Taking the Crown: Greatest Moments

November 12, 2015

Royals Rally In Game Four of the American League Division Series

This moment is one that fans will look to for years to come as one of the most significant in the Kansas City Royals World Series win. The Royals were down by four runs in the eighth inning of Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. If they lost that game, their season would have been over. Many loyal Royals fans lost hope. That proved to be a mistake as the Royals struck for five runs after scoring two runs from hitting five straight singles from right-fielder Alex Rios, shortstop Alcides Escobar, second-baseman Ben Zobrist, center-fielder Lorenzo Cain, and first-baseman Eric Hosmer; they then scored two more on an error by Mets’ pitcher Tony Sipp, and another on an RBI groundout to second base by Alex Gordon. This rally led to a win that forced another game in the series. The Royals went on to win that game and advanced to play the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Conference Series. Without their rally, this would not have been possible.

Freshman Caleb Tywater recalled what he was doing at this moment.

“We were going crazy in Mr. Conkling’s room,” Tywater said. “We had a little mosh pit going.”

Junior James Kucera also said what he was thinking at the time.

“I told myself before the inning started that we don’t quit,” Kucera said. “We came back in the Wild Card game last year, so I knew we could do it. I started getting really confident once the bases were loaded.”

Mental Error by the Blue Jays Leads to a Game-Winning Rally

In Game Two of the American League Conference Series, the Royals were down by three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blue Jays’ pitcher David Price had pitched seven perfect innings after Alcides Escobar’s leadoff single, and it looked like the Royals were about to lose the game. Then disaster struck the Blue Jays. A routine fly ball off the bat of Ben Zobrist dropped between second baseman Ryan Goins and right-fielder Jose Bautista, which allowed Zobrist to reach first base. It seemed like a harmless play, but the Royals went on to rally for five runs in that inning and win the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

Tywater had an interesting reaction to this play.

“I was yelling at Jose Bautista through the TV,” Tywater said. “You’re a loser because nobodhisy likes you, especially me!”

Lorenzo Cain Scores from First Base on Eric Hosmer’s Line Drive to Right Field

The Royals and the Blue Jays were in a battle during Game Six of the American League Conference Series. The game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning with Lorenzo Cain on base and Eric Hosmer up to bat. Hosmer hit a line drive toward the line in right field to Jose Bautista. Cain, running on contact, was able to run all the way from first to home in 10.47 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 20.7 mph. This gave the Royals a 4-3 lead that closer Wade Davis held to win the game and advance to the World Series.

Sophomore Jamie Fogel couldn’t quite comprehend what had happened.

“I was listening to the game on the radio,” Fogel said. “It was very hectic because the announcers didn’t describe the play well. I knew that it was a good play for us because I could hear the fans celebrating, but I didn’t get a good picture of it until later.”

Tywater laughed as he recalled his reaction to the play.

“I was so excited that I threw my brother into a giant bean bag,” Tywater said.

Hosmer Scores Tying Run in Game Five of the World Series

The Royals were down by one run in Game Five of the World Series with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Eric Hosmer was standing on third base after hitting an RBI double in his previous at-bat. Catcher Salvador Perez broke his bat hitting a ground ball to third base. Mets’ third-baseman David Wright fielded it, looked at Hosmer and threw to Mets’ first-baseman Lucas Duda to get Perez out. That is when Hosmer took off. He aggressively decided to run home when, if he was thrown out, the Royals would have lost the game. Luckily for the Royals, Duda made an errant throw and Hosmer scored, tying the game.

Junior Wyatt Palmer had a memorable experience after the play.

“A bunch of the junior boys were at Nate Streeter’s house,” Palmer said. “We startled talking each other and I think I tackled Nate.”

Fogel had a very different reaction.

“I was angry because I didn’t think that he was going to make it,” Fogel said. “I was yelling at my TV ‘Go back!'”

Christian Colon’s Clutch Hit Wins the World Series

The Royals were tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th inning in Game Five of the World Series. Infielder Christian Colon came up to bat, pinch-hitting for his first at-bat in the post-season. He quickly got himself into a hole, going down to a 0-2 count, but after taking a ball and fouling off another pitch, he was able to get a base hit to left-center field, driving outfielder Jarrod Dyson in for the eventual game winning run that would win the World Series.

Fogel couldn’t believe what Colon had just done.

“That was definitely unreal,” Fogel said. “I had to watch it again a couple of times because I couldn’t believe it.”

Tywater, on the other hand, immediately reacted with joy.

“I was so happy that I threw my phone across the room,” Tywater said.

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