Electricity in the Air

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Photo:Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Photo:Orlin Wagner/Associated Press


The official start to the postseason begins tonight at Kauffman Stadium.  But if you have been anywhere near the Kansas City area that is not news to you.  From the blue dyed fountains around the City to the Royals flags hung on light poles lining the city streets, this city is at a fever pitch!  Electricity is in the air, and the conductor is the Truman Sports Complex.  Starting with a ruckus pep-rally at the K yesterday afternoon, the parking lots began to fill up.

Fans lined up to welcome back their postseason bound Royals, and watch them take an open batting practice, followed by player interviews, and autographs.  The festivities spilled over immediately into the first Monday Night Football game at Arrowhead in four seasons.  80,000 fans that were jacked up like a spider monkey on Mountain Dew blew the roof off the place to the tune of 142.2 decibels, demolishing the Guinness Book of World Records mark by nearly 7 decibels.  A feat that was almost as amazing as the 41-14 dismantling of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  A game that was so rowdy that in the middle of the fourth quarter 80,000 fans began to chant “Let’s Go Royals” so loud they could be heard in the parking lot.

The Culmination of this exciting start to the week will take place at 7:07 tonight as the Kansas City Royals take on the Oakland Athletics to kick off the 2014 Major League Baseball postseason.

A game that is sure to start this playoff season off right features two of the games most seasoned big game pitchers: Jon Lester and James Shields.  Both players are recent trade acquisitions (within the last two years) by their respective clubs, brought over for just this reason–Win a big game.  And tonight they will be called upon to do so.  Jon Lester has been known as a Royal Killer over the years, posting a perfect record against them outside of Kauffman, most memorably his 2008 no-hitter after returning to the Red Sox from a battle with cancer.  However he has been anything but perfect at Kauffman Stadium, and thus provides some real hope to the home town hopefuls!

Facing off against Jon Lester is his former A.L. East foe, James Shields.  The guy who earned the nickname “Big Game James” during his time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (don’t fine me baseball, that is what they were called when he was there), looks to remind a national audience exactly why everyone started calling him that in the first place.  Both pitchers also are looking to show off their worth to the GM’s of all the other teams in the MLB as they will be among the cream of the crop of free agents come this offseason.

These two pitchers have such electric stuff that their could be a heck of a lightning show at the K tonight.  Mix that with a fanbase that has been bottled up for nearly 29 years, coming off a full day of priming… The term Thunderstruck may not even been applicable after Greg Holland slams the door on this victory tonight!


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