KANSAS CITY, Mo. The moment that sticks in the memory is a loud and wet and smoky Royals clubhouse, another wild celebration with the volume turned up to 12. Tarps protected lockers. Music blared. Conquering ballplayers smoked Cubans and toasted domestics.
The oldest and richest man in the room glided toward the relief pitcher who was once seen as a throw-in on a trade but had since become a force of nature. David Glass, the Royals owner, could relate to slow starts and strong finishes.
He wore a blue dress shirt and wide eyes as he approached Wade Davis.