Kansas City Royals: Top 5 Playoff Moments from 2014

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Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon – Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

5) Alex Gordon’s bases clearing double off the wall

After winning the first two games of the ALDS, the Royals returned home with the fan-base still weary to commit full-heartedly to the playoff run. There has just been too much heartbreak to go through it all again.

After the Angels took an early lead off of a Mike Trout first inning homer, it seemed as if a whirlwind of trouble could hit the Royals in an instant. That thought was put to a halt during the next half-inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Alex Gordon hit a pop fly that seemed to magically carry all the way to the wall. It seemed as if the ball was floating in the air forever. Personally, I thought it was a routine play for the speedy Trout and we had wasted a golden opportunity to put the series away.

I was wrong.

The ball jolted off the wall and all three runners scored. Specifically, the image of Billy Butler sliding in to home with the biggest smile and a slight upper-cut fist pump is what will always stand out to me.