Royals fans will carry many memories from those special 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Lorenzo Cain scoring from first. Mike Moustakas’ catch on the rail. Eric Hosmer’s mad dash. The lockdown bullpen. And, yes, Terrance Gore terrorizing opposing defenses on the base paths.
But like those others, Gore’s time in the Royals organization is over. He was traded Wednesday to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations.
Gore, who appeared in 49 games over four seasons and stole 21 bases without recording a hit, made an instant impact when he was put on the 40-man roster and joined the team late in 2014. Used mainly as a pinch runner, Gore stole five bases in 11 games, and once scored from second on an infield single by Cain.
“It was one heck of a ride, I can tell you that,” Gore said. “I could personally see the pitchers, as soon as I walked across the field to get on base, the look on their face like, ‘Here comes Gore. Great.’“
Gore appeared in six postseason series for the Royals over two seasons, missing only the 2015 World Series. He swiped four bases in eight playoff games and scored a pair of runs, including one in the 2014 World Series.
The 5-foot-7, 165-pound Gore had 14 plate appearances in the regular season with the Royals and he struck out four times with one walk and 14 runs scored.
This season, Gore was batting .211 with 16 stolen bases for Class AAA Omaha.
Gore, who will join the Cubs’ Class AAA affiliate in Iowa, was the Royals’ 20th-round pick in the 2011 draft. After the trade was announced, he reached out to general manager Dayton Moore and assistant manager J.J. Picollo to show his appreciation for their support through the years.
“I just want to thank the fans, coaches, teammates and front office staff for their continued support,” Gore said. “I was lucky enough spend eight seasons in the Royals system and experience two World Series. I will always be thankful for Kansas City and the opportunities they have given me.”
A couple of now former teammates reached out on Twitter, including left-hander Danny Duffy, who wrote: “G baby another good one. We’ll miss you kid! Good luck bro! Thanks for the memories brother”
Royals fans also expressed sadness that Gore is with a new organization. That didn’t come as a surprise to Gore.
“We treat the fans more like family,” Gore said. “So when you say somebody leaves it is like losing a brother or sister. That’s why it’s so hard to leave Kansas City.”