Home fans provide Royals with big boost
KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost had a list of priorities for his team this season.
"We wanted to secure the Central division title," Yost said, "We wanted to win the All-Star Game. We wanted to have the best record in the league. And we wanted those things because that would allow us home-field advantage throughout, for the postseason and the World Series. We got that done."
And with Friday's 4-3 win against the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Royals have proven just how valuable having home-field advantage can be. It was their fifth straight postseason win at raucous Kauffman Stadium, one that sent them to the World Series.
Games 1 and 2 against the Mets will be at The K starting Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8 p.m. game time).
"We've been a very good road team," Yost said. "But we also know how good we play in front of our own fans. They give us a lot of energy and they come to the park with such enthusiasm -- I think we're a different team at home. It's a tough place to play for opponents."
Kansas City was 51-30 at Kauffman Stadium during the regular season, third best in the league. And the Royals are now 11-3 at home during the past two postseasons.
"They give us such a great boost," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "They are so loud. It has to make it tougher on teams coming in here."
Added outfielder Jarrod Dyson, "We feed off it, man. They get going and that gets us going."