He may have only been in the KC Royals system for a few months, but outfielder Quintin Berry is still a former Royal. Now, he can add “World Champion” to that list.
Berry, who the Royals traded to Boston on August 27th in a non-waiver deal, did not make his big league Red Sox debut until September 1st. When the Red Sox acquired him, they were looking for a Dave Roberts-type of player, one who could come off the bench and quickly steal a base (if you are a Red Sox or NY Yankees fan, you know of his tale).
Berry has never been caught stealing a base in his big league career: he is a perfect 29-for-29 including the postseason. He made one appearance in the World Series and made it count. He pinch ran for David Ortiz in the 8th inning of Game 4 and immediately stole second base. Not many players can say they stole a base off Gold Glover Yadier Molina. He was the only Red Sox player to test the great arm of Molina.
In the postseason, Berry went 3-for-3 in stolen bases.
I remember Berry from his Philadelphia Phillies days, when he ran all over the place (and was a good centerfielder). I still do not understand why they let him go. Oh well, it worked out better for him eventually.
Meanwhile it took former Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran until he was 36 years old and over 2,000 big league games to reach the World Series. Unfortunately, he is headed home without a title.
He made a grand slam saving catch in Game 1 of the World Series, but left in the 2nd inning with a rib contusion. However, Beltran was back in the lineup for Game 2 and went 2-for-4 with a two out RBI in the seventh.
The series then moved to St. Louis for the next three games. They walked off in Game 3 on an interference call (Beltran went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored). In Game 4, he went 1-for-4 with an RBI, but was left standing at the plate as the tying run when rookie pinch runner Kolten Wong was picked off first base to end the game. In Game 5, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shuffled the lineup and moved Beltran to the cleanup spot. He went 1-for-3, but the Cardinals still lost.
The series moved back to Boston, where the Red Sox won the Game 6 clincher. Beltran went 1-for-4 and drove in the Cardinals lone run. He was back in the two spot in the order and was left standing in the on deck circle as Matt Carpenter struck out to end the Cardinals season.
Beltran is a free agent and the media asked him following the loss where he might end up. He stated that he would love to return to St. Louis, but he is a veteran and understands the business. He is not sure if he is in the Cardinals plan for the future. Maybe a return to Kansas City IS in his future?