Golden Baseball Magazine

The Ultimate Game

This series presents the final game of each post-season series that went all the way.
Until 1946, that means World Series Game Sevens (none of the best-of-nine World Series went the full length).
2014 - Game 7: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals

Ned Yost

James Shields

Yordano Ventura

Jason Vargas

Tim Lincecum

Ryan Vogelsong

Sergio Romo

Royals fans before Game 7.

Crowd before Game 7

Jeremy Guthrie

Gregor Blanco

Tim Hudson

Alcides Escobar

Nori Aoki

Eric Hosmer

Hunter Pence raps single in 2nd.

Brandon Belt

Brandon Crawford

Juan Perez

Billy Butler

Gordon doubles in 2nd.

Mike Moustakas

Gordon safe at 3rd on fly to left in 2nd.

Salvador Perez plunked by Hudson.

Omar Infante

Gordon celebrates with Moustakas after scoring in 2nd.

Jeremy Affeldt

Kelvin Herrera

Morse celebrates after RBI single in 4th.

Pence races to 3rd on Morse's hit.

Crawford turns DP in 4th.

Pablo Sandoval fires to 1st.

Madison Bumgarner jogs in from bullpen.

Wade Davis

Lorenzo Cain after popping out in 8th.

Greg Holland

Gordon heads to 3rd in 9th.

Posey and Bumgarner rejoice as Perez heads to dugout.

Yost salutes the crowd after the game.

Bochy hugs Bumgarner.

Hudson and trophy sprayed.

Alex Gordon talks to reporters.

Fiery celebration in San Francisco.

The Kansas City Royals named Ned Yost their manager on May 13, 2010, despite the fact that he had been fired by the Milwaukee Brewers near the end of the 2008 season.
  • Ned cut his teeth as a coach with the Atlanta Braves from 1991-2002 under manager Bobby Cox and GM John Schuerholz.
  • The knock on Yost as a manager was that his teams played inconsistently. His handling of the bullpen, lineup strategies, and bench management were blamed. His in-game decisions were ridiculed so often that it became popular to refer to any managerial move that didn't work out as being "Yosted."
  • He had revitalized the Brewers franchise when he took the reins for the 2003 season. They went from losing records to championship contender in the NL Central.
  • He was voted Manager of the Year in 2007 despite the fact that his team squandered a large lead in the division and again missed the playoffs.
  • He was fired with only 12 games remaining in the regular season after Milwaukee lost 11 of their last 14 games to fall out of the wild card position. 3B coach Dale Sveum took over and led the Brewers back to the wild card spot on the last day of the season for the franchise's first trip to the postseason since 1982 when they made it to the World Series.

When Yost became the Royals' skipper, the franchise had not made the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985.

  • His first season saw KC fall from fourth in the AL Central in '09 to fifth. But they began inching higher each year after that: 4th again in '11, 3rd in '12 (16 games behind) and '13 (7 games out), then 2nd in 2014, only a game behind the Detroit Tigers.
  • But that second place finish, thanks to a 6-2 mark in their last eight games, gained them a spot in the wild card playoff. Playing at home because of their better record, the Royals outlasted the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings.
  • Yost's club shocked the baseball world by sweeping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in three games in the Division Series. Two of the games went 11 innings.
  • Their hot streak continued with a four-game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles to capture the AL pennant. KC won the first game in 10th and the second with a boring 9th-inning heroics.
  • Their eight straight post-season wins was a first in baseball history, relegating the seven-game streaks of the '76 Reds and '07 Rockies to second place. (The '76 Reds remain the only team to go undefeated in the playoffs since the start of the divisional era in 1969.)
  • Royals fans were quick to point out that their team had actually won eleven straight postseason games, including the last three against the Cardinals in the '85 Fall Classic.

LF Alex Gordon was the batting star on the team that finished ninth in the AL in runs scored.

  • He led the club in runs (87), RBI (74), HR (19), and Slugging % (.432).
  • CF Lorenzo Cain topped the lineup in average (.301). He also had a great ALCS against the Orioles, going 8-for-15 (.533).
  • Eric Hosmer also caught fire in the postseason. The first-sacker hit .400 in both the ALDS and ALCS. He drove in seven with two HRs.

