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PHOENIX -- Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost spent most of the offseason waiting for the sting to go away. It never did.
"You try to tell yourself how good (the season) was but you always go back to so close, no cigar," Yost said at an MLB event on Monday.
Yost's status as runner-up is due mostly to Madison Bumgarner, who gave up one run over 21 innings in the series, winning two starts and saving Game 7.
"When I go back and try to reevaluate our playoff run, I look at it and go, we lost four games during the entire playoffs and three of the games were a direct result of Madison Bumgarner's performances," Yost said. "As hard as it is to swallow, it was a historic performance. You can't take that away from him. His performance was historic.
"I think without Madison we would be champions. But we're not, because of what he did. What he did is just amazing."
After thinking about the series for the past four months, Yost is sure about another thing: Alex Gordon made the right decision. Gordon was held at third by coach Mike Jirschele after racing around the bases on Gregor Blanco's error with two outs in the ninth.
Yost said he's often asked if Gordon would have been out by 20 feet. He responds that it would have been 40.
"I'm not suicidal, alright," Yost said. "And that would have been suicide to send Gordy."