It’s one thing to lose the World Series, but it’s a completely different level of pain and despair when you have to watch your opponent snatch your dreams on your home turf.
That’s what happened in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, when the Kansas City Royals mounted another come-from-behind win, scoring five runs in the 12th inning to capture their first title in 30 years over the New York Mets.
Matt Harvey pitched eight brilliant shutout innings, allowing four hits.
In the bottom of the eighth. Harvey convinced manager Terry Collins to let him finish the game.
Following a walk, a stolen base and a double, Collins pulled the plug. Jeurys Familia induced the next three Royals to hit infield ground balls, including the game-tying ground out that scored Eric Hosmer.
The Royals scored five runs in the 12th inning to finish off the Mets.
After the game Collins said, “I let my heart get in the way of my gut. I love my players and I trust them. And so I said, ‘Go get ’em.’ And he went out, and the leadoff walk started it off. It didn’t work. It was my fault. I won’t be sleeping much the next couple of days. I’ll tell you that.”
Kansas City Royals – 7
New York Mets – 2
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