In the city of BBQ, fountains and friendly people (and overall “coolness factor“), the Kansas City Royals hosted the Oakland A’s for a winner-take-all AL Wild Card game. For folks at the stadium, watching on TV or listening on the radio, the game turned out to be one they’ll remember for a long time. Two light-hitting teams piled on the runs as fortunes shifted back and forth. In a instant classic, the Royals edged the A’s with small ball, a roaring crowd and a never-give-up-attitude.
What do the numbers tell us?
The Royals and A’s Wild Card Game by the Numbers
- Countless number of people who will say they were at the game
- 817,653 tweets on game during the game
- 90,000+ tweets in 5 minutes after walk off
- 40, 502 stated attendance at Kauffman Stadium for the AL Wild Card game
- 101.1 decibels inside Kauffman Stadium
- 29 years since last playoff appearance by the Royals
- 28 hits (Royals 15, A’s 13)
- 21 hours between the Chiefs crushing the Patriots on Monday Night Football and the opening pitch of the Wild Card game
- 12 innings played
- 10 Royals’ batters retired in a row by A’s starter Jon Lester
- 9 – 8 final score with the Royals edging the A’s
- 7 stolen bases by the Royals
- 6 at bats for Salvador Perez (one hit, but a big one)
- 5 lead changes
- 4 bunts by the Royals
- 3 months since Royal reliever Brandon Finnegan was pitching in the College World Series
- 2 teams played error free ball
- 1 walk-off win
- 0 wins for the A’s in winner-take-all games during the Billy Beane era
Next up for the Royals are the Los Angeles Angels. The Royals play the Angels on Thursday, October 2, at 8:07 p.m. on TBS. The first game will be at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The match-up will be a best-of-5 series.