All hail the Kansas City Royals, rulers of the baseball universe.
Ned Yost’s powder-blue wrecking crew won the World Series on Sunday night, defeating the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 to take their first title in 30 years. As was often the case in the Series, the Royals’ timely bats and shutdown bullpen were the difference, while another defensive miscue spelled disaster for the Mets. Oh, and once again, Jim Breuer was in the stands wondering how he was going to survive it all.
“This game is so intense. Both pitchers are just pitching their hearts our. Volquez? He’s given up two hits. Harvey [is pitching] the game of his life,” Breuer says in his final World Series report for Rolling Stone. “It’s do or die. I’m going to have to call my heart doctor in the morning, no matter what the outcome.”
Sadly, it seemed like the outcome was inevitable. The Mets’ burly ace, Matt Harvey, was stellar for eight innings, and, staked to a 2-0 lead, demanded the ball in the ninth. Manager Terry Collins went back on his original decision to turn the game over to closer Jeurys Familia – who, let’s be honest, hasn’t been great in this series – and that’s when the superhero stuff wore off, as Harvey walked the first batter he faced and gave up a double to Eric Hosmer. Two batters later, thanks to an errant throw by first baseman Lucas Duda, the Royals had tied the game at 2. Three innings after that, they were world champs, celebrating on the Citi Field infield while Mets fans streamed out of the stadium, left to wonder what might have been.
But the way Breuer sees it, the one thing they shouldn’t do is blame Terry Collins. You had to leave Harvey in the game. Not to mention the fact that he was essentially playing with house money at this point. After all, back in Spring Training, if you would’ve told any Mets fan they’d be in the World Series this year, they would’ve called you crazy.
“Thank you Mets for giving us a great season,” he says. “No blaming, none of the ‘Shoulda done that.’ They gave us a great season.”
Still, that doesn’t make this World Series defeat any less painful, and as his fellow funnyman – and Royals superfan – Paul Rudd celebrated with the team in the locker room following the win, Breuer mourned the 2015 Mets with the fans in the stands…and, of course, he did it much the same way he marked each win in this improbable season: With a triumphant “Let’s go Mets!”
Like he’d wrap all this up any other way.