Joe Panik DP - 2014
"It's difficult, I think to overstate the importance of the double play Joe Panik started in the third inning of Game 7”
October 29, 2014, World Series Game 7, Kauffman Stadium
The San Francisco Giants knew they would have to beat a juggernaut coming into the World Series and the Kansas City Royals certainly made things interesting, knotting the series at 3 games apiece and forcing a game 7 at home.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Lorenzo Cain led off with a single off Jeremy Affeldt. Eric Hosmer came up next and hit a screaming ground ball up the middle. As a hit, the Royals have 1st and 3rd with no one out (and an 85% chance of scoring at least one run).
But Joe Panik's incredible diving stop and glove flip to Brandon Crawford, and Crawford's decision to try and make the turn, put an end to the Royals rally. In the first Manager's Challenge overturned call in World Series history, the "Blue back in in NY" called Hosmer out at first and the Giants had two huge outs.