Hours after the Royals designated Christian Colon for assignment on Wednesday, I watched part of the 2014 Wild Card Game again.
What an epic battle, and what a night for so many Royals, including Colon.
Photos later showed that as Colon was headed home as the winning run in the 12th inning, he seemed to be celebrating before he had even touched third base. Remember that? Colon was on second base when Salvador Perez’s hit got past Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and Colon knew he would score the deciding run in one of the greatest games in playoff history.
Kind of makes you smile to think about, no?
Colon certainly has happy memories. With his time in Kansas City likely over, Colon wrote a goodbye note to Royals fans on Wednesday night and he shared it on social media.
Colon wrote “Dear KC....” and then had this message attached to the tweet:
“What a journey! I can still remember the day I got drafted by the Royals like it was yesterday. I was so excited to show up to the K and see what it was all about! From my debut in 2014, to the playoff runs, the World Series games and of course getting our rings in 2015, this city embraced me with open arms and I’ve never felt more a part of something in my life. Playing for this city was an honor, a pleasure, and something I won’t soon forget. Kansas City will always hold a special place in my heart. To Dayton Moore and the entire front office staff, thank you for making me part of this organization. Thank you for making me and my family feel at home. I will forever be grateful for that. To Mr. Glass and ownership, thank you for always striving to be the class act organization that you are. To all the people I came into contact with in my time in KC, I just want to say thank you for the bottom of my heart! Always remember ... winners never quit, quitters never win.”
By the way, here is that 12th inning of the 2014 American League Wild Card Game.