Royals say they’re ready for Game 5 at The K, plan to honor fallen KCFD firefighters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wednesday night is a win or go home situation for the Royals in Game Five of the ALDS.

There are so many storylines coming from the Royals locker room, as the players continue to talk about how close this team is, how they always believe in each other and how they are all willing to fight until the very last out, which was demonstrated Monday when they rallied from four runs down in the eighth to win and bring the series back to Kansas City.

The players are still talking about how third basemen Mike Moustakas rallied the troops right before the eighth inning.

He went into the dugout and screamed for his teammates to start hitting, to start scoring runs, and that’s exactly what they did.

But while talking to the media Tuesday, he tried to deflect taking all the credit.

"It wasn't just me," Moustakas said. "Everyone in that dugout was fired up you know, I think I might've just been the loudest, but we were all fired up, we were all saying we're not going to lose this game, we weren't ready to go home yet, we were able to battle back, find a way to win.

Moustakas is still reeling from the loss of his mother. She passed away from cancer this past summer.

Then a few weeks later, Royals pitcher Chris Young’s father died – and he says this postseason has been a good distraction for him and his family.

"There's been a lot of thoughts about my dad and how much he would enjoy this, and then I remind myself that he's watching, he's with me," Young said. "It's been tough, but I think it's helped the healing a little bit for me, for my family."

If you want to come to Wednesday’s game, it’s sold out but there are still around 2,100 tickets available on the secondary market.

On Stub Hub, the cheapest is going for $150 in the upper deck while the most expensive seat is $5000 in the dugout box.

Hopefully, the Royals have enough magic in their bats to carry them to a win and the American League Championship Series.

First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m., and fans can watch the game on Fox Sports 1.

The Royals plan to hold a ceremony and moment of silence before tonight’s game to honor John Mesh and Larry Leggio.

John Mesh and Larry Leggio

John Mesh and Larry Leggio

The deaths of these two firefighters Monday night really hit one Royal hard.

First Baseman Eric Hosmer’s father is a 29-year veteran on the Miami Fire Department.

Growing up the son of a firefighter, Hosmer always worried for his father’s safety.

He feels a special connection with these men and women who put their lives on the line every day to put out fires and save lives.

During batting practice Tuesday, Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both wore T-shirts and hats to honor the Kansas City Fire Department.

The two firefighters died just hours after the Royals amazing come-from-behind victory – so it’s been hard to celebrate the win amid such tragedy.

KCFD Royals hat

KCFD Royals hat

The Royals originally planned to wear hats specially designed by Cumpy's T-shirt shop in Pleasant Valley to honor the KCFD, but the team announced on Wednesday that they will not be wearing the hats during Game 5 because doing so would violate MLB rules.

“On Tuesday, the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball gave us permission to have select players and manager Ned Yost wear official KCFD caps and shirts to honor the fallen firefighters,” said Toby Cook, Royals’ Vice President of Community Affairs and Publicity.  “Major League Baseball rules prohibit the wearing of altered uniforms on the field on game days, and we will adhere to that policy.”

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase one of the hats for just $25. The company says proceeds from the sales will go to the families of the two fallen firefighters.

The Royals say they still plan to honor John Mesh and Larry Leggio, the two fallen firefighters,  with a special pregame tribute. KCFD firefighters will take the field and there will be a moment of silence.

Royals charities will also be donating the proceeds from a 50/50 raffle to the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE).