For posterity’s sake, the time was 3:53 on Oct. 1, 2017.
That’s when Royals manager Ned Yost subbed out first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain from Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium.
It was in the top of the fifth inning, and the four walked off the field together and doffed their caps to the crowd. They also took a moment to look back at the field and take in the moment:
“When everybody came behind the mound and huddled up,” Moustakas said, “I don’t think anybody said anything. I think we all just hugged and just looked at each other and kind of realized that this might be the last time we get to be on the same field together on the same team.”
Fans were, understandably, a mess: