The KC Royals proved they still know how to party like it’s 2015, in a 4-3 come from behind victory vs the Minnesota Twins in Kansas City.
The boys in blue made so many outstanding plays Friday night, it reminded everyone of the good old days. Names that rolled off our Grandparents lips like cool water over Niagara Falls. Wade Davis. Salvador Perez. Omar Infante. Gordon. Ventura. Hosmer. Moose. Can you imagine that? A guy named Moose? Must have been a real hoot.
The game was pure back then…
Friday’s game was a reunion that featured some of the old timers.
Alex Gordon made a fantastic play early, sliding into the left field corner saving an extra base hit.
Eric Hosmer made a great maneuver in the top of the 2nd inning when he cut off the throw from left field and caught the runner at third base.
Perez made an nice move when he pounced on an errant strikeout pitch and threw to first for the out.
Salvy also made a nice play at the plate in the 9th when he blocked another strikeout pitch. The speedy Brian Dozier was on 2nd base with no outs and might have moved to 3rd on the throw. Salvy pounced on the ball, stepped across the plate and ended up in front of the batter Byron Buxton. All of this before the poor guy even realized that he should RUN FORREST RUN! It can be hard to keep your wits against the silent assassin.
BUT…The 3 biggest disappointments in sports history are:
- – Davis not receiving the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award in 2015.
- – Davis not receiving the AL pitcher’s Gold Glove in 2015.
- – Notre Dame being voted #1 over Alabama in 1966.
I digress. Let’s get back to 4-4 in the 9th inning. In fact let’s go back to 4-3 with one out and Dozier at 2nd.
Hard ground ball up the middle by Mauer, SNAGGED by Davis. He fires to 3rd base and they get Dozier in a rundown. Most pitchers make that play 2 out of 10 times. Davis, the best defensive pitcher in baseball, would make it 9 out of 10 times. Move on. Nothing to see here.
There are some incredible twosomes in professional sport history:
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Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Wade Davis and Salvador Perez.
Reymond Fuentes got a wonderful line drive base hit with 2 outs in the 2nd against Ervin Santana that drove in Perez and Infante while giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. This won’t be the last time he makes a big play for the KC Royals.
The KC Royals have won more series’ than any team in MLB since they started this little run, at 8:06 pm on Friday, July 19th in 2013. But who’s counting? The old timers will add to that this weekend.