Mets will be present for two Royals’ championship ceremonies
If the New York Mets have managed to get over the disappointment and heartbreak of losing the World Series in five games last fall, the Kansas City Royals unfortunately will remind their vanquished opponents of the sting of coming up short to kick-off the 2016 MLB season.
The Royals have their home opener scheduled for Sunday, April 3, and the visiting team will just so happen to be the Mets. The world champion K.C. squad has scheduled the raising of their championship banner for that night, which of course makes perfect sense.
And then, arguably adding insult to injury, before the Mets and Royals take the Kauffman Stadium field again on Tuesday, April 5, the team will receive their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.
Kevin Uhlich, the Royals’ senior VP of business operations, indicated the reason behind stretching out the ceremonies over two games wasn’t meant to give the Mets a double dose of taunting but instead to allow the team’s home broadcast network to air the ring ceremony, as the home opener scheduled for Sunday is slated to air on ESPN.
“We decided to move the ring ceremony to the second game of the season so our entire fan base could feel like they are a part of it,” Uhlich said in a statement, per ESPN. “While it’s great that ESPN has selected our season opener for their first primetime telecast, only our fans in attendance would have the opportunity to witness the entire ring ceremony. By moving the ceremony to Tuesday, our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City can carry the ring presentation in its entirety for all fans to see.”
While that may in fact be the case and no ill will was intended, that won’t make the experience any more pleasant for the Mets.