We continue with the Royals nominations for the SB Nation MLB Awards by choosing the most important Royals hit of the year.
Funniest Royals moment: Nori Aoki getting hit in the groin on a flyball
Most regrettable Royals moment: Not sending Alex Gordon in Game 7 of the World Series
Best defensive Royals play: Mike Moustakas diving above the dugout suites for a foul ball in the ALCS
The Royals certainly put the ball in play a lot with their "walks and strikeouts are for sissies" approach. Let's take a look back at some of the biggest hits of the year.
Salvador Perez walk-off single in the Wild Card game
This was the hit that set it all off. The Royals staged a huge improbable comeback in the Wild Card game against Oakland, capped off by a lunging swing by Salvador Perez on a pitch well out of the strike zone that ended up bouncing inches away from third baseman Josh Donaldson's glove, down the line, allowing Christian Colon to score the game-winning run.
That is about as loud as Kauffman Stadium gets, and that hit set the stage for ALWAYS OCTOBER.
Mike Moustakas' home run in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Angels
The Royals got the series off against the top-seeded Angels off to a roaring start when Mike Moustakas homered in the top of the tenth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Royals a Game One victory.
Moose would end up tying a franchise record for most home runs in a post-season, but that was perhaps his biggest home run of October.
Eric Hosmer's home run in Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series against the Angels
Small ball got a lot of attention for the Royals in the playoffs, but it was the long-ball that helped them win the first two games of the ALDS. With Game Two tied 1-1 in the top of the eleventh, the Royals looked to Eric Hosmer to come through with a runner at first base against reliever Kevin Jepsen. Hosmer came through in a big way.
Asked as to what he was looking for in that spot, Hosmer replied, "YEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!! YARRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHH!!!", adding "YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!"
Alex Gordon's home run in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles
The Royals again used a late-inning long back to steal a Game One victory on the road in the ALCS against Baltimore. After blowing a 4-1 lead, the Royals took the game to extras tied at 5-5. Alex Gordon took the third pitch of the inning off submariner Darren O'Day and deposited it in the right-field bleachers at Camden Yards.
Mike Moustakas would later follow with a two-run home run that would end up being big as the Royals won 8-6.
Alex Gordon's error-fueled triple in Game 7 of the World Series
Ultimately it was not an important hit since it didn't factor in the decision of the game, but Alex Gordon's single that was misplayed by Gregor Blanco into a three-bagger allowed the Royals to get within 90 feet of tying Game 7 of the World Series. For the next 29 years, we may be asking "what if?"
So what do you think? What is the most important hit for the Royals in 2014?