Playoff baseball returns to KC, as Royals host A's
Kansas City finished 89-73, just one game back of AL Central champion Detroit.
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) -
A generation of fans have never seen the Kansas City Royals play a postseason game. That'll change on Tuesday when the Royals host the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild card game at Kauffman Stadium.
There have been 713 playoff games contested in Major League Baseball since Kansas City beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series. None of those games, though, have involved the Royals, who return to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.
Kansas City ended the year 89-73, just one game back of the American League Central champion Detroit Tigers. The Royals actually had a chance to force a playoff game for a division title with a win and Detroit loss on the final day of the regular season, but the Tigers won their game against Minnesota to lock up the title.
Home teams can't get too comfy
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
It's been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals played a postseason game. That'll change on Tuesday, as they host the American League wild card game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium.
Twenty-nine years. Nearly three decades. That is an awful long time. A whole generation of fans have never seen the Royals play a game like the one they will play on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh was in a similar situation a year ago and the city let out 21 years of frustration. The wild scene inside PNC Park that night provided one of the more lasting images of last year's postseason. Kauffman Stadium, one of the most underrated ballparks in America, figures to be just as raucous on Tuesday.