In pursuit of post-season play, the Kanas City Royals revived interest September baseball. For the final home game at Kauffman Stadium a crowd of more than 27,000 gathered. Manager Ned Yost sensed the enthusiasm.
“We needed to get the crowd into the game early, and we couldn’t do it,” said Yost.
Then the Royals loaded the bases in the tenth inning of the scoreless ballgame when Justin Maxwell stepped to the plate.
“I was just thinking of trying to hit it hard,” said Maxwell.
There was no doubt when Maxwell hit it. It was a grand slam.
Even though he wasn’t at the plate, outfielder Alex Gordon says it was the highlight of his career.
“That home run right there was the coolest thing I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Gordon.
With the 4-0 victory, the Royals secured their first winning season since 2003.