I've seen every World Series DVD since 2001. Pretty sure that's when they started making them. I usually watch the most recent around this time of year. It's a good way to remember what happened last October while at the same time pumping myself up for the upcoming season. I listed my biggest thoughts/takeaways below but to recap the Royals beat the Mets in 5. The DVD crew changed up the format this year. Usually they lead up to the WS with a montage of what happened in the regular season. This year they jumped right into the games pretty much. It would've been nice to at least mention that the Royals lost Game 7 the previous year with the tying run on third however. Without further ado, my takeaways:
--Totally forgot about Edinson Volquez's dad passing away right before he was set to pitch Game 1. The film confirms he was not told until afterwards. This was the right move both for the Royals and Volquez, which he admits.
--Alcides Escobar hits the first pitch Matt Harvey throws for an inside the park home run. What a start for KC.
--Also forgot that Game 1 went extra innings The Mets had a one run lead in the 9th with their closer Jeurys Familia on the hill. Familia hadn't blown a save since July 30 and what do you know, Alex Gordon takes him deep. The Royals eventually win in 14 innings.
--Johnny Cueto absolutely dominated Game 2. I remember he sucked for them in August and September after the trade but turns out he was worth everything they gave up for him following his complete game, two-hitter. Royals up 2-0 in the series as it shifts to New York.
--David Wright homering in Game 3 at home, after all the injuries he went through in 2015, was awesome. He had 4 total RBI in this game, which ended up being the only Mets win of the series.
--The Mets completely blew Game 4. If they had won that it would have changed the whole series.
--Matt Harvey tried to do too much in Game 5 by demanding to pitch the 9th. I get that he's a competitor and wanted to show New York that he didn't care about the innings limit bullshit, but it turned out to just be the wrong decision. Credit to Terry Collins who said he let his emotions get the best of him. It would have been awesome if Harvey pitched a CG at home but it just wasn't meant to be.
--Salvador Perez World Series MVP. I forgot about this and after watch the DVD thought it was gonna be Escobar. Perez was a fine choice, however.
Well that wraps it up. Both these teams should be back in the playoff race in 2016. If I could only pick one to go back to the WS it would be the Royals. I know the Mets pitching is the envy of the league but their lack of offense scares me. They will still be in the playoff race no doubt but the Royals are built for October. They have their core returning and strike me as the kind of team that will stay hungry after winning it all.