I freely admit this is one of those hypothetical games that friends sometimes play. Of course you can go back and watch any of these playoff games from the Royals’ back-to-back runs to the World Series.
But what if you could only watch one game from those championship seasons? That’s a question The Star’s Dave Helling posed recently, and it’s a tough call. What do you think? I picked five great games that I thought fans would remember most. Which would you choose? There is a poll after a short description of these five games:
2014 Wild Card Game vs. Oakland A’s
Down by four in the eighth inning against long-time nemesis Jon Lester? No worries. Salvador Perez won it with a single in the 12th inning. Oh, and it was the franchise’s first playoff win in 29 years.
2015 Divisional Playoff Game 4 at Houston
Another four-run deficit in the eighth inning of an elimination game? No worries. This was the quintessential keep-the-line-moving game. Oh, and Eric Hosmer hit a mammoth ninth-inning home run.
2015 ALCS Game 6 vs. Blue Jays
Remember this ninth inning? It came after Wade Davis waited out a rain delay. A runner on third with no outs? Oh, and there was Lorenzo Cain’s mad dash from first.
2015 World Series Game 1 vs. Mets
As The Star’s Chris Fickett noted, any Alex Gordon’s statue at Kauffman Stadium will be of him with his fist in the air after hitting that ninth-inning homer. Oh, and Alcides Escobar’s inside-the-park homer got the fun started.
2015 World Series Game 5 at Mets
Eric Hosmer’s mad dash home in the ninth inning tied the game and may be the most iconic moment of either postseason. Oh, and the Royals got a shiny trophy after it was over.
You may have a different game you’d like to see on this list, but let us know which game is your favorite by voting in our poll and/or leaving a comment below. Oh, and thanks.