Royals start season in Chicago, fans excited

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Opening Day at Kaufman Stadium is one week away. On Monday, the Royals will open the season on the road in Chicago against their division rival, the White Sox. And for the first time in a long time, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

And fans are excited. Sales of Royals-related gear is beginning to pick up as Kansas Citians transition their attention from basketball to baseball.

It’s been 28 years since the Royals last went to the playoffs. They won the World Series in ’85. After 28 years, some fans think they have had a team to truly be excited about.

“We haven’t been good because one player can’t do it all in baseball, and now we actually have a really good team,” said Tyler Partinton, 15. “We’ve got the pitchers now. We have Moustakas and Hasmer.

Howard Partington agrees.

“A lot of prospects of doing well this year,” he said. “We’ve said that before, but I think this year we are going to be different. We’ve got some really good pitchers.”

The Royals worked out at US Cellular Field on Sunday in preparation of Monday’s game. The team played well this spring, finishing with the best record in baseball and a franchise record 25 wins.

The Royals are celebrating 40 years of Kauffman Stadium. The K opened in 1973, and they are hosting a small ceremony later this afternoon. Royals-White Sox in Chicago begins at 3:10.

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