Three days after the Kansas City Royals’ epic victory parade, the players, fans and everyone in between are still recovering from the greatest of sports highs: the championship celebration.
“It was crazy,” Royals closer Wade Davis said Friday on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “There were people hanging out of trees, (people) hanging off of buildings. You never knew that there were that many people that even liked baseball in general, so when you see them like that together, it’s pretty cool.”
Davis, who was thrust into the closer role following a season-ending elbow injury to Greg Holland, recorded the last out of the World Series, striking out Wilmer Flores to preserve a 7-2 win in Game 5.
“It was crazy because the whole stadium was just about empty by the time I got to two outs,” Davis recalled. “Everybody was emptying out of the stadium, so a lot of the adrenaline was taken out. It was more just enjoying the moment and having a lot of fun being out there. Especially when you start striking guys out, it makes it twice as much fun.”
Davis said he’s “already thinking about” the Royals repeating in 2016.
“As far as my role goes, I can’t control too much, but I’ve definitely thought about it,” he said. “I think it’d be really cool to do that again.”
Davis made three appearances in the World Series – one in Kansas City and two in New York – and had eight strikeouts in four innings.
“I love playing against crowds that are rooting against you,” Davis said. “I think it’s going to make you rise up a little bit more. But definitely Kansas City, if I was just a spectator, definitely Kansas City (is more fun). Even when we were losing games or down by a couple, everything that we did well – as soon as somebody did something good – they were still having your back. Which is kind of special because usually when you’re getting beat . . . then the crowd starts leaving. In a World Series game, nobody’s leaving. You can’t.”
Interesting enough, the Royals open the 2016 season at home against the Mets on April 4. It’ll be fascinating to see if there are any fireworks in that series, especially after Noah Syndergaard came in high and tight on Alcides Escobar to open Game 3.
“That was an interesting moment,” Davis said of Syndergaard’s first pitch. “You just don’t want to put your team in a situation like that where your team hasn’t done anything wrong, and I don’t think he did anything wrong either. Maybe the way he handled the media afterwards is what’s going to set some tempers off because that’s just not something you usually do and you’re challenging people’s manhoods when you start talking like that. But I don’t know. We’ll see. It should be a fun series regardless.”