Five things to watch during the Kansas City Royals’ 2011 season

Opening Day is a tough ticket in Kansas City. The other 80 home games, after all, usually mean so little. The 2011 Royals are not expected to contend — again. Yet the baseball world agrees that the organization has a group of potential stars coming up through the minor leagues. The 2011 season is the long layover before the jet lands in paradise.

Here are five story lines to watch until the 21-year-olds pitch and hit their way into our hearts, only to break them when they’re eligible for free agency in six years.

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