The KC Royals did their friends across the parking lot a solid this week when they announced a schedule change in the month of September.
About a month ago, I wrote an article on what the KC Royals could do to learn from their buddies across the lot at the Truman Sports Complex. As it turns out, it appears the organization pays a bit more attention to the Chiefs than previously thought.
In an official statement, the Royals announced that while their four-game series with the Oakland Athletics in Sept. will still last all four contests, it’ll look different. Instead of the series running per the usual (one game per day), day two will feature a split doubleheader at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m.
This is a nod to the Super Bowl champion Chiefs, as they could possibly open their season — and the NFL’s season as a whole — on Thursday the 10th. This isn’t always the case, but it’s a relatively safe bet and would undoubtedly be one of the better matchups to kick off another year of football. The Chiefs have been must-see football, so the NFL would be wise to get them on prime-time television as often as possible.
While it would be nice for the Royals to also be playing important ball during this timeframe, the team is expected to be at least a year (and possibly two) away from being competitive. That doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to look forward to, though. By that point, plenty of the farm system’s best could be debuting at Kauffman Stadium.
At any rate, at least fans of both teams won’t have to worry about the reigning champs not having the parking space necessary to open at home. Hats off to the Royals for thinking ahead and doing the right thing.
Also, here’s to a doubleheader near the end of this season!