The Royals play their first game of the 2015 playoffs Thursday against Houston, and that means more memories will be born.
As we await first pitch at Kauffman Stadium, why not look back at some of the biggest plays in the Royals franchise history? Blair Kerkhoff helped me with this list and I’d like to note that George Brett’s performance in Game 3 of the ALCS deserves a special mention.
It doesn’t make this list, because it was an entire game of greatness: four for four with four runs scored, two homers and three RBIs in a game the Royals had to have.
But there are other great moments from Brett on this list. Let’s start with this one:
1. Brett’s game-tying homer in the top of the eighth inning of Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS. The Royals trailed 6-3 in the decisive game when Brett hit a three-run homeroff Grant Jackson and tied the game. The Royals ended up losing in the bottom of the ninth inning on Chris Chambliss’ homer.
2. Brett’s three-run homer off Goose Gossage in the 1980 ALCS helped push the Royals to the World Series and was a release of a half-decade’s worth of frustration about the Yankees.
3. Like it or not, but Don Denkinger’s blown call in game six of the 1985 World Series was a huge moment:
4. Of course, the Royals don’t win game six of the World Series without Dane Iorg’s clutch hit.
5. Salvador Perez’s game-winning hit (how’d he pull that?) won last year’s wild, wild Wild Card Game:
6. And, then there was Alex Gordon’s at-bat in game seven of last year’s World Series. Yeah, we know, you think they should have sent him.
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