Mike Moustakas showed just how committed the Kansas City Royals are about taking their first American League Championship crown in 29 years – by diving head first into the dugout to take a stunning catch.
The Royals are on the brink of yet another series sweep after their 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles to take a 3-0 lead in the ALCS.
Huge credit must go to Moustakas who risked injuring himself to grab an Adam Jones popup in the sixth inning which delighted the fans.
The play has to been seen to be believed – Moustakas gambled with a potentially painful landing as he divided above the dugout suites on third base and fell head first down into the adoring crowds.
The fans picked up their hero who somehow held on to the ball and was awarded the catch by the umpires.
If that wasn't enough, two innings earlier the third baseman took a sublime diving catch to get out Steve Pearce.
On another day against another team Pearce's sweet hit would have earned him a double minimum, but against Moustakas he could only watch as the infielder made a quick sidestep adjustment before diving to his right to take the ball.
Speaking to MLB.com about his dugout fall, Moustakas said: “I’ve been in there once or twice, maybe, but never anything like that. Those people helped me up the entire way, didn’t let me fall and kind of lifted me up out of there. It was pretty awesome.”
These types of plays have been the story of the postseason for the Royals. Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki have also been sprawled out on the field taking superb catches to deny their opponents already this October.
Kansas City’s speed in offence was feared by the Orioles at the start of the series – the Royals have stolen most bases in the American League – and it looks like speed in defence has also caused some serious headaches for their opponents.
If the Royals win tonight they’ll take a second consecutive clean sweep after taking down the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in the ALDS.
Combine that with their Wild Card victory over Oakland Athletics at the start of October and the Royals’ month looks like this: P7 W7 L0.