So the Kansas City Royals have tied up the World Series at one game apiece by bludgeoning the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Now the two teams head to San Francisco for three games. I initially said the Royals would win this one in five, but I now find it hard to believe they'll capture all three at AT&T Park. So I'm leaning toward the Royals in six now.
I just think their bullpen and defense are tremendous and I believe, as the Series progresses, we'll see more and more evidence of that.
I'm curious to see your predictions, now that it is even again. But I'm even more curious to see if you want the Royals to win it all.
One: They beat your team, so they might as well win it all. If the Orioles are going to lose in the American League Championship Series, at least they lost to the world champions.
The flip side is that the Royals swept the Orioles and did it with chutzpah. They hooted and hollered and tipped their caps and flashed secret hand gestures and twirled when they made catches. And we can't forget former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie's T-shirt after he beat the Orioles in Game 3: "These O's Ain't Royal."
Yes, he later apologized for it, but I'm sure plenty of Orioles fans didn't grab the olive branch out of his right hand and won't be wearing "JGuts" shirts when he pitches Friday in Game 3 of the World Series.
I thought the T-shirt was bad form by a veteran and supposed deep-thinker like Guthrie, but otherwise I couldn't care less about what the Royals did to fire themselves up -- in the ALCS, or in Game 2 of the World Series when there was some jawing with the Giants. They won, and that's the bottom line. Back it up with wins, and I really don't care what you do.
Then again, I cover this for a living; it's not emotional for me. So maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the Royals irked you to a point of wanting to see them lose in the Fall Classic. You tell me.
Daily Think Special: Do you want to see the Royals lose in the World Series?