Kansas City Royals win AL pennant; postgame reaction from SiriusXM Sports

The Kansas City Royals continued their run (which has felt more like a cakewalk) through the American League playoffs Wednesday by completing a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. Jason Vargas allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings, Kansas City’s bullpen combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball, and the Royals won, 2-1.

With the win, Kansas City set a Major League record with an eighth consecutive win to start a postseason, and clinched the organization’s first AL pennant since 1985.

MLB Network Radio spoke with Royals general manager Dayton Moore, ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer and closer Greg Holland after the game, and Mad Dog Sports Radio host Dan Graca offered reaction on his program.

Moore called the Royals’ victory “unbelievable.”

“I’ll tell you what, I’m just so thrilled for all of our great fans, and all of our hard-working scouts and development people,” Moore said. “They got great heart. They’re winners, that’s all I can say. They’re very prepared, they love to play baseball; they’ve really done a wonderful job on this stage.”

Moore captured the feeling many baseball fans have had watching Kansas City’s success throughout the year.

It’s awful hard to get to the World Series. And oftentimes the most talent doesn’t win, but the teams that are together and play for one another usually reach the ceiling, and that’s what we saw here.

Cain earned MVP honors by going 8-for-15 in the ALCS with five runs scored, two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base. He also called the feeling of advancing to the World Series “unbelievable.”

“To get a chance to play in the World Series, oh my God, that’s a blessing from above. Like I said, this team has fought hard all year long, and to be here at the point where we’re at right now, I mean, it’s just amazing,” Cain said. “We’re gonna continue to ride our defense and our pitching, and hopefully get the bats swinging as well.”

Hosmer, who drove in one of the Royals’ two runs in the Game 4 win, was ready to look ahead to the World Series.

“We realize we’re not done yet, but we’re gonna enjoy this,” Hosmer said. “These guys are hungry, man. Everyone in here. We got no quit in us, and we believe we can do this. And that’s the most important thing; if you’ve got a group of guys that believe they can do it, you can do anything.”

Holland, who shut the door with his fourth save of the ALCS, took MLB Network Radio through the final out.

You can’t really explain that feeling. You dream of going to the World Series as a kid, and we’re finally there. It’s been a long road, but man it’s been a blast this year, and I’m just ecstatic right now.

Graca brought that word up again – “unbelievable” – and gave the Royals credit for their historic start to this postseason.

What more can you say; congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, who continue this unbelievable postseason tear that they are on. Eight up, eight down, for the Royals, who are now going to the World Series for the first time 29 years as the American League champions. Just unbelievable. And like I said, I tweeted this out not too long ago while I was watching the game upstairs; two weeks ago, against the A’s in the wild card game, they were five outs away, down four runs, from their season being over. They came back to win that game, and they’ve been on a roll ever since. … Let’s be honest here, guys. Do you have any doubt right now that the Royals will win the World Series? No matter, who they play, whether it’s San Francisco or St. Louis, I mean what this team has done, they haven’t lost a game! And it really is a six-inning game. Ned Yost and the Royals are playing little-league baseball here. Let’s face it, it is a six-inning baseball game. Because once they get the lead, and turn it over in the seventh to Kelvin Herrera, and then on to Wade Davis in the eighth, and then on to Greg Holland in the ninth, it’s game-set-match! When the Royals had a lead during the regular season after seven innings, they were 72-1. And it just carried over into this postseason.

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