MUST WATCH: Alcides Escobar’s Historic Leadoff Inside-The-Park Home Run
October 27 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
The Royals met with the Mets in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night to kick off the World Series, and they hit the ground running as soon as their lead off hitter stepped up to the plate.
After the Mets went quickly in the top half of the first inning, Alcides Escobar led things off for the Royals with a drive deep to left-field off of a Matt Harvey fastball. The ball took an unfortunate bounce off of Yoenis Cespedes' foot toward the wall, and by then it was clear that Escobar would be home free, giving the Royals and extraordinarily early 1-0 lead.
Escobar's hit was the first inside-the-park homer in World Series play since 1929, the first inside-the-park home run in a playoff game since Ray Doherty did it in the 2002 ALDS, and the first leadoff inside-the-park home run in a World Series game since Patsy Dougherty did it in Game 2 of the first ever World Series in 1903.