“Get ready. We are about to find a way to win the World Series!”, said Kansas City Royals General Manager, Dayton Moore.
He uttered these immortal words right before the Royals broke the game open with a 5 run, World Series game five clinching, 12th inning.
It was an incredible series and one that had Game 6 potential written all over it.
The Royals had something to say about that after overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the top of the 9th to tie the game in which they then proceeded to batter the New York Mets bullpen with a 5 run, 12th inning to shore up the Royals first World Series title in over 30 years.
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However, the victory was perhaps a bit sweeter for Venezuelan-born catcher Salvador Perez who according to ESPN became the first catcher to win the MVP since 1992 and the seventh catcher to ever do it.
He is also the second Venezuelan player to snag the title coming on the heels of Pablo Sandoval with the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Perez stat line was fantastic!
He hit .364/.391/.455 in the series and went 8-for-22 with two double while scoring three RBI’s. He finished the series with the game tying run in the Royals comeback, then started off the clinching 5 run 12th inning with a leadoff single. “You guys know what we’ve done all season,” said Perez. “We never quit. We never put our heads down… we always compete to the last out. And that’s what we did tonight.”
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The other latino hero on the Kansas City Royals roster, who quickly rose to the big stage, was Puerto Rican back-up infielder Christian Colon.
Colon’s pitch hit single off of Addison Reed in the top of the 12th, broke a 2-2 tie and started a rally that 5 runs later would culminate in a 7-2 victory and lead up to the Royals being pronounced World Series Champions.
“This is no joke,” Colon said. “I had been playing things over and over in my mind, and in the cage I told Dyson, ‘I have a feeling I’m going to hit with you on third base.’ And three minutes later, it seems like, I was hitting with him on third. It’s just crazy.”
Even so, Perez and Colon were not the only Kansas City Royal players who showed off their skills on the diamond, equally as impressive, was Nicaraguan third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.
The 22-year-old, who is from the Corn Islands, was added to the team’s 40-man roster on November 2013. Cuthbert hit his first career home run at Wednesday night’s game in New York’s Citi Field.
The Kansas City Star reported that shortly one day after joining “the Royals as a September call-up, Cuthbert finished two-for-three with a walk and four RBIs” and performed a “dazzling play” at third base in the top of the fifth inning.
Royals manager Ned Yost said of Cuthbert: “He’s been a very solid performer at third base, defensively, and he mixes in big hits.”
After the Kansas City Royals’ big World Series win in the big apple, the rookie, who was filling in for third baseman Mike Moustakas out on bereavement leave, took to social media to share a few snapshots displaying his excitement about the game’s end result as well as to proudly show off a picture of himself holding a Nicaraguan flag.
Cuthbert also shared another special photo with his followers and fans in which he’s smiling and holding on to the team’s hard earned World Series Trophy.
We wish continued success to all Kansas City Royals’ baseball players and congratulate these shining, up and coming latino athletes for making Hispanics throughout the U.S. proud.
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