Lorenzo Cain, who grew up in Madison County, performed well at his last game with the Kansas City Royals— so well that he won everyone in America breakfast. Cain stole second base, which was the trigger that unlocked a Taco Bell promotion called “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast.” So not only did the Royals win their match against the New York Mets, America won free Taco Bell A.M Crunchwraps on November 5. The Royals are a professional baseball team located in Kansas City, Missouri. They are currently competing in the World Series. Their website includes footage of Cain’s incredible steal, which boasts that Cain reached a top speed of 20.5 miles per hour during his sprint to second base. The team has only one World Series win in their history, which occurred in 1985. They were able to compete in the World Series in 1980 and 2014 but lost both times. This year, the team is very competitive and fans will be the first to tell you that the Royals are going to win. Madison County residents have a special tie to the sweet-natured outfielder, Cain, who was raised right here in the county.
During a 2014 interview, a Greene Publishing’s reporter met Cain at his mother’s house. Greene Publishing’s reporter wrote, “He came to the door of his mother’s home, with his newborn son sleeping on his shoulder, never putting him down throughout the entire interview. Cain was soft-spoken and a little reserved when speaking about himself, and anytime he was asked about his accomplishments with the Royals, he deflected the spotlight away from him and to the direction of the team as a whole.” Cain lost his father at the age of four, and his mother, Patricia, raised him single-handedly while living and working in Madison County. Undoubtedly, Lorenzo’s determination is his mother’s mark. Lorenzo had no plans of joining the baseball team in his early years at the Madison County High School. In fact, football was his desire— but also his mother’s bane. She forbid him from playing. After a failed attempt at basketball, Cain was convinced to play baseball. Even upon graduation, Cain turned down an offer to go play for the Milwaukee Brewers. He settled down to study at and play for Tallahassee Community College, accepting a position with the Brewers upon his graduation. He was drafted by the Royals in 2010 and was named Most Valuable Player of the Year in 2014.
Despite the joy of winning that title, Lorenzo was crestfallen with the World Series loss, vowing that the team would come back from the loss “ready to go.” These, they are proving, were not idle words, as he and his teammates fight their way to victory against the New York Mets. The World Series is a grueling post-season match-off, where the Mets and Royals will face off seven times in almost back-to-back games. Game 2 was played on October 28, which resulted in a 7-1 win. They play again on October 30, October 31, November 1, November 3 and November 4.
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1. Lorenzo Cain