Royals players, fans ready for Opening Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Opening Day is only hours away, and the Kansas City Royals are ready to hit the field—and this time they have something to prove.

"We want to get going," said manager Ned Yost. "We want to get into the grind of the season."

Yost says the team is chomping at the bit to defend their title, and fans can't wait to cheer them on again in hopes of another magical season.

"I'm really excited about it because I feel like at the end of the season everybody came together," said Royals fan Celina Curry. She says that Kansas City just isn't the same when the Royals aren't playing, but when they hit this field there is a sort of bond that spreads across the metro.

"There was a different energy happening in the city and I think we're gonna keep that up," said Curry.

Yost says he knows the challenges the team will face starting tomorrow, but he says the guys are ready to show their city they have what it takes.

"Everybody was real excited when the plane touched down in Kansas City last night," said Yost. "A lot of action in the clubhouse, everybody excited for tomorrow. Tomorrow is gonna be a great day for everybody. For fans, for us."

The gates open at 1:00 p.m., with the first pitch against the Chicago White Sox scheduled for 3:10 p.m.​

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