After nearly three decades, the Royals clinch postseason berth in Chicago

Dan Moreno

The Kansas City Royals made history last Friday after clinching a postseason berth with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals have not made the playoffs since Oct. 27, 1985.

The 2014 Royals, led by Head Coach Ned Yost, demonstrated strong pitching, tight defense, perfect speed and just enough batting to get the win.

Kansas City had a 3-0 lead for most of the game after the three first batters scored in the first inning. The White Sox scored its only run in the eighth inning.

In a post-game interview, Yost said the excitement is inevitable but there is work that still needs to be done.

“Ever since the first minute I came here, I’ve longed to see those guys celebrate an opportunity to go to the playoffs and watch them develop a playoff caliber team,” Yost said. “We have to stay focused and, yes, be happy, but we still have to play whatever game we have to play.”

Royals team members were soaked by bottles of celebratory champagne in the locker rooms with goggles on in their “Postseason” hats.

“For everything we went through this year, to get here right now, it’s awesome,” Mike Moustakas said. “It’s awesome.”

Kansas City Royals icon and Vice President of Baseball Operations George Brett also joined the celebration and acknowledged the effect the win would have on Kansas Citians.

“If these guys only knew what it means to the city,” Brett said. “Jeez, it means the world to me. I have lived here 40 years. I have been sticking up for them for all these years.”

Over 500 miles away from the U.S. Cellular Field, Kansas City’s professional soccer team and MLS Champions had just lost a crucial match against the New England Revolution.

After the game, the giant screens in Sporting Park tuned into the last few innings of the Royals game and thousands of fans watched the Royals make it to the playoffs.

A 28 year-old fan could not believe his eyes.

“I am 28 years old, I am a die hard Kansas City fan and all of our teams are amazing – last year we won the MLS Championship,” he said. “This year, for the first time in my life, I know what it feels to be in the MLB Playoffs. This is just insane.”

In a post-game press conference, Sporting KC’s Head Coach Peter Vermes was questioned about the Royals’ successful season.

“We are a part of the Kansas City community. We want the Royals to make it to the playoffs and we want the Chiefs to be successful and make it to the playoffs,” Vermes said. “Success brings people in and it makes them proud to be a part of something.”