For Pete's Sake

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas shared another big hug in dugout after record was set

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer congratulated Mike Moustakas on a home run during a game earlier this season.
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer congratulated Mike Moustakas on a home run during a game earlier this season. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Just 34 days separated the major-league debuts of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas with the Royals in 2011.

They had spent three seasons in the minor leagues together before that, both having been first-round picks a year apart.

That 2011 team lost 91 games. But Hoz and Moose have gone on to be All-Stars and World Series champions, two key components of the resurrection of the Royals’ franchise.

So when Moustakas hit his 37th home run of the season in Toronto on Wednesday night and set the record, it should be no surprise that his friend and teammate was waiting outside the dugout. Hosmer hugged Moustakas.

Relive each of Mike Moustakas' 37 home runs this season (so far). On Wednesday night in Toronto, the Royals third baseman broke Steve Balboni's single-season franchise record set in 1985.

But that was the first embrace. In the dugout, Hosmer sought out Moustakas again and it was a sweet moment. Twitter user SarahinKC captured the hug:

A few fans saw the special moment and they were touched:

After the game, the Royals tweeted the first hug:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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