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World Series 2014: Is Game 2 is a must-win for the Royals?

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The 2014 World Series began last night with Game 1 in Kansas City. After just five batters, the Giants already had a 3-0 lead and never looked back, taking a one game to none lead in the series. For the Royals, losing the first game of the World Series hurt, but would losing Game 2 be the death-blow to their chances of being crowned champions?

Yes - Game 2 is a must-win for the Royals

No one wants to lose the first two games of a postseason series, but losing them on your home field hurts even more. The Royals have the home-field advantage in the series thanks to the American League's win in this season's All-Star Game (a ridiculous reason, but that's a discussion for a different day), and if they lose Game 2, that will completely blow a great opportunity. San Francisco's AT&T Stadium is one of the toughest stadiums to play in for a road team in Major League Baseball, and winning at least two games there would be a tough task.

Since the league went to the 2-3-2 format for the World Series, there have been 13 teams that lost the first two games of the series at home. Of those teams, eight of them ended up getting swept and only three ended up going on to win the series.

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Top 5 Plays of the MLB Playoffs So Far

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ALCS Game 3: Mike Moustakas makes two diving catches

The Kansas City Royals are making their first appearance in baseball's postseason since 1985, which was before most of their players were even born. Now, the Royals are the feel good story of this postseason. During Game 3 of their series versus the Baltimore Orioles, 26-year-old third baseman Mike Moustakas made two fantastic grabs. His catches are just two examples of the many great defensive plays the Royals have made so far in the playoffs. If the Royals get to the World Series, their defense will be a large reason why.

ALDS Game 1: Mike Moustakas extra innings homer

Oh, and defense won't be the only reason; the Royals' timely hitting will also play a big role. When Moustakas stepped to the plate and hit the game-winning extra innings home run in Game 1 of the ALDS versus the heavily favored Los Angeles Angels, people started viewing Kansas City as a legit threat. The Angels definitely know it now, because the Royals quickly swept Los Angeles out of the playoffs.

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October 2013 Events Image

It's a pretty great time of the year for sports, concerts, and theater, given that each category has a plethora of events to choose from. Big names like Elton John and Kanye West will launch U.S. tours this month, while the NFL season continues on strong (as if there was ever any doubt). On top of that, NBA has its pre-season while MLB heads into its postseason, and several shows — including one about legendary musician Janis Joplin — open on Broadway.

Concerts

Pink: She opens her latest tour, "The Truth About Love," Oct. 10 in Oakland, CA, which she follows up with several California performances before sweeping through the rest of the U.S.

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Elton John: Though he's spent plenty of time at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, this month, Elton John takes his show on tour. First up: Austin, TX, Oct. 17

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Kanye West: In his first solo tour in five years, Kanye West teams up with up-and-coming rap star Kendrick Lamar. The tour starts in Seattle, WA, Oct 19, hitting cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York along the way.

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Mariano Rivera Says Farewell to Yankee Stadium

Saying goodbye is never easy, but somehow it gets even more emotional when you've got an entire team, stadium of fans, and world watching. On Thursday, Yankees player Mariano Rivera said farewell to his team and the game, after he was pulled from the game in the ninth by teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Watching him say goodbye is equal parts sad and moving. Check it out above.

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There is no hotter topic in sports right now than the circus that is surrounding Alex Rodriguez. From his appeal of the 211 game suspension that he was handed by Major League Baseball to him getting beaned by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in this past weekend's game, A-Rod is consistently the lead story on SportsCenter.

Why? Because people really love being entertained.

Sports, not unlike a television show or movie, is infinitely more entertaining when there is a great story-line. As much as MLB wants to punish A-Rod for his involvement with using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), they would be kidding themselves if they don't think he is main reason for the high ratings that the Yankees-Red Sox games got over the weekend. He is the villain. He is the heel. He is the guy everyone loves to hate. Most importantly, he provides great theater.

While I don't advocate the use of steroids in sports, I just think it's hard to deny that the topic is pretty entertaining to talk and argue about. In fact, I'd definitely say that PEDs kind of make sports more interesting. Hear me out.

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