The Kansas City Royals made two critical mental mistakes against the Minnesota Twins in the late innings Sunday, and the brain lock suffered by Mike Moustakas for the game's final out was one of the biggest puzzlers ever.
With his team trailing by a run with two outs in the ninth, Moustakas chose to stand in the batter's box after hitting a pop-up, rather than running to first base, and got in the way of Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki trying to catch it. Even though the ball fell to the ground in foul territory after Suzuki bumped into the batter, home-plate umpire Laz Diaz called Moustakas out for interference because he DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE WAY.
Moustakas had a look on his face that said, "What is baseball?" Royals manager Ned Yost came out and appeared to argue, but what he really said was, "I'm not with them."
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