Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) competed in his first MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Butler — the lone Royal selected for the All-Star Game, which was hosted by Kansas City — caught the ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer George Brett before entering the game in the seventh inning.
Butler received a standing ovation when it was announced he’d led off the seventh against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. Butler grounded out to third base against Hamels and then struck out after working a full count in the ninth against Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan to finish the game 0 for 2.
Butler had eight family members in the stands, including his wife, Katie, a Skyline High School graduate he met in Idaho Falls and who is expecting another child in January.
“In his big-league career, this is the biggest moment for sure,” Katie Butler told the Kansas City Star. “It’s an unforgettable experience, being around all the Royals fans, and our family, and where we’ve been since 2007. … Six years here, and this is the best we’ve ever seen Kansas City.” Continue reading “Ex-Chukar updates, July 15”