The Kansas City Royals apparently felt some consternation about getting their World Series rings in front of the New York Mets on Sunday, the very team they beat in the Fall Classic last season. But Brian Jones believes that if any team should feel weird about the situation, it should be the Mets, not the Royals.
“Yeah, I definitely (agree),” former Met and current MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “For me, if I’m the Mets – and most of the guys that were playing in that World Series against the Royals were standing on the line watching that celebration with the fans there, cheering all their front office (all the) way down to everybody that was a part of the Royals system – for me, it would definitely be the Mets going, ’Why are we here?’ This is the worst taste you can possibly have in your mouth being on the line watching this happen and taking you back to ’15. If I was the Royals, it would almost be like I want to put this in your face because I want to leave you that lasting impression of what happened last year.”
Even worse for the Mets, they lost their season-opener in Kansas City, 4-3. The Mets trailed 4-0 through seven innings, scored three in the eighth but couldn’t scratch across the tying run in the ninth.
Luckily, there were no head-hunting theatrics from either side, which was a distinct possibility after Noah Syndergaard intentionally went high and tight on Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the World Series last October.
Syndergaard is slated Tuesday in Kansas City.
“These things find a way to get figured out at some point,” Floyd said. “I think Alex Gordon said it best. You move on from those situations by putting a ring on your finger. That, to me, is how you do it. Hitting somebody, putting a person’s career in jeopardy, not knowing where you’re going to hit them – that’s not how you handle it. You go out there and you beat them and then you take the crown home. To me, that was the ultimate satisfaction if you think about how you’re supposed to get it done.”