The news wasn’t shocking, but it undoubtedly still hurt Royals fans to hear of it.
First baseman Eric Hosmer, who helped the Royals to the 2015 World Series title, agreed on Saturday night to an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres.
Hosmer had many highlights during his tenure with the Royals, but the most-shared GIF was his mad dash to the plate in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.
That image — and others — was shared on social media as Royals fans thanked Hosmer for all he had done for the team.
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Here is a sample of what Royals fans were saying: