For Pete's Sake

Whit Merrifield’s family was so excited after he hit a home run on Tuesday for Royals

Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield was congratulated by third-base coach Mike Jirschele after hitting a solo home run in the fifth-inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield was congratulated by third-base coach Mike Jirschele after hitting a solo home run in the fifth-inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Tuesday night’s Royals game didn't end up the way fans would have liked.

But the 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings did provide at least one happy moment. Whit Merrifield, who was recalled from Class AAA Omaha earlier in the day, had two hits in three at-bats and walked twice.

Merrifield accounted for the only run when he hit an opposite-field solo home run in the fifth inning. As if that wasn’t enough to make you smile, Merrifield’s family was at the game. Bill and Kissy Merrifield and their daughter, Costner, and other son, Hite, were thrilled:

Merrifield’s family couldn’t have known they would be in for such a treat before the game. But they were clearly to see Whit. Fox Sports Kansas City shared this video on Twitter:

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