This is the year of the home run, with MLB smashing the record for most home runs in a season. Not even Kansas City is immune to the homer-fest, with Jorge Soler obliterating the franchise single-season record, with a good chance he becomes the first player in club history to win a home run title.
With so many home runs this year, I thought it would be fun to think back about some of your favorite home runs. Many fans, will of course, gravitate to those home runs that were of great import in Royals history. High on that list is Alex Gordon’s game-tying home run in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series off Mets closer Jeurys Familia.
But the Royals had to get to the World Series first, and that was very much in doubt in the 2015 post-season. The Royals found themselves down in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros, but an amazing comeback brought them back to life and it was Eric Hosmer that capped off the comeback with a glorious insurance home run.
In the next game, it was Kendrys Morales who put the exclamation point on the series with a huge home run off Astros pitcher Lance McCullers.
Or maybe your first Royals championship was the 1985 bunch, who won a title punctuated by this Game 7 blast by Darryl Motley.
Maybe you’re old enough to remember when George Brett silenced a stadium full of Yankees fans with an epic blast in the 1980 ALCS.
But it doesn’t have to be the big home runs in the post-season that can be your favorite. Maybe there was a long home run hit by Jorge Soler or Bo Jackson or even Mark Quinn that stands out as your favorite. Maybe it was a home run from one of your favorite players, whether it be Carlos Beltran or Salvador Perez or even Zack Greinke’s blast in Arizona. Maybe it was the home run Mike Moustakas hit to set the club record, or Soler’s two seasons later. Maybe it was the first home run you saw by some random scrub and you were just amazed a man could hit a baseball that far.
And maybe your favorite home run wasn’t even hit by a Royals player. Perhaps it was a blast from Ronald Acuna or Mike Trout or Ken Griffey, Jr. or Reggie Jackson or even Mickey Mantle. Maybe your favorite home run came in a college game, or by a teammate in Little League. Maybe your favorite home run was one you hit yourself!
Home runs are fun! Tell me about some of your favorite home runs of all time!