Moustakas: '8th Inning Speech Was Just For The Boys To Hear'


As we wrap up our 'Royals' 5-Year Reunion' segment with players and coaches from the 2015 Royals Championship team, it's only fitting that we end with Mike Moustakas. We have heard various accounts of Mike's epic motivational speech in game 4 of the ALDS with the Royals trailing the Astros 6-2 in the 8th inning before rallying to score 5 runs in the 8th and eventually winning the game 9-6. Moustakas gave us his account of what happened in the Royals' dugout at Minute Maid Park, as his team did the improbable and staved off elimination.

"Like I always said, there were way too many things said that I didn't want to be heard again, so it was just for the boys to hear. It was basically just a pump up, a motivational 'I'm not ready to go home yet' and all the boys felt the exact same way, we ended up pulling that game out and it ended up being pretty good," Moustakas said when asked if he could recreate the speech on Fescoe in the Morning. "It wasn't like anything needed to be said, all the guys knew what we needed to do but you guys have been around me long enough to know that I'm kind of a fiery guy. I just started going and the boys went with it and let me roll. It was pretty cool to see what happened after that."

Indeed, Mike, it was cool to see what happened after that. Mike shared other stories with us from that 2015 run to the World Series Championship, including how Ned turned the clubhouse over to a bunch of kids and entrusted them at the right time.