An improbable American League pennant winner begets an improbable American League Championship Series MVP. Lorenzo Cain won the ALCS MVP Award following the Kansas City Royals' 2-1 victory in Game 4 over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday evening:
Cain finished the series with a .533 batting average while driving in one run and scoring five. His average was the second highest in Royals history over one postseason series, per America's Pregame:
The center fielder also made a statement with his glove, particularly with this diving catch in Game 2 to likely rob J.J. Hardy of extra bases:
Pedro Martinez, former MLB ace and current Turner Sports analyst, felt Cain was more than deserving of the honor:
Former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson, who was part of the last Kansas City team to win a World Series ring, also congratulated Cain on his accomplishment:
Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz got emotional as Cain stood on the podium with his MVP award, per Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star:
The 28-year-old's life might have played out completely differently had he made his high school basketball team, per Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago:
Kansas City will play in the World Series for the first time since 1985, when Wilson, George Brett and Bret Saberhagen helped lead the Royals to a 4-3 series win over the St. Louis Cardinals. History could repeat itself, but the Cardinals will have to get past the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series first.
Game 1 of the Fall Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Cain will undoubtedly be a key player for the Royals as they hope to reach the promised land again, and the ALCS MVP might not be the only trophy he's taking home this postseason.