Former Shocker Conor Gillaspie returns to the Midwest

The Royals got a much needed 2-0 win over the Giants for their fifth win in six games. Kansas City faced a familiar nemesis in Madison Bumgarner but had the upper hand this time. The last time he was at Kauffman, Bumgarner put together a masterpiece in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, a game that Royals fans won’t ever forget.

The Giants visit was also a chance for Kansas fans to see former Wichita State player Conor Gillaspie in a Giants uniform. Gillaspie grew up in Omaha and played for the Shockers from 2006-08 before turning pro.

“It’s definitely something that when I took the scholarship to play there and spent three years there it was a life changing move,” Gillaspie said of his time at Wichita State.

The former Shocker earned national attention in the 2016 MLB playoffs in the NL Wildcard game between the Giants and the Mets. Gillaspie blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants the win.

“It just kind of happened that way, that’s the best way I can describe it as,” he said. “I worked really hard for when my name was called and it was one of those things and experiences that you won’t forget.”