto are unlikely, but the 2016 KC Royals will not be to trifled with.
The team will receive their World Series rings on Opening Day of the 2016 season on April 4 at the K, against the New York Mets.