The Kansas City Royals hadn't been to the playoffs since 1985, surely long before many members of the city's Police Department were even born.
So it's certainly understandable that Kansas City's finest wanted to put the crime fighting on hold for just a short while Tuesday night as the Royals hosted the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild card game.
Note they didn't say they were going to refrain from apprehending criminals and saving lives during the game, just that they would prefer not to have to for a mere nine innings or so.
That "or so" turned out to be 12 innings, but they were thrilling ones for Royals fans. After falling behind, 7-3, in the sixth inning, Kansas City rallied for three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings.
Then, after falling behind again in the top of the 12th, the Royals won it in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, walk-off single by Salvador Perez.
Pretty cool ending for Royals fans, whose team advances to play the Angels in the division series.
And the members of the Kansas City Police Department apparently were able to hear it all unfold like the rest of the fans.