The Royals ranked seventh in the AL in ERA (3.51)

  • Righthanders James Shields and Yordano Ventura tied for the team lead in wins with 14. They also posted almost identical ERAs, 3.21 and 3.20 respectively.
  • 35-year-old Jeremy Guthrie won 13 games, and southpaw Jason Vargas added 11.
  • The closer par excellence was Greg Holland with 46, second in the AL to Seattle's Fernando Rodney. Holland had saved two of the three victories over the Angels and all four ALCS triumphs. He suffered only three blown saves all season.

The San Francisco Giants, World Series champions in 2010 and 2012, continued their streak of even-year success.

  • Like the Royals, the Giants finished 2nd in the West Division, six games behind the Dodgers. They roared out to a 10-game lead by June 8 but went 45-53 the rest of the way to limp into the playoffs.
  • Manager Bruce Bochy had to use his top pitcher, Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98), in the Wild Card game, and he responded with an 8-0 shutout over the Pirates.
  • SF then took on Washington, the team with the most wins in the NL at 96. The only game the Nationals won in the NLDS was the game that Bumgarner pitched. The Giants won each of the other three games by one run: 3-2, 2-1, and 3-2. Neither team scored more than four runs in any game.
  • That brought the Giants head to head with the St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated Clayton Kershaw twice in eliminating Los Angeles in four, erasing a 6-1 deficit in Game One.
  • But St. Louis had no magic in the NLCS, bowing in five games. Bumgarner threw another shutout in the opener, 3-0. He also pitched eight innings in the clincher.
  • Bochy entered his fourth World Series as a manager, including one with the Padres in '98.

Like the Royals again, the Giants didn't finish in the top four of their league in either ERA or runs.

  • They were fifth in runs (665) and tied for seventh in ERA (3.50).
  • The link between the runs scored and the ERA of the pitching staff was C Buster Posey, the team leader in HR (22), RBI (89) and BA (.311).
  • Two other top hitters were 3B Pablo Sandoval (.279, 73 RBI, 16 HR) and RF Hunter Pence (.277, 74 RBI, 20 HR).
  • After Bumgarner, the rest of the starting staff made you wonder how on earth the Giants won the pennant. The next three starters were righthanders in their 30s. Tim Lincecum (30) won 12 but had a 4.74 ERA. Tim Hudson (38) went only 9-13 (3.57 ERA). Ryan Vogelsong won 12 and lost 9 (4.00 ERA).
  • Sergio Romo led the club with 23 saves. But down the stretch, Santiago Casilla became the closer, ending with 18. Romo became the 8th-inning setup man.

Despite their lack of World Series experience, the Royals opened as slight favorites (5/6) to win the series.

