Not long after winning a six-pitch confrontation against Joakim Soria on Sunday in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jason Maxwell faced one more onslaught during his postgame interview. Wave after wave of Kansas City Royals teammates came at him with everything they had: Towels lathered with shaving cream, coolers filled with icy water and one 300-pound dancing superfan. Maxwell, still soaring from the high of hitting a game-ending grand slam against the Texas Rangers in a pennant race, couldn't get a word in with Fox Sports Kansas City reporter Joel Goldberg.
After getting doused by Emilio Bonifacio and Danny Duffy a final time, Maxwell wondered: "How many more coolers do we have?"
It looked like a lot of fun, which is new for the Royals in late September.
Maxwell's stunning grand slam with a full count against Soria, a former Royals closer, helped Kansas City keep its playoff hopes alive and sent Kauffman Stadium into a frenzy on the last day of the home season. Royals players kept the frenzy going with shenanigans done at Maxwell's expense.
— First, Sal Perez brought dancing superfan Jimmy Faseler onto the field to give Maxwell a 360 degree hug.
— Bonifacio sneaked up from behind with a loaded towel and covered Maxwell's face with shaving cream.
— Maxwell finally got in a sentence: "First I want to say, God is good."
— Not long after, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon jumped him with more creamy towels.
— Maxwell pleads with Goldberg: "Give me a head's up next time!"
— Maxwell speaks again: "Like I said, God is good. I thank God every day I get to play here. You guys make it a lot of fun."
— Bonifacio, solo, returns with a water jug. Maxwell throws a towel in mock frustration at Goldberg, who hands him the microphone.
— Maxwell, almost totally out of breath, pays Royals fans a nice compliment: "I've never played for a baseball team with fans that tailgated before the game." That gets big applause.
— And then Maxwell gets doused one more time. As much of a team effort as the 10 innings played.