At the top of the ninth inning, it looked like the World Series would have a Game Six. The Kansas City Royals were down 2-0, and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was on fire. The score swing in the ninth inning may not have been huge, but it was just what the Royals needed to take the game into extra innings. The tenth and eleventh innings passed quietly. Neither team scored until the top of the twelfth when Kansas City scored five times to make the score 7-2. Three outs later, the Royals were rushing onto the field and celebrating a World Series win for the first time in thirty years.
It was a very different ending from the 2014 World Series for the Royals. They were one run away from winning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven. That loss at home was motivation for them to go all the way this year. Signs made by Royals fans read “Party Like it’s 1985!” The streets of Kansas City were filled with celebrating fans, jumping and cheering and crying after their long-awaited championship.
The Royals led the series 3-1 going into the game, and a win for the Mets in Game Five would have made for a very interesting Game Six. The Mets have not won the World Series since 1986. They had a winning season this year for the first time since 2008 and had a very good shot at winning the World Series. They led every single game of the series, forcing the Royals to work hard and fight to come back and win.
The regular season starts again on April 4, 2016. Among the games that kick off the season? Royals vs. Mets.