The Kansas City Royals play the Oakland A’s on April 10th to kick off the 2017 baseball season in their Home Opener at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals and Athletics have had many memorable moments together over the years, and this series is always a great one to attend. Brush up on the Royals and A’s history below and don’t forget to buy Royals Home Opener tickets to see the teams play against each other in KC!
Jarrod Dyson’s “First place” backflip
In August 2014, first place Oakland Athletics came to Kansas City. After a tie 2-2 game for six innings, the Royals moved ahead in the seventh. Greg Holland hit a fly ball out to Jarrod Dyson to end the game and propelling the Royals into first place. Dyson punctuated the victory with a backflip to the enjoyment of Royals fans.
Bret Saberhagen Wins 23rd Game
Bret Saberhagen won his 23rd game by defeating the Oakland A’s 6-1 which set a Royals record that still stands now. With the 23 wins, Saberhagen received his second AL Cy Young Award. The game win also helped the Royals clinch second place in the American League West.
Hosmer’s Triple vs. the A’s in the 2014 Wild Card Game
This is the night Kansas City baseball came back from the dead with a 12th inning comeback in the 2014 AL Wild Card game. The Oakland A’s were up 8-7 and the Royals were two outs from a season end. Hosmer hit a ball out to left field just short of a home run landing a triple. Hosmer then scored on Christian Colon’s chopper who then scored on Salvador Perez’s single. With the win, the Royals advanced to face the Angels in the division series.
George Brett’s .400 challenge
Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett went 2-for-4 against the Oakland Athletics, and lifted his average to .39950. The September 20, 1980 game was one of many that pushed George Brett into second place for Highest Season Batting Averages of all time.
Dyson steals third in the 2014 Wild Card game, celebrates and ties game
During the 2014 regular season, the KC Royals ranked last in home runs and first in stolen bases. They reinforced their reputation in the AL Wild Card game against the Athletics. After making six steals, Jarrod Dyson was brought in as a pinch-runner for Josh Willingham. After being bunted to second, Dyson stole third and celebrated with a “vroom vroom” dance. Dyson then scored the tying run which helped the Royals to later defeat the Athletics, and helped the team reach a record-tying number of stolen bases.
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