Oct 28, 2014 8:17 PM
Giants try to wrap up World Series in Game 6 at KC
The Associated Press
There was a moment of silence before the national anthem for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, who were killed in a car accident Sunday. The 22-year-old Taveras was one of baseball's top prospects. His best moment of an all-too brief career came in NLCS Game 2, when he hit a tying solo homer in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter.
Ventura has a message written on his hat in honor of his Dominican friend: RIP OT # 18.
The World Series is back in Kansas City for Game 6 on another perfect night for baseball.
The Royals hope to ride that raucous wave of blue that's filled Kauffman Stadium all postseason and the zippy arm of rookie Yordano Ventura to a Game 7. The Giants send veteran Jake Peavy to the mound, looking to clinch their third championship in five years and perhaps solidify this club as a can we say it dynasty.
No National League team has won as many Series titles in five years since St. Louis did it from 1942-46. And the Cardinals didn't have to win a wild-card game and three playoff rounds.
The Royals have come back before, rallying from a 3-2 deficit in 1985 to win their only title. The Giants have been in this position, too. In 2002, they took an edge into Anaheim and dropped two in a row in the only other all wild-card World Series.
A bunch of fans in Giants orange crowded behind the San Francisco dugout as their team took the field for warmups. They hollered, but not as loudly as star Pablo Sandoval whooped as his teammates loosened up. The Kung Fu Panda is pretty relaxed and ready to play.
Former Royals great George Brett was perched behind the cage as Kansas City took batting practice. He had a few laughs with Billy Butler. Of course Butler is in a good mood with the Series back in the AL park, he has a role as the designated hitter. Plus, he's enjoyed a lot of success against Peavy.
Ventura throws up to 98 mph, and we should all be able to tell right away whether he's locked in or amped up.