1. November 1, 2015: Eric Hosmer’s Mad Dash Home
Really, could any other play be bigger? Eric Hosmer’s crazy gamble to tie Game 5 of the 2015 World Series is not only the biggest play of the season, it’s already an iconic moment that will define this generation of Kansas City Royals baseball.
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Seriously. Hosmer’s play to tie Game 5 will likely become as memorable as Pete Rose running over catcher Ray Fosse at home plate in the 1970 All-Star game, or Carlton Fisk waving his home run fair in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Met’s ace Matt Harvey appeared to be the first Mets starter to take over a game after the New York media touted the Mets starters as the dominant force that would decide the World Series.
Harvey finished the 8th inning with a 2-0 lead after striking out nine and allowing only four hits and one walk to Kansas City Royals hitters. When Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to pull him for closer Jeurys Familia, Harvey pleaded with his manager to finish the game.
While down 3-1, a win would send the series back to Kansas City but with the Mets rotation threatening to assert themselves after a rough beginning to the Series.
Convinced by Harvey’s passionate plea, Collins sent Harvey back out for the ninth to the delight of the home crowd. Mat Harvey, however, didn’t count on Eric Hosmer ruining his party.
After Lorenzo Cain drew a leadoff walk and stole second, Eric Hosmer doubled to left to score Cain. After Mike Moustakas’ groundout advanced Hosmer to third, Salvador Perez came to the plate.
Perez slapped a weak ground to Mets third baseman David Wright who froze Hosmer with a look and threw to first base for the putout on Perez.
The Kansas City Royals scouting report, however, instructed the team to take any chance to test the arms of Wright and first baseman Lucas Duda. Hosmer instantly put the report into action by breaking for home as Wright turned his attention toward making the throw to first.
Buoyed by the knowledge that making an out at home would simply send the series to Kansas City with the Royals still up three games to two, Homser trucked into home with a headfirst slide.
To the eternal agony of Mets’ fans, Duda’s throw sailed beyond the reach of catcher Travis D’Arnaud, allowing Hosmer to tie the game at 2-2.
Though the Mets escaped the inning without surrendering the lead, the entire stadium appeared to feel that it was only a matter of time before the KC Royals put them away. Not only did the fans seem broken, the Mets players appeared stiff and wooden in the dugout.
It took until the 12th inning, but the Kansas City Royals bludgeoned Bartolo Colon for a five-run rally that gave Kansas City an insurmountable lead—and their second World Series victory in franchise history.