Davies' win sparks a slew of memories
In '07, deals with wayward cabbie and allowing milestone HR
NEW YORK -- When Kyle Davies earned a victory for the Royals on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, he couldn't help but recall what happened almost a year before.
Just acquired from the Atlanta Braves, Davies was to make his first Kansas City start on Aug. 4 at Yankee Stadium. So he left the team's hotel on East 39th Street and hailed a taxi.
"I got a cab and told him to take me to Yankee Stadium, and he punched it in to his little navigator. About an hour later, we're traveling, and there are no more buildings and no more traffic, and we're on an Interstate," Davies said.
Uh-oh. Yankee Stadium is enmeshed in the crowded Bronx. The cabbie insisted he was on the right route.
"I don't think so, buddy," Davies told him.
In reality, Davies was either headed for, or actually in, Connecticut. He's not sure. The driver made a U-turn, found his way and delivered the pitcher to the stadium two hours before the first pitch. That's the minimum allowed to Royals players and an hour later than Davies wanted to arrive.
Then he went out and served up Alex Rodriguez's 500th career home run in the first inning, and gave up five runs in a game the Yankees ultimately won, 16-8.
"That wasn't the worst thing that happened that week," he said.
Three days earlier, Davies was on his way to join the Royals for their series at Minnesota. That was the day Buddy Bell stunned everyone by announcing he'd step down as manager. Then, by the time Davies got to the Metrodome, something tragic had occurred.
"The bridge fell," he said, referring to the deadly I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. "I went right over it 10 minutes before it fell."
When the Royals returned home from New York, their first game, against the Twins, was interrupted by a 36-minute power failure.
Those were just some of the things Davies remembered after he beat the Yankees, 2-1, in the series opener here.
"This time the week started a little bit better," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.