  • Some pundits tied the Giants' chances to those of their ace, 25-year-old Madison Bumgarner. Frisco needed him to win the first and fifth games for them to take their third championship in the last five years.
  • Despite throwing 249 innings in the regular season and postseason, the southpaw said, I feel the best I've felt all year for the last probably two months. I feel really good.
  • SF manager Bruce Bochy laughed when asked if he had asked Madison how he felt. The skipper said his ace would probably feel insulted by the question.
  • He's one of those performers you can count on when he gets the ball, said C Buster Posey. His stuff so far has been really sharp this postseason. It doesn't look like he's tired.
  • Bumgarner had started once in both the 2010 and 2012 Series against Texas and Detroit respectively. You couldn't ask for much more from a pitcher.
    Year IP H R ER K BB
    2010 8 3 0 0 6 2
    2012 7 2 0 0 8 2
    Totals 15 5 0 0 14 4
Fox again telecast the Series with Joe Buck calling the action alongside color analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. Field reporters were Ken Rosenthal and Eric Andrews. Reynolds replaced longtime Fox analyst Tim McCarver, who retired after the '13 Fall Classic. The Series started on a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday for the first time since 1990. The ratings would be the second lowest in baseball history (after the 2012 series).
Series Results
  1. Tuesday, October 21 @ Kansas City: Giants 7 Royals 1
    WP: Madison Bumgarner; LP: James Shields
  2. Wednesday, October 22 @ Kansas City: Royals 7 Giants 2
    WP: Mike Adams; LP: Jason Motte
  3. Friday, October 24 @ San Francisco: Royals 3 Giants 2
    WP: Lance Lynn; LP: Matt Harrison
  4. Saturday, October 25 @ San Francisco: Giants 11 Royals 4
    WP: Yusmeiro Petit; LP: Brandon Finnegan
  5. Sunday, October 26 @ San Francisco: Giants 5 Royals 0
    WP: Madison Bumgarner; LP: James Shields
  6. Tuesday, October 28 @ Kansas City: Royals 10 Giants 0
    WP: Yordano Ventura; LP: Jake Peavy
Bumgarner did what the Giants needed him to do.
  • He pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in Game 1 although his consecutive scoreless innings streak in World Series games ended at 21 2/3 on a HR by Salvador Perez.
  • Madison threw a 117-pitch four-hit shutout in Game 5. He had to protect a tight two-run lead after four innings until the Giants piled on three in the bottom of the 8th. Bochy was second-guessed for allowing him to pitch the 9th.
  • Could he pitch in relief in Game 7 if needed? I've already talked to Madison and he says, "Listen, if you need me, in fact, I'm good to go. I'm ready to go," said Bochy before Game 6. So for certain he would be available for Game 7.
  • The Royals had profited in Game 6 from being back home and able to put DH Billy Butler back in the lineup. It's just a big comfort level having him back in there, Yost said. Billy is a big presence in that lineup offensively for us. Right in the middle of the lineup, he's been a proven run producer.
  • Kansas City had scored 18 runs in the three Series games at home but only 7 in the three in San Francisco.
  • The Giants hoped to end a World Series streak in which the visiting team had not won Game 7 since 1979 when the Pirates topped the Orioles.
  • Each manager decided to go with a veteran righthander for Game 7 - 35-year-old Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals and Tim Hudson, age 39, for the Giants. Guthrie will be backed up with everybody we got, said Yost.
    Hudson became the oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 by 15 days over Roger Clemens (Yankees, 2001). Tim had been bothered by a sore right hip the latter part of the season. His record on June 12 was 7-2. He went 2-12 the rest of the way.
  • Jeremy had pitched five innings in Game 3, allowing two runs on four hits. Tim, appearing in his first World Series but a veteran of twelve starts in the postseason starting in 2000 with Oakland, had been Guthrie's opponent in Game 3, lasting 5 2/3 innings with three runs on four hits.
  • Both managers promised quick hooks if their starters showed the slightest signs of faltering.
    The World Series had finally made a celebrity of KC manager Ned Yost. In September, I could go anywhere in this town and maybe get recognized by one out of 30 people. I can't go anywhere in this town now without being recognized by everybody, which is kind of strange and different for me. Even when we were in San Francisco - I guess being on TV every night for a month it's been different - I was shocked at how many people would stop me on the street walking down to get a cup of coffee to take pictures.
    The '14 team also made the Royals relevant in Kansas City again. This team is too young to understand how special it is or what they've done, said Bret Saberhagen, the star hurler on the '85 World Champions. I know I didn't understand (in '85). We didn't understand. We were too young back then. But what we did in 1985 will always resonate with this city.
  • Several hours before game time, Bochy met with his pitching coach, Dave Righetti, and other members of the staff to map out a worst-case scenario for the evening. What if he had to pull Hudson early? They decided that Jeremy Affeldt would be the first reliever to come in to get out of a jam. Hopefully, the southpaw could pitch long enough to get to Bumgarner, who would come in only to start an inning. Madison would be the bridge to Romo and Casilla. Bochy would be happy if MadBum gave him two or three innings.
San Francisco Lineup
Gregor Blanco CF
Joe Panik 2B
Buster Posey C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hunter Pence RF
Brandon Belt 1B
Mike Morse DH
Brandon Crawford SS
Juan Perez LF
Kansas City Lineup
Alcides Escobar SS
Nori Aoki RF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Alex Gordon LF
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Omar Infante 2B
Game time temperature was 55° but dropped a little as the night went on. A 5 mph breeze blew toward RF. Attendance was 40,535 in the baseball-only stadium.

