Some fun facts for those of you coming to our amazing city or getting ready for the Royals-Mets World Series:
Yes, Mets fans have Seinfeld and Jon Stewart but actors Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis and Eric Stonestreet all love their hometown Royals.
The Royals are 5-4 in just 9 career games vs. the Mets.
The Mets played their only 3 games ever in KC in 2004. Tom Glavine got the win over Zack Greinke in that series finale.
Alex Rios is the only Royal on the team’s World Series roster to ever face Mets game one starter Matt Harvey.
Kauffman Stadium, or The K, is the 6th oldest active stadium in the majors. Renovations costing more than $250M were completed in 2009 and the venue is one of the most beautiful in baseball. It’s famous for its fountains. After all, KC is the City of Fountains.
We see New Yorkers come to The K every year but they are basically locals who pretend to be Yankees fans. I know this because they seem to know my name and show up in Royals jerseys during the rest of the season. They come up with excuses like their grandfather liked the Yankees but they have most likely only been to one Manhattan.
Yes, we have a Manhattan close by, too. Manhattan, Kansas, aka The Little Apple and home of Kansas State University is about 120 miles away and has absolutely nothing in common with New York.
One of the greatest Royals in franchise history was acquired after the 1969 season in a trade when the Mets sent Amos Otis to KC.
The Royals all time wins leader by a right hander is Brooklyn born, Oceanside High and Iona College product Dennis Leonard. He pitched for the Royals his entire career from 1974-1986 and has lived in the KC area for years now.
The last trade completed between these teams took place in December of 2006 when the Royals acquired Brian Bannister for Ambiorix Burgos.
Walt Disney was born in 1901 in Chicago but moved to Kansas City at the age of 9.
Former Brooklyn Dodger and NY Giant outfielder Casey Stengel managed the Dodgers, Yankees and Mets. He was born in KC in 1890 and went to Central HS here.
He managed Mickey Mantle and many other stars, who played minor league ball for the Kansas City Blues.
Former Mets minor league announcer, New York native, and my buddy Robert Ford worked in KC before becoming the voice of the Astros. That’s two straight Royals playoff series with someone of that name in attendance. Robert called the ALDS. I assume disgraced Toronto mayor Rob Ford went to the ALCS.
Robert, the broadcaster, points out to me that the Mets’ last championship was 10/27/86, exactly a year after the Royals’ last championship. Game 7 of the 1986 World Series was supposed to be played on 10/26, but was postponed by rain. So here we go, on the same date in 2015 (weather permitting).
This is the first ever World Series between two expansion teams.
Finally, I will say to New Yorkers what I did to Canadians. Kansas City is a major city in Missouri. Kansas City, Kansas is a suburb. The Royals and Chiefs play in KCMO. The incredible Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is in KCMO. Also check out Boulevard Brewery, the Plaza and The WWI Museum. Or come over to the Kansas side to my neighborhood. We have amazing BBQ in both states, but for goodness sakes, please don’t talk about Dorothy. The Royals play in Missouri. There is, however, “No Place Like Home,” as the Royals are 5-1 this year at Kauffman Stadium in the postseason and 12-3 since Bret Saberhagen led KC to a championship. He went on to pitch for the Mets but earned World Series MVP honors in 1985 for the Royals. Let the 2015 Fall Classic begin. Enjoy everyone.