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Hey all, first time long time, yada yada. Since this is my first post on this site, a little background: I am almost unquestionably the only Royal fan in Westchester County, NY (NYRoyal, maybe?), and have been since September 2, 1979, when my dad took me to my first game at Yankee Stadium. The first thing I saw live was Brett depositing a Ken Clay pitch into the 3rd deck in right field, and what can I say, I was an impressionable youth. As for the handle...well, no Royal fan needs an explanation on that one.
Anyway, the Pats loss in the Super Bowl got me thinking about all-time "gut punch" losses, specifically those involving the Royals. And it occurred to me, the Royals probably haven't had one in about 15 years.
By "gut punch," I mean a loss where there was a lot at stake, usually the playoffs, or a sudden and horrific reversal of fortune, or when expectations were high and the team fell dramatically short, or when some incredibly flukey series of events lifted almost certain victory from their grasp. Or some combination of all of those. Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, for example, as Bill Simmons would say, is the definitive gut punch game.
So what about the Royals? The last one I can remember was a game in Chicago in 1993, when the Royals were making a pretty good run at the West title. They were only a few games out of first, and were looking good. I vaguely remember them taking a lead into the ninth in a critical series in August, when Frank Thomas hit a homer off Jeff Montgomery that probably still hasn't landed. The Royals subsequently collapsed, and finished a distant 3rd, 10 games out. Does anyone else remember this? Am I remembering it right?
Does the 9-run comeback by the Indians in '06 count as a gut punch loss? Can it, when a team is in the middle of a 100-loss season? Some of the games in the 19-game losing streak from '05 were pretty brutal, though I'd describe those as more of a steady stream of nausea than gut punches.
If you guys have any thoughts or other candidates, I'd be interested in hearing them.
And BTW, this is a great site, I love the features. I have a feeling I know who will be the top Royal of all-time, but I'm holding out hope for Chico Lind.