KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals tradition means the world to one metro fan. In fact, he credits that tradition with saving his life.
"They told me I would be dead in 18 months. I don't know if you guys can tell but they were wrong," Tim Grimes said to a cheering crowd.
It's a tailgate speech no doctor thought he would ever be able to give on opening day. Tim Grimes was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma about a year and a half ago. On that day, he decided he would make his own commitment: to fight.
"Not only have I made it this far, things are actually improving and it looks like I'm not going anywhere," Grimes said.
He turned it into a slogan he's now known for. "Not going anywhere" is a phrase he said he shares with his boys in blue.
"There's a lot of parallels I see between the Royals and myself and my battle," Grimes said.
Tim threw himself into treatments during the day, but the Royals were his light at the end of the tunnel. A team that fought, despite the naysayers, who never thought they'd take the series.
"They never gave up, they beat the odds."
While Tim isn't quite done with treatment, doctors recently told him the tumors have shrunk by 50 percent. With the motivation of his team behind him, Tim said he will be at many more opening days to come.
"They just won the world series and now it's my turn."
Tim said he should be done with treatment by the end of this season and it will be his fighting spirit alongside the royals that gets him through.