No. 9 Wade Davis Closes Out World Series
Stop yelling. Please, stop yelling. Let me explain. Yes, this is the moment the Kansas City Royals won their first World Series title since 1985. No, it’s not the top moment of the postseason.
Everything built to this, but the drama—thankfully—wasn’t there. Royals fans might not have survived a dramatic ending like the one they experienced in ALCS Game 6. Thankfully, they didn’t have to suffer through that again.
Everything built to this, but the drama—thankfully—wasn’t there.
Taking a five-run lead into the bottom of the 12th felt a whole lot better than a one-run lead would have felt. However, that would have vaulted this memory up the list.
Instead, most fans had come to the realization during the five-run outburst that the long wait would come to an end. Davis made sure of that.
Unlike the aforementioned ALCS Game 6, he started off the deciding inning with a strong showing. He struck out back-to-back hitters before Michael Conforto singled. Davis, though, finished off the game, the season and the drought with a strikeout of Wilmer Flores.
The only thing that felt wrong about the moment was having Drew Butera instead of Salvador Perez jumping into Davis’ arms. However, Perez had done his job in the top of the 12th, and Ned Yost had made the right decision in pinch-running for him.
This also seems like a good time to let you know that the parade does not appear on this list. It’s a moment all its own, and we’ve decided to stick with on-the-field memories that led to that off-the-field one.