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Royals to make Mets watch two World Series ceremonies

The New York Mets will have to watch not one, but two ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium to open the season as the Kansas City Royals recognize their World Series title.

Before the April 3 opener on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, the Royals will raise their championship banner. Two days later, when the teams meet in the second game of the season, the Royals will receive their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.

That means the Mets must endure two ceremonies reliving their loss to the Royals in the 2015 Fall Classic.

"We decided to move the ring ceremony to the second game of the season so our entire fan base could feel like they are a part of it," Kevin Uhlich, the Royals' senior VP of business operations, said in a statement. "While it's great that ESPN has selected our season opener for their first primetime telecast, only our fans in attendance would have the opportunity to witness the entire ring ceremony. By moving the ceremony to Tuesday, our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City can carry the ring presentation in its entirety for all fans to see."