1st inning

  • Jeremy Guthrie started CF Gregor Blanco (only .182 in the Series) with three straight changeups, then got an easy fly to CF Lorenzo Cain.
    Rookie Joe Panik (.246) bounced out 3-1.
    C Buster Posey was hitting .262 as the man that KC vowed would not beat them. He had 17 hits in the post-season, all singles. Buster shattered his bat and hit a grounder wide of 3B. Mike Moustakas made an all-out dive, scurried to his feet, and threw out the batter.

    Posey breaks his bat grounding out.
  • Tim Hudson had been dealing with a sore right hip the second half of the season. Determined the keep the ball down, he got SS Alcides Escobar to line hard to LF Juan Perez.
    RF Nori Aoki worked a full-count walk.
    CF Lorenzo Cain hit a grounder to Sandoval who got the runner at 2B, but the Royals' CF was too fleet for the double play.
    1B Eric Hosmer (.377 for the post-season with 20 hits) was a notorious first-ball fastball hitter. He swung through the first delivery on his way to taking one down the middle on a 1-2 fastball.
2nd inning
  • 3B Pablo Sandaval, playing what would likely be his last game for the Giants before free agency, was hit by a pitch that grazed his elbow.
    RF Hunter Pence (.323), with his pants above his kneecaps, grounded an 0-2 pitch between 3B and SS. Sandoval stopped at 2nd.
    The Royals had pounded 1B Brandon Belt inside the whole Series. With Bochy eschewing the sacrifice, Belt hit a low liner through the 3-4 hole to load the bases.
    DH Michael Morse (.294) lined to RF Aoki who caught the ball running back toward the line. Sandoval scored easily, and Pence raced to 3rd.
    SS Brandon Crawford (5-for-6 against Guthrie) hit a fly to CF deep enough to score Pence.
    Lefty Brandon Finnegan began throwing for the home team.
    LF Juan Perez (.222) fanned.
    Giants 2 Royals 0
  • DH Billy Butler (.263) hit a ground single just to the left of the 2B bag.
    LF Alex Gordon (just .143) smashed a liner to the RCF wall. Butler chugged home as Gordon reached 2B.
    Hudson hit Salvador Perez on the left leg with a ball that rode inside. The C had difficulty getting to his feet after playing 158 games behind the plate, the most in the big leagues. He limped to 1B.
    The delay allowed lefty Jeremy Affeldt to get ready in the SF bullpen. Righty Tim Lincecum threw alongside him.
    3B Mike Moustakas hit a liner to LF. Perez took a few steps back and caught it, then was surprised to see Gordon racing to 3rd. The belated threw was too late.

    Gordon scores on sacrifice fly.
    2B Omar Infante hit a liner to CF Cain, who caught it in his tracks but couldn't throw out the tying run at the plate.
    Escobar lined the first pitch through the 5-6 hole to put runners on 1st and 2nd.
    Bochy had seen enough and brought in Affeldt to face the lefthanded-hitting Aoki.
    It was the earliest Affeldt had ever entered a game.
    Aoki hit a high chop off the plate over the pitcher's head that Crawford caught at the bag for a forceout.
    Giants 2 Royals 2

3rd inning

  • Blanco tapped to the mound.
    Guthrie got Panik looking.
    Posey waved at an outside pitch to end the 1-2-3 inning.
  • Cain lined Affeldt's eighth pitch into RF for a single.
    Hosmer smashed a low liner past the pitcher's mound. Panik dove to his right, speared the ball on the first hop, and tossed to Crawford for the force at 2nd. The SS's twisting flat-footed throw was ruled too late to double up the batter, who unwisely dove headfirst into the bag. Bochy challenged the call and won after a 2:57 replay delay. Panik's sensational stop turned a potential 1st-and-3rd no out situation into two-out none on.

