KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' fans have been as much a story as the play of their team in this postseason and the folks at Kauffman Stadium took over again Tuesday, going absolutely wild during the seven-run second inning that led to the Royals' 10-0 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game Six.
Games here almost have a college-like feeling to them. When the Royals get it going, the noise is deafening. And you look around the ballpark and everyone -- I mean everyone -- on the lower level is standing. And plenty of folks upstairs are too.
The Royals seized momentum with their crazy second inning, which featured eight hits and made them just the second team since 1933 to have that many in a World Series frame (the '01 Diamondbacks also did that in Game Six, in their 15-2 rout of the Yankees).
The 2014 World Series is the 37th to go to seven games, but just the sixth in the last 26 years. And it's just the second since we had back-to-back seven-gamers in 2001 (Yankees-Arizona) and 2002 (Giants-Angels). Remember, we had five straight years (2004-2008) where the Series went no more than five games.
One thing I didn't even realize when I was putting together the stories for Wednesday's paper was that the Giants are 0-4 in Game Seven, losing in 1912 to Boston, 1924 to Washington, 1962 to the Yankees and 2002 to the Angels.
Here's a look at my game story on the Royals' romp, which features a quick visit to both clubhouses just before the midnight hour.
And my World Series notebook bandies about the notion of Bruce Bochy as a Hall of Fame manager. If he wins Game Seven tonight, history says it's going to just about be a given.
Finally, click below to hear my thoughts on Game Six, with a look ahead to Game Seven