It's a crazy time in Kansas City, where fans who had gone without postseason baseball since 1985 have been ecstatic while the Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins.
Just three years removed from a stint with the Oaxaca Warriors of the Mexican League, Yusmeiro Petit is headed to the World Series. Without their do-everything right-hander, the Giants might not have made it this far.
David Glass waited a long time to hoist a championship trophy. Now he's enjoying his team's remarkable run and relishing the way its making the hometown fans come alive.
This year, Pablo Sandoval is augmenting the postseason reputation he forged into gold two years ago as World Series MVP. Like teammates Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and others, Sandoval has never lost a postseason series in eight attempts. He is as much a part of San Francisco's success over the past half-decade as anyone, a more significant part than most.
For the first time since the American League Wild Card Game, the Royals will have home-field advantage for a postseason series. But due to the similarity of the opponents, the location of the games could be less of a factor than how it was initially perceived in the ALCS.
Royals manager Ned Yost and one-third of his starting lineup -- shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki -- previously called Miller Park home.
After calls were challenged every 1.9 games and overturned at a 47 percent clip during the first regular season of expanded replay, those numbers have dropped to one challenge every 2.8 games with a reversal rate of 33 percent in the postseason.
Before the Red Sox could complete their baseball miracle in the 2004 ALCS, a bit of a medical science miracle was needed.
Having stuck with one pitching rotation in the Giants' first two postseason series, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he'll maintain his current sequence of starters for the World Series beginning Tuesday in Kansas City (4:30 p.m. PT airtime, 5:07 first pitch). Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's opener on his regular four days' rest. He'll be followed by Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong.
Terrance Gore has not done much besides pinch-run during the Royals' unprecedented 8-0 run to start the postseason, but his spot on their roster for the World Series is not in jeopardy.
When Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner arrived for good in San Francisco during the first half of the 2010 season, no one could have foreseen what would unfold over the next five seasons, and how the pair would become integral parts of a trio of trips to the World Series with the Giants.
Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
The plan is for the Giants to carry their 25-man roster from the National League Championship Series into the World Series, manager Bruce Bochy said during a workout at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon.
While the soaring confidence of the K.C. faithful in these dashing young Royals is fully justified, they haven't seen anything yet quite like this troupe from San Francisco.
Sergio Romo expects plenty of intensity from the Kansas City Royals when they face the Giants in the World Series that begins Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT airtime, 5:07 first pitch). Fortunately for the Giants, they bear no visible scars from their first bout of the year against the Royals -- a three-game sweep by Kansas City in August.
Ned Yost was at Kauffman Stadium to direct his Royals through a workout in preparation for Tuesday night's Game 1 of the 110th World Series against the San Francisco Giants (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with first pitch at 7:07). But he spent several minutes being as expansive and introspective as he's been during his five years as Kansas City's skipper.
Giants relievers Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez were part of the club's World Series championships in 2010 and '12 and once again are playing pivotal roles this October.