On Sept. 30, 2014, the Kansas City Royals began a storybook run into the postseason.
It would lead to the team’s first World Series appearance since 1985, and it ended the longest playoff drought in the four North American sports leagues.
The Royals came from behind to beat the Oakland A’s to win the Wild Card game exactly one year ago.
Coming back in the 8th
The Royals entered the bottom of the 8th with the A’s winning 7-3.
Watch as the the team came back big in the bottom of the 8th, scoring 3 runs to narrow the A’s lead to 7-6. If you cannot see the media player, click here to watch.
A steal and a hit to tie the game
Then, in the bottom of the 9th, Jarrod Dyson stole third base.
Watch as Nori Aoki’s fly to right field with two outs allowed Dyson to score, tying the game at 7-7. If you cannot see the media player, click here to watch.
The walk off win
But the moment that is engraved on every fan’s mind is that hit from Salvador Perez.
He was looking for his first hit of the night in the bottom of the 12th. With the score tied 8-8, Perez’s hit would send the Royals into the American League Division Series.
Watch the moment the Royals took the Wild Card game below. If you cannot see the media player, click here to watch.
How the players felt about the game in 2014
“It’s unbelievable,” Salvador Perez said in 2014. “I feel so happy. I feel so great.”
Watch the video from 2014 of Royals players talking about the win. If you cannot see the media player, click here to watch.