Pictures: Opening Day At “The K” in Kansas City
In pregame ceremonies the Kansas City Royals acknowledged it had been 550 days since the team and it's fans had been together. After the pregame ceremonies and a flyover from Whiteman Airforce Base the Royals came out on top with a record breaking win.
After a mind numbing first inning that took an hour, the Royals would go on win the longest nine inning game in club history, according to a report on the team's website.
The game, which took four hours and twenty six minutes to play, started slowly for the Royals with the Texas Rangers scoring six runs off of Royals starter Brad Keller. The Royals would come back in the bottom of the first scoring five runs. Then fall behind before Jorge Soler hit a game tying homer to lead off the fourth.
After the fourth inning the Royals had a 10 - 8 edge over the Rangers. In the sixth the Rangers would score one more making it 10 - 9. And the Royals would break it open in the seventh scoring three more runs and adding one more in the eighth to beat the Rangers 14-10.
It was an opening day of firsts and records for the team according to Royals.com:
- Club record for runs scored on opening day.
- Michael Taylor's first home run as a Royal.
- The longest nine inning game in club history.
- Kyle Isbel's Major League Debut. He got his first hit, and his first RBI.
- Brad Keller, shortest opening day start in club history.
- Wade Davis, first save as a Royal since September 28, 2016.
I happened to be at the game with my buddy, co-worker and huge Royals fan Mike Pettis. Here's some of what we saw, and some of my thoughts on the game and a few things you'll experience if you hit "The K" for socially distanced experience this season.