Glass: 'We're going to win it'
KANSAS CITY -- The one thing the Royals' front office didn't want to see was a Game 7.
"Oh, no," owner David Glass said. "We wanted to end it right here."
Hall of Famer and Royals vice president George Brett was even more adamant following his team's 4-3 victory on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, a win that sent Kansas City back to the World Series (7:30 p.m. ET air time Tuesday on FOX, game time 8 p.m.).
"Oh God, no!" Brett said. "I didn't want to have happen to us what we did to them 30 years ago."
Brett was referring, of course, to 1985, when the Royals overcame a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS to beat the Blue Jays and advance to the World Series, which they won.
But now, with its thrilling win on Friday, Kansas City will return to the World Series, the team's second straight.
Unfinished business, the Royals all say.
"That's my plan, to win it," Glass said. "And I'm going to tell everyone that I can find that that's the plan. I've already told [manager] Ned [Yost] and [general manager] Dayton [Moore] and the players.
"We came so close last year. I really thought we would win it. We didn't. And this is such an unpredictable game -- there's no guarantee you can get back. But we're going to win it this year."
The Royals lost to the Giants in seven games in 2014 and vowed to return to the World Series this year.
"As good as the season was last season," Glass said, "it still left a bitter taste."
Glass believes the pieces are in place to get the job done.
"These guys all like each other," he said. "They fit together. The benefit this year is the experience they got last year. They know the big stage, they know the national media. They know what to expect now. They'll be ready."
"We set our goals from the time this season started to get back and win it all," he said. "It's a determined group of guys.
"I'm happy for the fans. They've supported us all along, and it's really been a team effort from everyone -- from the players to the coaches and the scouts and the front office and the ownership and the fans. We're all in this together."