For posterity’s sake, the time was 3:53 on Oct. 1, 2017.
That’s when Royals manager Ned Yost subbed out first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain from Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium.
It was in the top of the fifth inning, and the four walked off the field together and doffed their caps to the crowd. They also took a moment to look back at the field and take in the moment:
“When everybody came behind the mound and huddled up,” Moustakas said, “I don’t think anybody said anything. I think we all just hugged and just looked at each other and kind of realized that this might be the last time we get to be on the same field together on the same team.”
Fans were, understandably, a mess:
Not to be dramatic but this might be the worst day in my entire 22 years of living https://t.co/RnWQJTrRRJ— Sarah (@skennnnyy) October 1, 2017
Amazing, emotional scene in KC! Class act, thoughtful move by Royals manager Ned Yost. Hosmer, Cain, Moose and Escobar all pulled in the 5th— Anthony Geronimo (@ATXANT10) October 1, 2017
One of the toughest moments in Royals baseball . We will miss which ever doesn't return. Thanks for the memories.— Jim Sherman (@papajim319) October 1, 2017
With the prospects of free agency looming, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas fondly remembers growing up a Royal, and wonders if Sunday will be the last time he throws from third base to Eric Hosmer at first. As told to Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian.John Sleezer email@example.com