In a postseason filled with birds and big cats, it's a moose and a panda that have everyone talking
In a league that prominently features Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Orioles, Rays and Tigers, who would have thought it would be a moose and a panda stealing the show this postseason?
Indigenous to Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia, moose are mostly known for their size (largest in the deer family) and their iconic antlers, typically up to 79 inches wide for adult males. Though, the animal is also recognized for its ability to subvert foreign espionage during the Cold War and for ruining Chevy Chase's family vacation in 1983.
Known for its black-and-white coat of fur, the giant panda is an endangered species that used to be fairly common in China and surrounding countries. In recent years, pandas have become prominent fixtures in popular culture for properly interpretting the secret of the Dragon Scroll and vanquishing an evil snow leopard out of the Valley of Peace. (Their violent sneezes are also widely known.)
Despite numerous ostensible differences, the moose and the panda may bare a greater resemblence than you originally notice.
Known affectionately as "Moose," Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is batting .280 through the first seven postseason games for the Royals (all wins, by the way) and has four home runs to his credit, including a stretch of three straight games with a dinger. Moustakas hit just 15 homers in 140 games during the regular season.
In 29 postseason games for the Giants, third baseman Pablo Sandoval -- otherwise known as "Kung Fu Panda" -- has recorded 37 hits. Through the first seven games of the 2014 postseason, Sandoval is 10-for-32 with three doubles and three walks to boot.
And while both Moose and Panda have played significant roles in the postseason success of the Royals and Giants respectively, it's their grace at the hot corner that reveals the unnatural similarity between them:
Who knew animals of such stature could be so nimble?