Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Eden.

If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see another championship as gratifying as this one. And you know what? That's okay. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of season. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of team. Sports are pain. And then, suddenly, they are perfection.

Grantland, as you may have heard, has come to an end. Fortunately, ESPN asked me to write about the Royals' world championship - THE ROYALS' WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - and you can read the whole thing here.

More to come. Plenty more to come.

12 comments:

GregN said...

Ha. Great ESPN piece.
Though they don't deserve you.

Michael Pirani said...

Rany, thanks for all of your insightful articles through the long, lean years. I'm really happy that you were able to attend Game 5 in New York; rumor has it that it was a pretty good game.

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Devon Young said...

I think we'll get to see another one, by the end of the decade.

Mick Unsell said...

I'm still on cloud 9, and I love it. Excellent piece on ESPN.com. RIP Grantland...

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Fast Eddie said...

That's a shame that Grantland has been discontinued.

KHAZAD said...

In the link to your ESPN article, you post fangraph's percentage chance that the Royals would win each individual game that they were down 2 or more runs and came back. (18%,1%,25%,8%,10%,16%,5%) That makes a point but maybe not enough of one. The chances of the Royals winning all 7 of those games with those percentages is one in 34.7 million!

That is a big number, but to put it in a real life perspective: If you bought a powerball ticket tonight, you would be three times more likely to win $1 million (the second highest prize)than the Royals were to come back in all 7 of those games.

If you bought eight powerball tickets, you would have about the same chance of winning the giant jackpot as the Royals had of winning all seven of the games.

We will never see anything like this again, from any team.

BobDD said...

KHAZAD, Those sound like the odds of predicting those seven events ahead of time. Isn't the probability of those same events smaller odds after the fact?

tookee said...

awesome piece. definitely want to read "plenty more."