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From flags to rings to meeting the President, here are the Royals’ spoils of victory

A photo of the Royals’ World Series celebration last fall fills one side of the team’s Hall of Fame building at Kauffman Stadium. On opening night, the Royals also will raise a 2015 World Series championship flag.
A photo of the Royals’ World Series celebration last fall fills one side of the team’s Hall of Fame building at Kauffman Stadium. On opening night, the Royals also will raise a 2015 World Series championship flag. along@kcstar.com

To the victor go the spoils, and the defending World Series champions are going to enjoy some extras this season.

THE FLAG

On opening night against the New York Mets, the Royals will raise their flag at Kauffman Stadium. It’s the 2015 World Series champions’ flag, and it may make a fan or two shed a tear.

THE RINGS

The design is being kept under wraps, but word is it’ll be bigger than anything you’d see someone wearing on the street. Expect there to be lots of diamonds on the rings, which will be given to the players before the second game of the season.

THE ALL-STAR GAME

Royals manager Ned Yost will be calling the shots again in the American League dugout when the Midsummer Classic is played July 12 in San Diego. But it’s way too early to know if he’ll get another Apple watch.

THE JERSEYS

For their two-game series to open the season, the Royals will tweak their usual white home jerseys. The usual script “Royals” will be embossed in gold with blue thread. The players’ numbers also will be embossed in gold with blue thread. A World Series champions patch will be sewn on the sleeve.

The Royals’ hats will be jazzed up, too: The “KC” logo will be gold, as will a 2015 World Series champions logo on the side. The back of the hats will feature the MLB logo (that familiar silhouetted batter) ... also, of course, in gold.

THE PRESIDENT

There is no official word on when the Royals will visit the White House, but June 9 is an open day after they play in Baltimore. That seems like a natural time to pay a visit. We do know this: The Royals will be the last baseball team to visit President Obama, a noted Chicago White Sox fan.

THE TROPHY

The World Series trophy will be on display all season at the Royals Hall of Fame in left field.

THE DUGOUT

The top of the Royals’ dugout at Kauffman Stadium has a new logo: 2015 World Series champions. So, if things aren’t going well at The K during a game this season, just take a gander at that.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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