Reading meaning into the Mets and Royals' World Series portraits
With the World Series between the Mets and the Royals set to begin on Tuesday (air time 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, game time 8 ET) the players gathered in Kansas City on Monday to chat, get in the right mindset and, just like high school on picture day, get some portraits done. After all, this is the World Series -- an event players have spent their lives striving to achieve -- so who wouldn't want to remember that with some gorgeous photos that are also perfect to send to grandparents in convenient wallet size?
But while these are highly skilled athletes, it seems like they had some trouble holding on to their belongings.
Take Eric Hosmer. Here he is looking intimidating and powerful, every bit the player with the third-highest OPS on the team.
But a moment later, Hosmer is in trouble. Looks like he dropped his bagel and schmear. Hopefully it wasn't face down.
Same happened with his across-the-diamond partner, Mike Moustakas. At first, the slugging hot corner-er looked in control:
That was soon replaced with confusion as Moustakas was apparently asked, "Hey man, did you drop five dollars?"
And while Alex Gordon wouldn't fall for the photog's tricks, he did believe them when they said, "Hey dude, did you know you've been wearing your hat the wrong way your whole life?"
The Royals weren't the only ones snagged in this World Series candid camera.
Once the photographer managed to find a lens that was able to include all of Jacob deGrom's amazing hair in frame, the pitcher looked every bit the man who has a 1.80 ERA this postseason.
But they still got him when they told him, "Hey man. I think your pants have a hole in them. Aren't those your car keys?"
Daniel Murphy was justifiably captured with a broad grin on his face given his homer-madness this October.
At least, until someone shouted "Pizza's here!" off screen just as the photo was snapped. And who can deny free pizza?
Really, the only player they couldn't get was Johnny Cueto. And that's mostly because he was smart enough to hide his face.