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Royals go zero-for-two at the ESPYs

Kansas City Royals players Johnny Giavotella and Jarrod Dyson celebrated their 9-8 walkoff victory over the Oakland A’s in the AL Wild Card Game on Sept. 30, 2014.
Kansas City Royals players Johnny Giavotella and Jarrod Dyson celebrated their 9-8 walkoff victory over the Oakland A’s in the AL Wild Card Game on Sept. 30, 2014. The Kansas City Star

The Best Game of the last year?

Of course, it was the American League Wild Card Game. The Royals pulled off a stunning comeback beating Oakland 8-7 in 12 innings.

The Royals trailed 7-3 in the eighth inning, but they scored three in the eighth and one in the ninth. Oakland scored a run in the 12th inning, but the Royals countered with two runs and won.

However, that contest wasn’t voted Best Game in the ESPY awards show Wednesday. Actually, ESPN never handed out that award during the bloated show on ABC. You had to go to the portion of ESPN’s website devoted to the ESPYs and click on past winners to learn the Royals didn’t win.

New England’s victory over Seattle in this year’s Super Bowl won the Best Game ESPY.

The Royals were also up for Best Upset for winning the American League championship. Alas, Mississippi’s victory over Alabama last fall in college football won the award. Georgia State’s win over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament was the other nominee.

Hopefully, Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie had a good time at the show:

 

My date stunning as usual. #ESPYS

A photo posted by Jeremy Guthrie (@therealjguts) on

Former Royal James Shields also was on hand:

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