After 29 years, the wait was finally over. And for the Kansas City Royals, the wait was worth what waited at the end.
Ned Yost‘s club rallied from deficits three separate times, stealing a record-seven bases and eventually topping the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card, by a 9-8 final in front of 40,000-plus at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night. Catcher Salvador Perez, who was 0-for-5 heading into the 12th, lined the game-winning single past a diving Josh Donaldson at third, sending the home faithful into a raucous celebration that lasted well into the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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In other news, the Chicago Cubs’ renovation of Wrigley Field is officially underway, as bleacher work began – in order of shoring up the structures for the installation of several new signs and the videoboard in left field – many of which are expected to be ready prior to Opening Day 2015. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein also spoke to reporters, saying the team expects to contend for a postseason berth in 2015 and will be very active on the free agent market this winter.
Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will play host to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game in a matchup of the league’s last two MVPs.
Here’s more from around the league:
“Kansas City Royals win wild comeback in 12 innings” – Kings of Kauffman
“Brian Cashman, New York Yankees have a new deal in the works” – Call to the Pen
“Angels’ Hamilton says he’s ready for ALDS” – ESPN.com