SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Several members of the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco for the 2014 World Series have local ties and are returning to the Bay Area in enemy colors.
Manager Ned Yost, who was born in Eureka and said he grew up a Giants fan, played baseball and graduated from Dublin High School. He also attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward, making the baseball team as a walk-on.READ MORE: Support Builds for KPIX Reporter Targeted in YouTuber's Racist Remarks
Game 3 starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitched for the Stanford University baseball team, and pitched in the College World Series tournament in 2001. His team made it to the finals before losing to Miami.
Hitting coach Dale Sveum, who once played for the Oakland A’s, was born in Richmond and graduated from Pinole Valley High School in Pinole. He was an All-State and All-American quarterback at Pinole Valley in addition to playing baseball and basketball.READ MORE: Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin on Movie Set Kills Cinematographer, Wounds Bay Area Director
Bullpen coach Doug Henry is a Sacramento native who pitched two seasons for the Giants, helping them reach the playoffs in 1997 and 2000. Henry graduated from Tennyson High School in Hayward and was a teammate of Barry Bonds at Arizona State University.
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu graduated from Hayward High School where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He was also a teammate of Barry Bonds at Arizona State. He also served one season as a bench coach for the Oakland A’s in 2008.MORE NEWS: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas Station
Not quite in the Bay Area but pretty close …. First base coach Rusty Kuntz graduated from Paso Robles High school and attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo where he played baseball, basketball and football. Kuntz later attended California State University, Stanislaus, and was a member of two Division III World Series Championship teams in 1976 and 1977.