KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals have the attention of virtually everyone in the greater metro area.
And for good reason after the Chiefs’ next door neighbors defeated the New York Mets, 7-2, in 12 innings Sunday night to take the World Series, 4-1.
The championship marked the first for the Royals since 1985 and Chiefs coach Andy Reid was extremely happy for the baseball team.
“Congratulations goes out to the Royals,” Reid said Monday. “Phenomenal. I mean, you’re talking about the World Champions.
“That’s an unbelievable feat. Their skipper, Ned Yost, the great job he did of bringing that thing together; the Glass family for really putting the whole thing together; (general manager) Dayton Moore, for bringing in all those players. What a great tribute, showed great grit. I mean, that last inning there or last couple of innings putting everything together, very impressive.”
The Royals have a victory parade scheduled Tuesday at noon, but it doesn’t appear the Chiefs head coach will attend the celebrations.
“I probably won’t be,” Reid said. “I would love to be there. That’s not always a good position to put yourself in.”
Fans unable to attend the parade can provide support by watching various local television stations covering the event.
And Reid will be one of the many tuned in as Kansas City celebrates a championship.
“I’ll definitely watch it,” Reid said. “I’m excited, man, I’m fired up. I got a chance to know Ned and some of the guys over there, (Royals pitcher) Jeremy Guthrie, a couple of guys there. I’m proud of what they’re done. That’s a great deal, man. I mean, just think about it – best in the world. That’s something special, that’s really something special.”
The occasion is also extraordinary enough that numerous school districts have closed classes for Tuesday to allow faculty and students to attend the celebrations if they desire.
Reid appeared to welcome that gesture and hoped the same would extend to the Chiefs if the team wins a Super Bowl.
“I think we give everybody the day off and let’s go,” Reid said. “Let’s go, baby.”