It’s Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals tied 1-1 with Baltimore in game three of the American League Championship Series. You’re sitting in the front row of the dugout suite along the third-base line. And here comes Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, sprinting right toward you.
“You decide if you’re going to catch the ball, right?” said Tim Anderson, who was leaning up toward the netting in the dugout suite. “But then everybody just let Moose do it.”
And yes, Moose did it.
Moustakas went diving headfirst into the dugout suite to make a sensational grab in the top of the sixth inning. Once there, he was greeted by a group of Royals fans, including Tim Anderson, Mike Talkington of Overland Park and Raj Randhawa of Olathe.
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They’re all in the liquor business, here at Kauffman Stadium to celebrate the Royals’ first ALCS home game in 29 years. They also came up with a major assist.
“We saved Moose!” Talkington said. “He’s kind of heavy, but we caught him."
Moments later, Talkington was pulling out his cell phone. Texts were flowing in from friends all over the country. Some he hadn’t talked to in two years.
“I didn’t think that he was going to have a play on it at all,” Talkington said. “I thought it might have gone behind the dugout. The next thing you know, he comes flying over the top rail, caught it about four feet over our heads. But I think the natural reaction was just kind of to go back a little bit and let him make the play as he dove for it.”
Then Moose came crashing down.
“I think Raj was closest,” Anderson said. “I think we caught his (butt).”