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BBQ sauce named after Billy Butler flying off shelves

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) is further working himself into Kansas City culture with his own barbecue sauce.

The Billy’s Hit it a TON Barbecue sauce launched in April through Zarda’s, a local restaurant chain, and was available on Kansas City-area grocery store shelves. All profits from the sauce benefit Butler’s Hit-It-A-Ton charity, which he started with his wife, Katie, an Idaho Falls native, to raise food for needy families in Kansas City.

You can buy it online here.

The sauce started as a limited-time promotion. But its popularity skyrocketed when it found its way into the Royals dugout June 5. The Royals ended an 11-game home losing streak that night and promptly won seven of eight, bestowing the sauce the moniker “Rally Sauce” in the Royals clubhouse and earning it mention on the local game broadcasts.

That led to a spike in orders and grocery stores re-upped their orders of the sauce. Continue reading “BBQ sauce named after Billy Butler flying off shelves”

Ex-Chukar update, July 1

The Kansas City Royals called up LHP Everett Teaford (2006 Chukar) to make a spot start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Teaford held down the Rays through five innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five to finish with a no decision. The appearance was Teaford’s 30th at the Major League level as he worked primarily out of the Royals bullpen last season. But he made three starts last year, and he will make his third start this year in Toronto on Monday.

OF Wil Myers (2009) and 1B Clint Robinson (2007) were named Triple-A all-stars Thursday. Myers and Robinson will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the July 11 game between Pacific Coast League and International League all-stars. Myers didn’t join Triple-A until May 16 after hitting .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in 35 games in Double-A. Since then, he’s hit .306 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs in Triple-A. Myers, who leads all of minor league baseball with 26 home runs this season, will also compete in the Futures Game on July 8. Robinson earns his second straight Triple-A all-star berth after hitting .313 with 10 home runs in 71 games with a cup of coffee with the Major League club mixed in. Continue reading “Ex-Chukar update, July 1”

Former Chukar updates, June 24

The Kansas City Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez (2008-09 Chukar) from the 60-day disabled list Friday and he rewarded the club with a 2-for-4 performance that included a two-run, fourth-inning home run against the St. Louis Cardinals that night. The 22-year-old catcher had missed all of the Royals’ previous 67 games in 2012 until Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee March 16. The Royals signed Perez to a five-year, $7-million extension during the offseason but he injured his knee while warming up pitcher Jonathan Sanchez before a Cactus League game. The Royals gave him the day off Saturday but plan to have him catch again today.

Wil Myers (2009) was named to the Futures Game as part of Team USA this week. The game starts at 3 p.m. July 8 at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium and is televised on ESPN2. The Royals bumped Myers up to AAA on May 16 and he’s hit 11 home runs in 35 games in Omaha with a .315/.407/.654 batting average/on-base percentage/ slugging percentage line. Continue reading “Former Chukar updates, June 24”

Former Chukars inch closer to bigs

While Major League Baseball’s opening day was a full week ago, opening day for the full-season minor league clubs kicks off today around the country. And it kicks off with ex-Chukars dotting the rosters of the Royals’ affiliates.

In Triple-A, eight ex-Chukars are on the 24-man roster. In AA, it’s more than half, as 15 of the 26 players played in Idaho Falls. And in A-ball, it’s 11 of 28 in High-A and 12 of 25 in Low-A.

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