Arizona Diamondbacks Daily Dose: That Was Fun



That is all I can say about what transpired last night in Game 1 of the 111th World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

33 players, 32 pitchers, 13 full innings, and 5 hours and 9 minutes later, the Royals walked off the field with a much-needed win in Game 1 in front of a sold out crowd.

I didn’t know if anything could top last season’s back and forth seven game series between the Giants and Royals, but the first game of this series might have just topped it.

The perception was that this series was going to be closely contested between two teams that are dying to bring a World Series title back to their respective fan bases.

The Royals last won in 1985 when George Brett was the leader beating their interstate rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3. Ironically, the Miracle Mets won the next year in 1986, a series that also went the distance.

If Game 1 is any indication, we are all in for a long, and at the same time a special series with many more exciting moments.

At the same time this game made plenty of baseball history. In the bottom of the first, Alcides Escobar became the first player to hit an inside the park homer in the Fall Classic since Casey Stengel of the New York Giants did it in 1923.

In addition, Eric Hosmer passed Brett on the Royals all time postseason RBI list collecting his 24th and 25th RBI’s. The later one came in the 14th inning that won the game for Kansas City.

Alex Gordon became the first player in World Series history to hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th since Scott Brosius did it for the Yankees in 2001 against our Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mets’ rookie Michael Conforto became the first player to ever record a RBI in the Little League, NCAA, and MLB World Series.

By inning, last night’s opening contest was the longest Game 1 in World Series history, and by time (5 hours, 9 minutes), it was the 2nd longest game in World Series history behind Game 3 of the 2005 Classic between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros which lasted 5 hours, 41 minutes.

Finally, the Royals became the first team in World Series history to hit a leadoff home run in the 1st, and a game tying homer in the 9th.

This game had everything, and left me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Thankfully, there is another game tonight! Jacob deGrom takes the mound for the Mets looking to even the series when he faces the Royals’ Johnny Cueto.

The game begins at 5:00 P.M. Arizona time on FOX (if there production truck holds up of course)

Now on to today’s Arizona Diamondbacks Daily Dose!

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