    Panik flips to 2nd with glove after diving stop.
    It was the first World Series call to be overturned by MLB's expanded replay rules.
    Butler made Affeldt throw nine pitches before bouncing to SS.
4th inning
  • The Giants started the 4th as they did the 2nd by putting Sandoval and Pence on base.
    Pablo bounced up the middle. 2B Escobar fielded the ball barehanded to his right but slipped on the grass at the edge of the infield as he tried to throw and bounced the ball to 1B too late.
    Hard-throwing righthander Kelvin Herrera got up in a hurry in the KC pen.
    Pence lined a low pitch on one hop to Cain in CF as Sandival advanced a base.
    P coach Dave Eiland spoke to Guthrie but made no change.
    Belt flew to LF Gordon who caught the ball running toward the warning track. That allowed Sandoval to tag and go to 3rd.
    Herrera came in to pitch.
    The contest became the first Game 7 where neither starting pitcher lasted more than 3 1/3 innings.
    Throwing in the high 90s, Kelvin got ahead of Morse 0-2 before the batter broke his bat on a bloop single into RF to put the Giants ahead and send Pence to 3rd.

    Morse connects on go-ahead hit.
    Crawford looked at a nasty 98mph 3rd strike on the outside corner.
    Perez rolled out 6-3.
    Giants 3 Royals 2
  • Continuing to eat up outs in what turned into his longest post-season outing, Affeldt hit Gordon with a curve that got away from him but immediately coaxed a 4-6-3 DP ball from Perez, who hobbled to 1st as best he could after being hit in the 2nd.

    Panik starts double play.
    Moustakis grounded to Sandoval, playing at the SS's usual position because of the shift.
5th inning
  • Blanco hit a liner to LF that Gordon, a former Gold Glover, caught over his head on the run.
    Madison Bumgarner began tossing in the SF bullpen.
    Panik whiffed on a sinking changeup from the fireballer.
    Looking frustrated with his 4-for-24 Series mark, Posey took a called third strike on the inside corner.
  • Bumgarner took the ball with the expectation that he would finish the game.
    Yost had said before the game: Bumgarner's a great starting pitcher. We'll see what kind of reliever he is.
    Infante smacked a 93mph fastball on one hop to Pence in RF.
    Escobar showed bunt on a low curve as Sandoval came in at 3B to the grass. Then the batter bunted in front of the plate and was out 1-4 to send the potential tying run to 2nd.
    The Fox announcers wondered why Yost took the bat out of righty Escobar's hands to bring up lefty Aoki, who was 0-for-16 against Bumgarner. Nori hit a liner just inside the LF line but Perez, positioned over that way, caught it on the run.
    Cain struck out.
    C Posey expected Bumgarner would throw three innings, then turn the game over to setup man Sergio Romo and closer Santiago Casilla, who had thrown just four pitches the entire Series.
6th inning
  • For the third time, Sandoval led off an inning by reaching base, this time lining a high outside fastball into LF.
    Could Pence continue his streak of following Sandoval with a single? No. He hit the first delivery into a 6-4-3 DP.
    The twin killing loomed large when Belt singled to RF on a 99mph fastball.
    Morse took strike three to finish a solid three-inning outing by Herrera.
  • Having set an NL record with 48 2/3 innings of pitched in one post-season, Bumgarner mowed down the Royals 4-5-6 hitters.
    Hosmer popped to SS.
    Butler skied to CF.
    Blanco also caught Gordon's fly.

