OK, "keeping" is maybe strong, this is only the second consecutive season in which the Royals will play the Yankees for their first home series. In 2007, the opened against Boston, which is 90% the same thing.
This just seems like a terrible disservice/string of bad luck for many fans, who make a big deal out of hating the Yankees. Ideally, you'd want to have the Yankees series safely in the middle of the season, an oasis of midwestern yankee-hating and assorted bitching in a long season. Opening Day is a special time of pomp and lots of cheesy poeticizing about rebirth. It is a completely different vibe, or at least should be. By having the Yankees there on Opening Day, you lose in both directions.
Finally, for three years straight now, the Royals have essentially lost a big ticket date at the box office, given that Opening Day would be a sellout (or close) if the Royals were playing Garden City. I'd hate to say this is happening on purpose, but does it serve some logistical purpose to have the Red Sox/Yankees playing in KC in the season's first week? Did someone at the Royals make a behind the scenes push? Is it better for the Yankees to get the Royals road trip out of the way immediately for some reason?
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