What is better than one World Series championship ceremony? How about a second ceremony for the Kansas City Royals.
In a way, you almost have to feel sorry for the New York Mets. After losing the World Series to the Kansas City Royals in such an unexpected fashion, they had to open the 2016 season in Kauffman Stadium. There, not only do they have to see the team that ended their championship aspirations in Game Five, but they have to see that banner get raised and be there for the ring ceremony.
Fortunately, it is just one night that the Mets would have to endure reliving their defeat, right? Wrong. Because ESPN Sunday Night Baseball is broadcasting Opening Night, the Royals have decided to split up the championship festivities. The World Series banner will be raised prior to the game on April 3rd, with the ring ceremony taking place prior to the game on April 5th.
"“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,” Kevin Uhlich, the Royals’ senior VP of business operations, said in a statement. “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.”"
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This decision certainly makes sense. Instead of fans at Kauffman Stadium being the only ones to witness the ceremony, Royals fans everywhere can be a part of the festivities, getting to watch the fun as they each receive their rings prior to the second game of the season. We can all relive the fun of the 2015 postseason for an additional night.
While the Royals and their fans celebrate one additional time, maybe the Mets can relive the World Series as well. Lucas Duda can see footage of his throw home, where Eirc Hosmer scored as the ball reached the backstop. Jeurys Familia can watch the three blown saves he had during the World Series, as the Royals continued their knack for the improbable comeback. Yoenis Cespedes can watch his amazing route to the ball in center on Alcides Escobar‘s leadoff inside the park home run. Everyone can enjoy these pleasant memories!
Get ready to celebrate for an additional day as the Kansas City Royals championship celebration has been extended.