7th inning

  • Righthander Wade Davis took the hill and retired the Giants in order.
    Crawford fanned on a pitch in the dirt.
    Perez also went down swinging.
    Blanco, down to .148, grounded to the right of Escobar, who speared the ball on the short hop and threw on the run for the out.
  • Pitching like a machine, Madison mowed down the Royals.
    Perez - fly to RF.
    Moustakas - grounder to 3B.
    Infante - strikeout swinging.
8th inning
  • The KC bullpen continued their fine work of keeping the Giants from getting an insurance run.
    Panek looked at strike three on the outside corner.
    Posey went to 0-for-4 with a groundout to 2nd.
    Sandoval wasn't leading off but continued on a tear by doubling past the diving Moustakas into the LF corner.
    Infante threw out Pence.
  • With nobody up in the bullpen, Bumgarner kept rolling.
    Escobar tried to stop his swing on a pitch up in his eyes but was called out by 1B umpire Eric Cooper.
    Yost continued to show faith in lefthanded-hitting Aoki without success, Crawford to Belt.
    Madison retired his 11th straight batter when Cain popped to 2nd.
    Giants GM Brian Sabean and some of his assistants made his way down from a press level box to the visitors' clubhouse. There he saw workers hanging plastic sheets over the lockers to protect them from the champagne celebration. Unlike his former boss, George Steinbrenner, in 2001, Sabean wasn't superstitious and didn't order the preparations stopped until the last out was recorded. His entourage watched the rest of the game on a TV in a side room.
9th inning
  • KC closer Greg Holland took over in the 9th, not to save the championship but keep his club a run behind.
    Infante threw out Belt.
    Morse, whose RBI single put the Giants ahead in the 4th, swung a low outside slider.
    Crawford swung through a 3-2 pitch.
  • The Giants closer, Santiago Casilla, who hadn't allowed a run in his last 17 post-season appearances, went to work in the bullpen.
    But even after 52 pitches on two days' rest, Bumgarner took the mound for his fifth inning of work.
    With the crowd on its feet chanting "Let's go, Royals!," he fell behind Hosmer 2-0, then got a favorable call on the outside corner for strike one. Eric soon whiffed on a 92mph heater.
    Madison now faced his toughest matchup - Billy Butler, who could handle the inside pitch. No problem. He fouled to Belt.
    Alex Gordon represented the Royals' last hope. He lined the second pitch to the right of CF Blanco, who made the decision to let the ball drop but too late. The short hop got by him and rolled to the wall. Then Perez, racing over from LF, fumbled the ball trying to pick it up. Gordon ended up on 3rd in what the scorer ruled a single and a two-base error on the CF.
    Just like that, KC had the tying run on 3rd as the pandemonium reigned.

    Gordon singles to LCF.
    Gordon's hit broke a string of 14 retired in a row by Bumgarner.
    : When it got by him (Blanco), I had a smile on my face. I thought maybe I could score, but he (Perez) got to it quickly enough. I just put my head down and ran, almost fell around second base, was just waiting for Jirsch (3B coach Mike Jirschele) to give me the signal. It was a good hold. He had the ball in plenty of time
    said he had two competing options in mind as he charged toward the ball: catch it or hold Gordon to a single. It's not an easy situation to be in, to try to go for that ball, but at the same time I realized that I couldn't dive for it. But it was too late. The ball passed me by. It gave me a really bad hop, and I couldn't handle it.
    on fumbling the ball at the wall: I was kind of rushing a little bit. I had time to get the ball in. I should have taken my time to get the ball and throw it in. And I grabbed it and missed it, and I said to myself, "He might send him home," so I was making sure I made a good throw to Crawford so he can get the ball, and after that he would do the rest.
    : I didn't see it (the error), but I was starting to get a little nervous. He (Gordon) can run a little bit, and this is a big outfield. So I was just wanting someone to get it and get it in, which they did in plenty of time. But it was a little nerve-wracking.
    Bochy still made no move to bring in his closer. In fact, he decided that not only would Madison face Perez, a righthanded hitter, but he would also stay, if necessary, to face the next man, Moustakas, a lefty.
    Perez stepped in with a chance to tie the game with a hit.
    Madison knew from the scouting reports that the Royals hitters liked to drive outside pitches the opposite. Also, they were aggressive and eager to play the hero, even expanding the strike zone to do so rather than a take a way. So throughout the Series, he had pitched them inside and, when ahead in the count, try to lure them to swing at a bad pitch. So his plan was to throw Perez nothing but fastballs a little bit higher than high.
    First pitch - swing and miss on a high 92mph fastball.
    Second pitch - laid off another high hard one.
    Third pitch - swung through another shoulder-high fastball.
    Fourth pitch - too high to be tempting. 2-and-2.
    Fifth pitch - fouled back another 92mph heater.
    Sixth pitch, his 68th of the game - popped up to Sandoval in foul territory.
    The official scorers initially awarded the victory to Bumgarner. But an hour after the game, they switched and gave the win to Affeldt, the pitcher of record when the Giants took the lead, and a save to Madison.

