This Date In Royals History – October 2, 2001
The Royals home schedule should have come to a close on Sunday, September 30, 2001, but in response to the events of September 11th Major League Baseball had paused for a week with no games played earlier in the month.
On that fateful day the Royals were set to begin a short three-game homestand against Cleveland. By late that morning everyone here at the ballpark and around the game knew baseball was not going to be a priority. Like many other pursuits athletics took a back seat while the nation mourned. But when it was time for America to get back to work, the games resumed and baseball tried to play whatever role it could in returning the country back to the normal flow of daily life – though that seemed impossible at the time.
Those cancelled games from the lost week of September 11th were added to the end of the regular season schedule and the Royals played the first of the make-up dates exactly three weeks later on Tuesday, October 2, 2001. In that game the Royals would break a 1-1 tie with four runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run HR off the bat of Mike Sweeney to post a 5-1 win against the Cleveland Indians.
Just A Bit More: The Royals ended 2001 with a road game on Sunday, October 7 in Detroit. On that day the Royals defeated the Tigers 10-3 backed by a two home run, six RBI game performance from Carlos Beltran which got him over the 100 RBI total (finishing with 101). By the calendar it still remains the latest regular season game ever played by the Royals.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)