In a parallel universe, Alex Gordon didn’t stop at 3rd after his massive hit in the 9th inning. Instead, he rounded 3rd hard and fast, and he continued steaming towards home plate to an awaiting Buster Posey.
Brandon Crawford threw the ball in from midfield towards home plate, and although it wasn’t the best of throws it bounced its way to Buster and arrived about 2 seconds before Alex joined him. Instead of sliding, Alex decidedly SLAMMED into Buster HARD, old school style, and smashed him into the dirt. Buster lost the ball, and Alex was declared SAFE by the home plate umpire. The crowd went BALISTIC … the Royals tied the game! But the cheering and joy soon silenced as everyone noticed Buster rolling around in complete and total agony. After 10 long minutes, broken Buster was carried off the field with what was eventually determined to be career ending repeat injuries to his fibula and tendons like those he suffered on May 25, 2011.
The Royals eventually won the game, but the victory was bittersweet. The history books showed that, yes, the Royals took home the World Series trophy but at the expense of “Spirit of the Game” and another man’s health and livelihood.
Fast forward through this parallel universe 5, 10, 20 years, and as people talk about the 2014 World Series they don’t reminisce about how the series was unbelievable and utterly amazing. They don’t smile and remember how the “Cinderella Team” won. Instead, they talk about the one questionable play that changed it all, and how the Kansas City Royals went to questionable lengths to win the game.
So in a way, I’m fine with how it all turned out. I’m fine with the results in this universe. The citizens of the world will always remember just how awesome and classy the Royals played, right until the end. And even though the boys in blue din’t win, they are and will always be our 2014 hometown heroes who continue to inspire us for years and years to come.