NEW YORK -- Kansas City Royals legend George Brett has seen his former team come full circle, three decades after he helped bring KC its first World Series title in 1985. On Sunday night he saw the 2015 Royals finish the New York Mets in five games, and told FOX 4 while celebrating on Citi Field that he was overjoyed.
"Obviously ya' feel great for each and every one of these guys. I mean what a ride it's been; last year the ride to the seventh game of the World Series, obviously this year winning the World Series in five games," Brett said.
The Hall of Famer expressed happiness for the entire organization, and has been closely connected with a lot of Royals on this team after serving as an interim hitting coach in the middle of the 2013 season. While his coaching stint only lasted a couple of months, he's now in the Royals' front office and has been a fixture in the stands as the team has made incredible postseason runs over the last two years. He remarked that the team's stunning sweep through the American League playoffs, only to come up short in the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, served a valuable purpose.
"I think they realized winning the World Series is not that easy, and that just made them work harder, and as a result here we are after five games of the World Series. It's pretty incredible," he told FOX 4's Al Wallace and John Holt.
He said the 2015 World Series champions helped wash away some bad New York memories, and did it in impressive fashion.
"It was something very, very special to come into a hostile, I mean very, very hostile crowd and beat them two out of three. That says something about our ball club," Brett said.
While he would have enjoyed a celebration on the field at Kauffman Stadium, Brett said he was content to see the Royals win the Commissioner's Trophy in New York.
"In a perfect world, Kansas City, believe me, we would have loved to lose this game if God guaranteed us we'd win Game 6," he said.
After the Royals return from New York, a victory parade is in store on Tuesday. Get all of the details by clicking on this link.