If the metro's cold weather dampened the middle of the week, just look to the Royals for warmth.
The team reported to spring training Wednesday in Surprise, Arizona. The franchise is hoping to improve on the team's 2014 season, in which the crowns reached the World Series for the first time since 1985. Despite the loss in seven games to the San Francisco Giants, there's optimism around K.C. for the 2015 campaign.
The Royals return most of the team's defensive starters, but add some new faces as well. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales signed a two-year deal and Alex Rios inked a one-year contract in December.
While current players on the roster ushered in preseason workouts, one of Kansas City's all-time greats received an honor. Mike Sweeney, who spent 13 years in K.C., will be the 26th member of the Royals Hall of Fame.
Sweeney, a five-time All-Star, hit .297 for the club with 215 home runs as a Royal.
The team opens the Cactus League schedule Wednesday, March 4 against the Texas Rangers.