Relive the crazy ninth-inning rally that propelled the Royals to their World Series victory
How many times did the Royals seem out of it?
Yet, like the Terminator, they keep coming -- even long after you think they're done. Take, oh, I dunno, the ninth inning of World Series Game 5, for example.
The Royals were trailing by two runs and had to face Matt Harvey, who had pitched eight shutout innings (and talked his way back onto the field to try for another). And, considering the roar at Citi Field when Harvey strode back out to try and close out the game, it probably felt like they were facing the entire city of New York.
Undeterred, the Royals did what they always do: Run hard and pounce when the opponent makes a mistake.
To start the frame, Lorenzo Cain drew a walk and immediately stole second base. Eric Hosmer followed that up with a double, scoring Cain and ending Harvey's night.
A Mike Moustakas groundout advanced Hosmer to third, and Salvador Perez came to the plate with one out and the season on the line. And ...
Perez hit a soft ground ball to Mets third baseman David Wright ... but oh, you didn't think that was the end, did you?
After trying to look Hosmer back to third, Wright fired over to Lucas Duda at first to get Perez out. Hosmer took off for home -- forever running, as is the Royals' way. Duda's throw was off-target, and like that, the game was tied at two runs apiece.
And, as they have all year, the Royals shared their excitement:
So, to recap, the Royals tied the game up on a walk, a stolen base, a double, and two groundouts. That, dear reader, is Royals baseball. And, wouldn't you know it, they ended up scoring five more runs in extras -- giving them their first World Series championship in 30 years.