Christmas Day is a day to get together with family, so Fox Sports Kansas City wants you to get together with your Royals family. On Christmas, FSKC will air a Royals marathon of the most exciting games of the Royals 2015 Championship season beginning at 9 a.m. Here are the games presented:
9:00 a.m. - July 12 - Royals 11 Blue Jays 10
In the last game before the All-Star break, the Royals and Blue Jays engage in a wild one on a hot Sunday afternoon game. The Royals shell Felix Doubront for six runs in the first inning in what seemed like an error-filled laugher, but the Royals would commit four errors of their own and cough up eight runs in the sixth to blow a 7-0 lead. The Royals bullpen uncharacteristically gave up six runs, including a run in the eighth to give Wade Davis his only blown save of the season. Paulo Orlando would save the day though with a go-ahead home run in the eighth to cap off a crazy game.
This was another Sunday afternoon game, but in much drearier conditions at Fenway Park. The Royals trailed the Red Sox 6-4 in the ninth. Omar Infante led the inning off with a triple, but when he was cut down at home trying to score when third base coach Mike Jirschele sent him on a bizarre play, it seemed that a rally was not in the cards. However the Royals would show the comeback formula that would foreshadow their October later that year. Four of the next five hitters would single, and a walk to Kendrys Morales would load the bases for Mike Moustakas. Moose would have an epic at-bat, fouling off six pitches in all, before doubling home two runs to give the Royals the lead.
1:00 p.m. "Take the Crown"
A one-hour retrospective on the 2015 Royals, hosted by FSKC’s Ryan Lefebvre, Rex Hudler, Joel Goldberg and Jeff Montgomery.
The Royals ripped ten runs off a parade of Mariners relievers to clinch their first-ever Central Division title, and their first division title overall since 1985. Mariners starter James Paxton had to exit in the second inning with a fingernail injury, and the Mariners kept it close at 3-3 in the sixth. A two-run single by Lorenzo Cain that inning would give the Royals the lead and the floodgates would soon open. The Royals would pile on five more runs, capped by an Alex Rios triple in the eighth. Johnny Cueto would pick up the win and the Royals would celebrate that night.
Alcides Escobar would get the fireworks going early with an inside-the-park home run in the first, but the Mets would take a 4-3 lead into the ninth. With one out, Alex Gordon would destroy a Jeurys Familia pitch to dead center field, tying the game 4-4 and sending it into extra innings. A David Wright error in the fourteenth would open the door for the Royals, who needed a Ben Zobrist single, an intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain, and an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly to win an epic Game One.
7:00 p.m. - Take the Crown
The Royals win their first championship in nearly three decades after a thrilling Game Five extra innings victory in New York. The Royals trailed 2-0 into the ninth courtesy of a terrific pitching performance by Matt Harvey. But Harvey faltered in the ninth, giving up an RBI double to Eric Hosmer. With Familia now on the mound, Salvador Perez bounced a weak grounder to third, but that was enough for Eric Hosmer, now at third base, to take off for home in an aggressive play. A wide throw by Lucas Duda allowed Hosmer to tie the game, and Christian Colon would knock home the go-ahead run in the twelfth before the Royals broke the game wide open to take the crown.
11:00 p.m. - Championship Parade and Celebration
See 800,000 of your closest friends descend upon Union Station to see Jonny Gomes give his most meaningful contribution of the season to the Royals.
12:30 p.m. - Take the Crown
Fans are encouraged the use the hashtag #RoyalsChristmas during the marathon. So stock up on egg nog and settle in, its going to be a Royals Christmas.