3. Alex Gordon’s “Triple” in Game 7
As you might have noticed, there haven’t been many highlights from the World Series. Part of that is due to several one-sided games—particularly compared to the rest of the postseason. The other part is that many of the Kansas City Royals’ key rallies were #KeepTheLineMoving incidents that don’t lend themselves to these kind of countdowns.
Here is one of the few moments that truly got all Kansas City Royals fans out of their seats. Things had been looking bleak for much of Game 7 with Madison Bumgarner shutting the offense down.
Even still, the Kansas City Royals entered the ninth inning down just 3-2. However, Bumgarner retired Hosmer and Butler quickly to put the Giants on the brink of the title. The Royals’ last hope stepped to the plate in the form of Gordon.
Unfortunately, it would be a year until the Royals lifer would hit a clutch game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a World Series game. He still came through this time with a hit to center field.
It should have been a simple single, but former Kansas City Royals outfielder Gregor Blanco made a mess of it. The ball skipped past him and made it all the way to the base of the left-center field wall. Left fielder Juan Perez chased the ball down and—despite bobbling it—got the ball back in to keep Gordon from attempting a Little League home run.
Of course, we all know how this ended. Perez fouls out, Pablo Sandoval collapses to the ground and the Giants celebrate at Kauffman Stadium. But as far as singular moments, Gordon’s race around the bases had fans collectively holding their breath. That’s worth a top-three spot.