It was 30 years -- almost 11,000 days -- between this moment:
And this one:
So, you can be sure the Royals celebrated their first World Series championship since 1985 like it was ... their first World Series championship since 1985.
Alcides Escobar jumped for joy:
Ben Zobrist threw his glove as high as gravity would allow:
Alex Gordon removed his chewing gum and sprinted in from left field:
Lorenzo Cain raced him from center:
And the whole team met in the middle:
Ned Yost sprinting head first into the ice shower just about says it all:
But these hats, modeled here by Jonny Gomes and Salvador Perez, do a pretty good job of communicating "World Series Champs," too:
It wasn't just the team celebrating, though. There were the fans back home:
And the fans who journeyed to Citi Field to watch their Royals clinch away from K.C. -- some of whom look quite familiar:
And did we mention Perez won World Series MVP? Because he did:
Congratulations to the 2015 WORLD CHAMPION Royals.