The Kansas City Royals clinched their first playoff berth in 29 years on Friday night (Sept. 26), when they beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 to secure, at least, a wild card spot in the postseason.
The Sox were scoreless through seven innings behind KC pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, until shortstop Alexei Ramirez drove in his team’s only run of the evening during the eighth inning. But, that was it.
Catcher Salvador Perez caught a foul popup for the final out and the celebration began… with the dugout and bullpen emptying and mobbing him at the plate. Royals fans crowded near the visitors’ dugout, watching players celebrate, who tossed caps to them before walking off the field.
The win ended the longest active postseason drought among the major North American sports leagues. Not since George Brett led the Royals to a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 had they reached the playoffs.