Thanks to a wild ninth-inning comeback and an offensive outburst in the 12th inning in Game 5, the Kansas City Royals are World Series champions for the first time in 30 years. Of course, everyone in the Royals’ organization is absolutely thrilled, and MLB Network Radio caught up with some of Kansas City’s finest after their 7-2 victory over the New York Mets.

Sunday night’s starter Edinson Volquez, whose father passed away shortly before Game 1 of the series, opened up about his decision to take the ball in Game 5.

[Salvador Perez] said, ‘You’re the best pitcher we’ve got, you’re the man. Show your mom and your dad what you can do,'” Volquez said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to pitch that game, but as soon as I got here, I got a lot of support from my teammates and they gave me a hug, and they gave me a lot of energy, and I told myself, ‘You gotta pitch that game. You can’t let your teammates down.'”

Manager Ned Yost spoke about the resiliency of his team.

“We went into the ninth inning down 2-0, and we just felt like we were going to find a way to score some runs and win that game,” Yost said. “To be able to bring them a world championship is something I’ll never forget.”

General manager Dayton Moore talked about the team’s win and the building process it took to field a champion.

“[Davis Glass] knew that we needed to build this thing from the ground up, and he was willing to be patient with us even when a lot of the fans were starting to doubt,” Moore said. “When the players started to develop, and they transitioned to the major leagues, and they had their ups and downs, but I think the fans could see there was talent there, and they had a heart to win. They just kept pushing, and I told Jason Kendall when we started the ninth, I said, ‘We’re going to win a World Series.’ You could just feel it. These guys were gonna do something.”

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