Bill Buckner: ‘More Pressure During Playoffs To Get To World Series’

After dropping two of three in San Francisco – and getting shut out in Game 5 – many people wondered if the Kansas City Royals had enough in the tank to muster a Game 7.

Well, they did.

The Royals blitzed the San Francisco Giants for seven runs in the second inning of Game 6 on Tuesday, ultimately winning 10-0.

“It’s amazing,” former MLB All-Star Bill Buckner said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s kind of fun to watch. Kansas City had to regroup, and they have. (Wednesday) will be fun. There’s nothing like a seventh game.”

The Royals chased Giants starter Jake Peavy after 1.1 innings. Peavy allowed five runs on six hits. Kansas City finished with 15 hits, with every starter getting at least one. Lorenzo Cain led the way with three RBIs, while Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas had two apiece.

Starter Yordano Ventura, meanwhile, was stellar throughout. He got out of an early jam or two and allowed just three hits in seven innings.

Game 7 is Wednesday in Kansas City at 8:07 p.m. ET, with Tim Hudson opposing Jeremy Guthrie. The Giants are 0-4 all time in winner-take-all games in the World Series.

Would Buckner bet against the Royals in Game 7?

“No, definitely not,” he said. “I’d probably kind of favor them.”

Buckner, 64, played 20 seasons in the bigs for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and, yes, the Royals. A former batting champion, he finished his career with a .289 average to go with 2,715 hits and 1,208 RBIs.

Buckner considered making a run at 3,000 hits toward the end of his career, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“The last year I was playing, I felt really good,” he said. “I thought I was going to get it, but I tore a labrum in my shoulder and I was done.”

Buckner did, however, play for the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series against the Mets. Buckner was asked if that was the most pressure-packed series of his life.

“Actually, there’s more pressure during the playoffs to get there,” he said. “If you win the playoffs and get in the World Series, it’s almost like the pressure’s off. It was fun. Everybody, when you’re a little kid, you dream about getting in the seventh game. It’s a great experience. It’s something you dream about when you’re a kid. You play baseball for fun and all of a sudden you get paid to play one game when you have 200 or 300 million people watching.”

Buckner had the unique experience of playing for two World Series-starved – some would say cursed – franchises in his career, the Cubs and Red Sox. He enjoyed his time in both cities.

“Fans are great there,” he said of Chicago. “Hungry for a World Series. I’m sure they’re going to get it in a few years. They got some great young players coming up. Probably four of them will be starting in the big leagues next year.”

Buckner was happy when the Red Sox won it all in 2004 and again in 2007 and 2013.

“I was happy for them,” he said. “I’m just glad to see that they finally won.”

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