KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jonny Gomes, Franklin Morales and cheap Ryan Madson jersey have a special distinction that most of their Kansas City Royals jerseys teammates don’t at this time.
The veteran players are the members on the Royals jerseys’ 40 man roster that not only played in a World Series, but took home a championship ring.
Gomes was part of the 2013 Boston Red Sox jerseys club that beat St. Louis Cardinals jerseys in six games to win the title. The outfielder helped start a trend with a long beard during spring training and teammates cheap Mike Napoli jersey, David Ross, Dustin Pedoria, among others, followed.
During the World Series run, each home run was followed by a tug of the beard by teammates at home plate. Gomes hit one home run and drove in three runs in that World Series.
His August trade from the Atlanta Braves jerseys to the Royals jerseys allows Gomes to be part of a playoff team for the fifth time in the past six seasons. While off the roster during both the American League Division and Championship Series, he has been a constant presence in the dugout and clubhouse.
He had cheap mlb jerseys china been to the playoffs with the Cincinnati Reds jerseys and the Oakland A’s twice, including last year’s Wild Card Game loss at Kauffman Stadium.
He knows how it feels to advance to the World Series and then leave with the game’s biggest prize. He still wears his 2013 championship ring from time to time.
“There is a lot more behind than maybe the sticker price there; a lot went into it,” said Gomes, who hit .167 in 12 games with the Royals jerseys. “I’m extremely proud to wear it and in my eyes, it’s one of the most unique men’s group, or fraternity, you can be in. It is one of the most unique pieces in Major League Baseball. I’ve seen a lot of Silver Sluggers awards that I haven’t wanted to pick up or Gold Gloves I didn’t want to put on, but before I got my (ring), definitely the biggest thing was putting on a World Series ring.”
Boston’s roster during the 2013 season included a number of home grown talents in cheap Jacoby Ellsbury jersey, cheap Will Middlebrooks jersey, Clay Buccholz, Pedroia and cheap Brandon Workman jersey, a similar format the Royals jerseys have used to reach two straight World Series.
Gomes played in his first World Series that year, while Morales, a free agent signing this offseason, experienced his second Fall Classic with Boston in 2013 after being on the Colorado Rockies jerseys’ World Series team in 2007.
“I’m extremely fortunate to have a few playoffs checked off and when you break down the roster and the guys and the chemistry and the talent, it is ironic how they are very similar,” Gomes said. “To get to the postseason only a few things you need. Obviously talent is there, but there are a lot of similarities in winning, championship ball clubs.”
Madson made the World Series in in consecutive years with Philadelphia Phillies jerseys in 2008 and 2009. In a unique twist, that 2008 squad defeated Tampa Bay Rays jerseys which featured current Royals jerseys second baseman cheap Ben Zobrist jersey for the crown in five games. The next year, the Phillies jerseys lost in six games to the New York Yankees jerseys.
The right handed reliever has a 3.38 ERA in nine World Series games, striking out 12 and walking only two. But, Madson is a different pitcher than he was then after a four year layoff between time in the big leagues. The Royals jerseys brought him to spring training as a non roster invitee and he landed a spot on the 25 man roster.
Madson can see similarities in this team to the Phillies jerseys that featured young stars like cheap Chase Utley jersey, cheap Jimmy Rollins jersey, Ryan Howard, cheap Cole Hamels jersey and cheap Carlos Ruiz jersey that came up through the system.
“I saw it in spring training and I liked it a lot,” Madson said of the 2015 Royals jerseys. “It gave me a great feeling and that is when I wanted to be a part of this team. Knowing all those good experiences in the past came back. I knew it was a special team and they would do great things.”