The date was Nov. 1, 2015. OK, well it actually bled into Nov. 2, thanks to Game 5 running to 12 innings. Regardless, the Kansas City Royals had scored two runs in the ninth inning to tie the Mets and send the game to extras before putting a five-spot on the board in the 12th and then closing things down with ease in the bottom half.
The Kansas City Royals were World Series champions. It came in a season where they won 95 regular-season games and just one year removed from leaving the tying run 90 feet away in Game 7 of the World Series. Two straight pennants and a World Series title? The Royals had cemented themselves as the top power in the American League.
When the Royals started last season 8-2 and then 12-6, it looked like we’d be in for more of the same.