The Kansas City Royals broke the hearts of many fans on Friday when they decided to trade Jarrod Dyson to the Mariners in exchange for Nate Karns. Dyson will be missed, but he was apart of some great memories while with the Royals.
MLB players get traded all the time, but KC Royals fans have had a tough time coping with it happening to their guys this season. Jarrod Dyson is in that group, as he had been one of the most beloved players on the team since being called up in 2010.
Dyson was with this team in both the good times and the (really) bad times. He always seemed optimistic about playing in Kansas City and was a fan favorite for sure.
Dyson had been linked with a lot of rumors this offseason, but fans were hoping he’d remain with the team for at least one more year. It wasn’t meant to be, however, and now Dyson is heading to Seattle for the 2017 season.
With Dyson no longer a member of the Kansas City Royals, I thought it might be fun to look back at his biggest moments while a member of the boys in blue, beginning with when he made a hell of a play with his arm to keep the Royals in an important game.
Cannon for an Arm (Game 2 of 2014 ALDS)
The 2014 season was a wild time for KC Royals fans. We weren’t used to seeing the Royals in the playoffs, let alone LEADING in the playoffs. That’s why every single moment was exciting, but especially on defense.
In Game 2 of the ALDS, the Royals were tied with the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the eighth inning. C.J. Cron got on base to try and take the lead and Collin Cowgill took his place as a pinch runner. Chris Iannetta then hit a fly ball, which Dyson handled with ease.
The best part was when Dyson hurled that ball over to Mike Moustakas at third base to pick off Cowgill and disappoint Angels fans everywhere.
The Royals would go on to win this game and take a 2-0 series lead over the Angels, eliminating them the very next game. That might not have been possible without Dyson’s crazy cannon of an arm.