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Blaze of Orange

October 31, 2014 4:28 PM

Whatever you think of the final disposition, the 2014 season went out in a memorable blaze of orange. Best game of the year? You could make that argument. Even if not the best, second likely to another which took place in the past three weeks. This was not the year to wonder why it's called the Fall Classic.

The Royals may have been my team, but Madison Bumgarner is more likely to stick in my memory as the details of this World Series fade into the mists. I'm confident that his performance has become fixed for all time, right next to Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris and the handful of other pitchers who make you think, "This game is so over."

Prior to the game, I said to anyone in my household who could listen (whether they were or not), "When Bumgarner comes in this game, the Royals are done scoring. They better have the lead at that point, or they can forget about the champagne." I suspect that there were many others expressing such sentiments around TVs during the game. You could just smell it in this postseason air.

There are so many great stories on both teams. And as happens every post-season, a new group of names has been permanently etched on the stone tablets of my baseball memory: Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Jarrod Dyson, Nori Aoki, Hunter Pence, Salvador Perez, Billy Butler. Well, I should probably put "permanently" in quotes because, as we all know, it takes a lot to make such etching actually permanent. Josh Beckett got etched back in 2003, but I'd be hard-pressed to name anyone else on that World Series Champion Marlins team. Such is the nature of post-season fame. In the hometowns, more names will be remembered, but the rest will fade into "I think I remember that guy" territory.

Late in the game, the cameras lingered on Bumgarner in the dugout, waiting patiently for his chance to go out and restore the quiet. At moments like this, especially when rooting for the opposing team, I long for the National League rules. No player should be able to sit quietly in the dugout without the potential of being handed a bat as his team makes its way through the order.

But his face was so calm, and his gaze fixed so intently on some unknown spot at Kauffman Stadium. Was it the pitcher's mound? No, he seemed to be looking farther than that. The foul pole? Sweet Baby Ray's Barbeque stand? No, even further.

The third base dugout in Kansas City faces east, and whether he knew it or not, he was looking toward Cooperstown. If there had been a thought bubble over his head, it probably would/should have read, "Of course I'm going back out there. I'm F-ing Jack Morris."

The other day I wrote that I'd prepared a consolation speech for a first grader who was taking it all pretty seriously. I've realized today that his team selection wasn't quite as arbitrary as I first thought. I'd forgotten that I brought him back a souvenir from the Giants ballpark which has become part of his summer identity.

That particular speech has been filed away.

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During the game I recalled the story of Tom Kelly telling Jack Morris in the bottom of the 9th that he wouldn't be going out for the 10th. Jack is said to have told TK words to the effect of "I'm pitching!". TK said "What the hell, it's just a game" and acquiesced.

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