2015 World Series: Game 5

Posted on November 2, 2015

Alcides Escobar #2, Eric Hosmer #35 and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals celebrate defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

 

I still can’t get over what a terrific team the Kansas City Royals are. They are the best team in baseball and they deserve to have won the 2015 World Series when they beat the Mets in Game 5 last night with a thrilling 7-2 win in 12 innings at Citi Field in New York. I only wish they could have held off with their magic for one night so I could have traveled with my MLB Photos team to Kansas City today to shoot Game 6 tomorrow night. I am not ready for the season to end.

If you are reading this blog then you are probably aware of what happened last night. The Mets blew a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning after starter Matt Harvey tossed 8 brilliant shutout innings. Then it all went bad. Really fucking bad. I was so excited. I really thought the Mets would hold on. I thought I would be back in Kansas City tonight. Instead the Series is over and I don’t have another baseball game to shoot for a long time.

I was super positive before the game last night. The weather was warm and I had an incredible photo position to shoot from, low inside first base right behind the Mets on deck circle. Harvey was pitching and the vibe was electric. I had champagne duty in the Royals clubhouse if they won but I kept telling myself I would not need to go in. I was right. Almost.

A fan holds a sign outside prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out the side in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets stands in the on-deck circle during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets falls down after fouling the ball off his leg during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches in the 9th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets comes out of the game in the top of the 9th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals scores the game tying run in the top of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game tying run in the top of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets argues with the home plate umpire after being called out on strikes in extra innings during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City.(Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

David Wright #5 the New York Mets waits in the on deck circle in extra innings during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City.(Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals reacts to scoring the go ahead run in the top of the 12th inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout in the bottom of the 12th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after the last out of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Eric Hosmer #35 and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals celebrate defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Actor Paul Rudd celebrates in the locker room with the Kansas City Royals after a 7-2 victory in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Johnny Cueto #47 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with the Commissioner’s trophy in the locker room after winning Game 5 of the 2015 World Series 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

I got to bed around 5am this morning after the long day/night at the ballpark and a fun postgame gathering with our MLB Photos team in Koreatown around 3:30am (thanks Rob Tringali!). I was done. This game took so much out of me. The Royals comeback was incredible, but I was drained. I was so set on going back to KC I wasn’t able to come to grips with the season ending so abruptly. I was so emotional after shooting in the locker room I cried. I was a mess. I just couldn’t hide my sadness. I hate the end of the baseball season. I had so much fun shooting this Series and seeing my friends, I was not ready to begin my winter so fast. I decided to stay in the city today and fly home tomorrow. I plan on doing some relaxing with my cats Mike and Willie for a few days and getting caught up on some of the good reality television I have been missing, especially Gold Rush!

Photographer Brad Mangin poses with Mr. Met prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely)

 

What Others Are Saying

  1. Cathy November 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Brad, your photos are absolutely stunning. You capture such incredible moments that tell the stories of the great game of baseball. I met you at Momo’s with Murph at your book signing in 2013. I feel the same way about baseball being over for the season. It’s a huge loss every Fall, but a new beginning each Spring! Looking forward to a memorable 2016 MLB season and seeing more of your fabulous work.

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  4. Brad Mangin November 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words Cathy! I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my pictures and read my blog. I can’t wait for next season!

    Brad

  5. Jim McNay November 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Brad – Catching up, checking your pictures. Another great series, another great job on your part. Kudos!

    Enjoy your catch-up time with the cats as you get set for a winter of editing.

    Best,

    Jim

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