The venue shifts, and a new story line – the Royals aren’t chumps! – has been introduced, but the basics remain the same as the San Francisco Giants prepare to host Kansas City in Game 3 of the 2014 World Series.
San Francisco fans were awakened from their their sweep dreams when the Royals stomped the Giants in Game 2 Wednesday night. Conversely, Royals backers found new hope and displayed their raucous Midwestern rooting sensibilities, loosing the frustrations that developed during the Game 1 egg laid by their blue-clad heroes.
So it’s all even as both teams and their followers prepare for Friday night’s 5:07 first pitch at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Keep a sharp ear on the Fox broadcasting team, whose collective head nearly exploded during a search for ways to paint Kansas City as home to the world’s most patient, loud, constant and hopeful fans. Will the fans wrapped in AT&T’s misty fall embrace enjoy similar elevation for their devotion? Will those fans, in fact, match the roars those rib-fed Kansans launched with each Royals success?
Answers to come.
As has been the case throughout the series so far, options for following the game exist. Here’s a rundown:
▪ 5:07 p.m., Fox television (Fox40 in the Sacramento region). Coverage team: play-by-play Joe Buck; color analysis Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci; and field reporting Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal
Fox pregame coverage, 4:30-5 p.m.
▪ Other baseball pregame coverage: 3-5 p.m. on the MLB network; and 4-5 p.m. on ESPN2.
▪ KNBR, 680 AM. Coverage team: play-by-play Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming; color analysis Mike Krukow .
▪ ESPN 1320 AM. Coverage team: play-by-play Dan Shulman; color analysis Aaron Boone; pregame hosting Marc Kestecher.
The game can be followed on a live blog at sacbee.com beginning at 4 p.m. Coverage will come from live Tweets sent by The Bee’s coverage team, as well as reporters from The Kansas City Star and other sources.
Other updates will be in The Bee’s World Series package from The Sports Network. In addition to scores and statistics, it features photos and other updated information.
Stories, photos, galleries, videos and comment will be provided throughout the series on the Major League Baseball page at sacbee.com.
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