We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.
Today: The Kansas City Royals host the Oakland Athletics in their first postseason game in 29 years.
The Kansas City Royals have finally resurfaced. After 29 years without making it to the postseason, the 2014 squad coached by Ned Yost, has earned a spot in the Wild Card game. And while the Wild Card game might be a tough break for a team with playoff hopes, the Royals are coming in with momentum or at least a sense of drive.
The Royals spent the better part of September jockeying for first in the AL Central with the Detroit Tigers. With neither team taking more than a 2-game lead on the other, the two teams met for the final time in mid-September. The Tigers won the series two games to one, and never relinquished their division lead, despite a valiant effort from the Royals down the stretch.
So now with 89 wins under their belt, an absolutely amped crowd at Kauffman Stadium, and a chance to change their franchise mentality, the Royals are ready.
This Royals team is the dream rebuild prototype. Through the draft they’ve been able to build a solid core of young talent. Names like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Greg Holland, Danny Duffy, Bill Butler, Alex Gordon, and Jarrod Dyson were all picked in the draft from poor performance aided high rounds.
Building from the inside out, the Royals were then able to acquire outside talent with relative ease and for their appropriate value. Bringing in guys like Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis, and Alcides Escobar, and the Good James Shields in trades, while signing young talents like Salvador Perez, the late Yordano Ventura, and Kelvin Herrera, rounded out this Royals team in a big way.
No matter how you look at it, the 2014 Kansas City Royals were a near-perfectly constructed ball club.
You can say the same for the Oakland Athletics, sitting in the visitor’s dugout.
The 2014 Oakland Athletics have been gunning for Wild Card spot since the beginning of September. After leading the AL West for the better part of the year, the A’s fell off the map, leaving room for the Angels to take the division title, with room to spare. Heading into the last week of the season, this game looked like it would be played in Oakland.
However, the Athletics finished out the season with a 4-4 record, dropping them one game behind the Royals and a game ahead of the Seattle Felix Hernandezs.
With an offense powered by Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes, and the solid gold arms of Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and the deadline acquisition of former Red Sox Ace Jon Lester, the A’s are a formidable opponent for the Royals.
The only question is, who will come out on top?
See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.
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