You know what? Someday, you'll look back on Friday and laugh. Or cry. That's the trouble with Opening Day. It's a holiday of hindsight.
"No, obviously not the way we wanted to open up at home for our fans," Royals manager Ned Yost said after an 8-3 loss to Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium. "Just got away from us quick."
Monet couldn't have painted a sweeter backdrop: Day game, blue skies, balloons, military flyovers, a parade of franchise legends, Richard Karn, and the first sellout at the K since its renovation. After a 3-3 west-coast swing to open the season and a slumping Indians lineup next on the docket, there was a buzz in the air. The setting was perfect.
The Local Nine, alas, were not.
New center fielder Jarrod Dyson misplayed a ball at the warning track. Balls to the right side of the infield often seemed to squib a few inches past the outstretched glove of Yuniesky Betancourt. Luke Hochevar surrendered seven runs on eight hits in the top of the first. In the top of the f...