Oct 29, 2014 8:25 PM
Giants, Royals underway in Game 7 of World Series
The Associated Press
Jeremy Guthrie works a 1-2-3 first inning for the Kansas City Royals, shattering Buster Posey's bat on a grounder for the third out.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas makes a diving stop to his left, although shortstop Alcides Escobar also was in position to field Posey's grounder.
Here we go. World Series, Game 7.
Tension, excitement, lasting memories. Nothing like one baseball game for all the marbles. Say no more.
First pitch coming up in just a few minutes.
The Kansas City Royals were taking batting practice, the San Francisco Giants were stretching beyond their dugout and then something caught the attention of both teams.
A person wearing white formal gloves, and accompanied by a security guard, carried the gleaming, gold-and-silver World Series trophy across the grass behind the cage.
The prize was probably headed to a safe spot, waiting to be presented to tonight's winner. Players on both sides watched the mini-parade and some pointed, but no one dared try to touch it.
Royals great George Brett, now a team executive, wandered over to a cluster of Giants and greeted some of them. San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence smiled and seemed to enjoy the moment.
Among those watching from near the backstop was Jack Morris. Hard to think about a Game 7 and not remember him.
Morris delivered one of the greatest pitching performances of all-time, throwing a 10-hit shutout in 1991 to lead Minnesota over Atlanta 1-0 in 10 innings at the Metrodome.
"Game 7s don't come around very often. We're all hoping for them," said Morris, now a broadcaster.
When his time came, Morris was prepared.
"I knew what it meant, and I was ready to pitch," he said. "I wasn't nervous. I was confident."
"That's how it should be. Every fielder should want the ball. Every hitter should want to be at the plate," he said.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.