Royals introduce Lucas Duda in the most awkward spot possible

The Kansas City Royals added a veteran presence on Tuesday, signing first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. He’ll try to help fill the void left by franchise cornerstone Eric Hosmer, who signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres earlier in February.

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It’s a big opportunity for Duda to get back on track after injuries have limited him in each of the last two seasons. We’d also suggest joining Kansas City could be a good opportunity to exorcise the demons stemming from the 2015 World Series, where his Game 5 helped sink the Mets while opening the door for the Royals to end a 30-year championship drought.

Then again, that might prove impossible if the Royals keep reminding him of that crushing moment.

When Duda arrived to camp on Wednesday, his first media session as a Royal was held right next to a framed cover of Sports Illustrated commemorating their 2015 World Series triumph.

Awkward much?

That exact photo wouldn’t exist if not for Duda’s blunder. With the Royals down a run in the ninth inning of Game 5, Duda committed a throwing error that coincidentally allowed Eric Hosmer to score the tying run. Kansas City would go on to win the game in 12 innings, silencing what had been a hopeful crowd at Citi Field.

Of all places at the Royals expansive spring training facility to hold Duda’s introductory media session, that photo just happened to be prominently featured. Either someone was doing some serious trolling, or this is the most unfortunate coincidence ever.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: A fan holds a sign outside prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Jirschele #23 of the Kansas City Royals and Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets meet with the officiating crew prior to Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out the side in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets celebrates with David Wright #5 of the New York Mets after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julie Jacobson - Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals is forced out at second base as Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets throws to first base in the second inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Citi Field in New York. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals reacts to striking out in the first inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts to striking out the side in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the New York Mets during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first as Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets slides into second during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the dugout after striking out in the fourth inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar fields a grounder hit by New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the third inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Citi Field in New York. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Fans hold signs during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals meets with Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals on the pitcher's mound in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets looks on prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets fouls the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets lies on the ground after fouling the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets lies on the ground after fouling the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets reacts after retiring the side in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets scores a run on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets (not pictured) in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets runs to first base during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets takes the field in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring a run off of a double hit by Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning against Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after scoring a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with teammates after scoring a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals steals second base in the 12th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals signals for time out after stealing second base in the 12th inning during Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets makes an error on grounded ball hit by Paulo Orlando #16 of the Kansas City Royals in the twelfth inning during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Alcides Escobar #2 after scoring the go ahead run hit by Christian Colon #24 in the twelfth inning against Addison Reed #43 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Mike Moustakas #8 and Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 5 of the 2015 World Series 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Mike Moustakas #8 and Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 5 of the 2015 World Series 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Kansas City Royals celebrate on the field after defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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To Duda’s credit, he was a good sport about all of it.

“You learn from failure,” Duda said. “Makes you stronger as a person, as a player.”

Then again, what other option was there? He couldn’t yank the picture down and break the frame over his knee.

For the Royals sake, and more importantly for Duda’s sake, here’s hoping this is the lowest moment of his season and not a sign of misfortunes to come.

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