From unknown to World Series hero, Colon the quintessential Royal

November 2, 2015

Christian Colon wasn’t an unlikely World Series hero for the Kansas City Royals.

He was the perfect one.

Colon’s pinch-hit, go-ahead single in the 12th inning of Game 5 on Sunday night marked his first appearance in a game this postseason. Prior to Sunday night, he’d been a silent participant in the Royals’ autumn symphony.

So if there was a way to illustrate the full scope of the Royals’ depth, and how adept they’ve become at executing brilliantly in the biggest moments, a single by Colon was it.


And for the Royals, there was an even more significant parallel: Colon’s two previous postseason plate appearances came in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game -- the night the Royals created their comeback identity and began believing their now-realized World Series dream.

Colon laid down a sacrifice bunt in the first of those Wild Card plate appearances. The second -- in the 12th inning, just like Sunday night -- was more memorable: He singled home Eric Hosmer with the game-tying run and later scored on Sal Perez’s walk-off single down the left-field line.

In that way, Colon -- a name you haven’t heard very often over these past two Octobers -- is the quintessential Royal, who helped author the beginning and end of Kansas City’s championship story.