There are few words that excite a sports fan more than “Game seven.” It is not often that a championship series makes it to a full seven game series. That is exactly what the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants gave sports fans on Wednesday night.
The last game 7 in major sports took place two years ago in the NBA Finals as the Miami Heat were able to knock off the San Antonio Spurs. The last time in baseball was 2011 when the St Louis Cardinals in baseball beating the Texas Rangers in game 7. There is just something so exciting about game 7. All the hard work players put into the season and off season, all the training and practice comes down to one final game for everybody involved.
No kid pretends to up to the plate with two outs and down by 3 runs with the bases loaded in game 4 of the World Series. Every child that has ever played baseball in little league or just in the backyard has imagined that moment of being the hero in game 7 of the World Series and on Wednesday night someone may get to make that childhood dream come true.
The last nine times the World Series has gone to a game 7 the home team has won. There may be something about getting that win in game 6 that carries on the momentum. Maybe it is the home crowd giving the team that extra bit of fire, maybe it is the seven straight games and the traveling across the country wearing the visiting team out. Whatever the case may be, the home team has not lost a game 7 in the last nine tries.
The last time the Royals made the playoffs they won it all. The last time the Royals won it all was 29 years ago, and the last time the Royals won it all it took seven games to do. With a sellout crowd in Kauffman stadium, the team was trying to recapture that same magic and bring their city a World Series championship.
The Giants got the first win in the series with their ace, Madison Bumgarner on the mound in Kansas City. After dropping the next two games, they were able to leave the comfort of their home ballpark with two straight wins for themselves. Last night in Kansas City, their attempt to close at the series early was a feeble attempt as they lost 10-0. With the series tied and in a win or go home situation, the Giants want to mark their place in the history books. The Giants are looking for their fourth title in just five years. The Cardinals and New York Yankees are the only teams in the last 20 years to touch that mark.
As game 7 begins, the crowd is on its feet for the majority of the affair. A night like this it would be hard not to get a little excited. America’s past time comes down to the final day. Spring training began in March; both teams played 162 regular season games, fought past the wild card play in game, and earned their way to the Series. Everything every man on both teams has worked their whole life for comes down to one final night; game 7.
Commentary by Andy Lapic
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