It was a slow and steady buildup, and despite a heartbreaking loss, the Royals didn’t end the season without a fight. The teams’ fan-base longed for a riveting year, eclipsed by 29 years of disappointment. This season finally gave the Royals and fans a taste of bittersweet victory.
After losing to the San Francisco Giants in game seven of the World Series, a slumped over Salvador Perez shuffled back to the dugout, but not until a crowd of approximately 40,000 fans bellowed, “Let’s go Royals!” throughout the glassy-eyed stadium.
Silence and despondency lingered in the clubhouse, a contrast to the champagne supernova-fueled nights held at McFadden’s before the take off to San Francisco.
Let’s be honest – it would have been nice to win. It would have been monumental.
But the thrill was nice while it lasted.
The atmosphere in Kansas City had never felt so energetic and a newly formed bond between the Royals and their fans replaced an enduring feeling of hostility.
Abutting the end of the season, there was no sign of disparity between the team and its fans, but rather a sense of accomplishment.
The city was proud of having such a modest and dedicated team, bringing about an influx of new fans that will recall the days of Hoz, Country Breakfast and MOOSE!
“We’re definitely going to realize what we did a couple days from now,” said James Shields. “It brought the city together. This city has been wanting this forever, for a long time.”
Despite the loss, radio, television programs and fans are speculating on what the Royals will do in the offseason… almost like a kid waiting for Christmas several months out.
And if next season’s team will be just as motivated as this year’s, the city has nothing to worry about.
We’ll take the crown in no time.
- The Royals are expecting at least a 25 percent jump in revenue next year.
- Tickets for the game seven of the World Series were on average around $1,000.
- The most expensive ticket in game seven sold for $10,500.
- TV ratings for this year’s World Series were lower than average, however, the ticket prices were much higher than any of the past four years.
- The average price for World Series tickets this year never fell below $800, however, average ticket prices for the last four years never exceeded $797.
Facts found at internationalbusineestimes.com, Compiled by Anna Freije