In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, with Kansas City trailing San Francisco by a single run, the Royals’ Alex Gordon singled to center field and then took off when the ball got away from the Giants’ center fielder, Gregor Blanco.
Gordon got all the way to third base and, for a moment, it looked like he might try to score in what would have been an error-fueled inside-the-park home run that would tied the game at 3-3. Instead, he stopped at third, and stayed there as his teammate Salvador Perez popped up to end the game, and the Series.
A year later, the Series is back in Kansas City, and on the first pitch in the bottom of the first in Game 1, the Royals’ Alcides Escobar hit a long fly ball to left-center field that was misplayed by the Mets’ center fielder, Yoenis Cespedes, into an inside-the-park homer.
So in the span of a year, three Royals come to bat in succession in the World Series and one hits an inside-the-park homer and another nearly did. Unusual, to say the least.