For baseball fans across the country, there is no more familiar face of the franchise than Hall of Famer George Brett. And for decades, there is likely no one who had to endure more questions about the franchise’s futility than the Mission Hills resident.
So when Greg Holland got the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy to ground out to third base, securing the Royals’ first trip to the World Series since Brett’s 1985 team won the title, the national television cameras were trained on him. And who was there to offer Brett the first congratulatory hug? No other than SM East graduate Tim Grimes, who grew up in Fairway just a couple of miles away from Brett’s home, and watched the game with Brett from a suite.
Grimes’ appearance in the post-game footage wasn’t his only appearance on national television Wednesday. FOX’s pre-game show for the NLCS game featured a four-minute piece on Grimes and the #RoyalsWinForTim campaign. The piece notes that doctors have given Grimes just a 5 percent chance to survive the disease past a year to 18 months.
“A 5 percent chance is probably what they gave the Royals to make it this far,” Grimes said in the interview. “They haven’t given up.”