KANSAS CITY -- New York Mets captain David Wright expressed no bitterness about having to stand on the third-base line with teammates for the bulk of the Kansas City Royals’ pregame celebration on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
In a scheduling quirk because the Houston Astros now reside in the American League and interleague play has become season-long, the two World Series combatants met on the following Opening Day for the first time in major league history.
Royals fans mostly acted indifferently to the Mets during the pregame introductions -- with the exception of a cheer for first baseman Lucas Duda, who had the misfire to the plate in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series.
That play, which included Eric Hosmer racing home for the tying run, actually was not included in the World Series video montage shown on the scoreboard as the teams remained lined up along the foul lines.
The Mets also had to watch from the field as the Royals’ World Series banner was raised in left field.
“They’re the champs. They should celebrate it,” Wright said. “If the outcome would have been a little different and we won, I’m sure we would have played a nice video as well. They’re the champs. They deserve it.”