Bumgarner with championsihp trophy.


The MVP award could only go to Madison Bumgarner, who also won the award in the NLCS. His final numbers for one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history looked like this:
Record: 2-0 Saves: 1 IP: 21.0 H: 9 R: 1 ER: 1 K: 17 BB: 1 ERA: 0.43

Giants Clubhouse

  • Bochy: I'm numb through all this. You're so blessed or fortunate to get in the World Series and get to one; it just doesn't happen very often. I'm amazed at what these guys did.
    On his MVP: Truly incredible what he did throughout the postseason. I told him I can't believe what he accomplished through all of this. He's such a humble guy and we rode him pretty good. ... He kept telling me, "I'm ready to go." He said, "Just put me in anytime," and it couldn't have worked out better. It's historic what this kid has done. Really, truly amazing.
    On free-agent-to-be 3B Pablo Sandoval (who had been the MVP of the '12 World Series): Great players have a way of rising to the occasion. He did that. You could see a difference in Pablo once the postseason started. His focus, this 3B play was as good as I've seen from any third baseman.
  • After saying throughout the postseason that his arm felt fine, Bumgarner admitted after the game, I can't lie to you anymore. I'm a little bit tired. Asked if he had an innings number in mind when he took the hill, Madison replied, Innings? I wasn't thinking about innings or pitch count. I was just thinking about getting outs, getting outs until I couldn't get them anymore and we needed someone else. Fortunately I was able to get some quick innings, and I was able to stay in there.
  • Hudson responded to a question about whether the Giants qualified as a "dynasty." Even if there wasn't a title this year, how could you not describe it as one? Getting to the World Series three out of the last five years is truly amazing.
  • Asked the same question, GM Brian Sabean replied that it was not for me to answer. Did he even care? I care for our fans. I care for the organization. That'd be a nice thing to be said. But you do these jobs, you put teams together, and you don't think, "I'm putting a dynasty together," or "Boy, I'm a failure" if I haven't been a general manager for a dynasty. Somebody else figures that out.
    Sabean ran the scouting department for the Yankees from 1986-92. As Tom Verducci wrote in Sports Illustrated (10-14-2014), He saw how George Steinbrenner kept his staff on a competitive edge. At any moment he might call upon you for an opinion or a solution which meant you had to be prepared at all times. Winning was stressed at every level of the minors, so everyone learned how to deal with pressure. Sabean liked to refer to the Giants as the "Yankees of the West."
  • Posey on the dynasty question: In this day and age? If it's not, it's as close as you're going to get. The catcher was asked if there was any conversation in the dugout about how long Bumgarner would stay on the mound. Not much of anything. I think everybody could see how good he was. They weren't putting great swings on him.

Royals Clubhouse

  • Yost: To end up losing the ballgame by 90 feet is tough. ... Madison Bumgarner, what can you say about him? MVP. That's a no brainer.
    On trying to score against Bumgarner: Yeah, it was hopeless.
    Ned admitted that he was hoping for a second that Gordon would try for the plate in the 9th.
  • 3B coach Mike Jirschele on holding up Gordon in the 9th: Even though there's two outs, if he's going to be out by a mile, I'm not just going to give them that last out. Once they got that ball to Crawford, I saw we had no shot. To me, right there, if we have a chance to score him, and I feel it's going to take a perfect throw to get him, I'll send him and take a chance. i just felt that there was no chance that he was going to score.
  • DH Billy Butler: It hurts really bad right now. But I'm proud to have been a part of it, especially being here from square one. We'll get 'em next time.
The celebration in downtown San Francisco after the Giants' victory turned violent in some areas. Three people were injured, two by gunfire and one in a stabbing. Police officers were hut by bottles thrown by revelers, and police made arrests.

San Francisco victory celebration
Reference: "Continuity Principals," Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated (11/10/2014)
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