The fans of Kansas City treated Billy Butler like he was true royalty. From their vocal support during the home run derby (more on that later) to last night’s player introductions and his two at-bats in the 83rd All-Star game, Butler simpley said, “I had a blast.”
Butler came on in the seventh inning against Cole Hamels and after falling behind 0-2 in the count, he grounded to third. Butler had one more shot in the ninth, and struck out facing Joel Hanrahan. Butler was overwhelmed by the support he received all week, including the standing ovations during his at-bats.
AUDIO Billy Butler’s postgame comments (6:00)
Much was made about Butler being looked over for the Home Run Derby and many people through social media said the way Kansas City fans booed Robinson Cano for not choosing Butler was classless. I was one of those that didn’t see a problem with the vocal fans and their support of Billy. Cano said he didn’t care about being booed, saying he and the Yankees get that everywhere they go, but he said a couple of fans made comments to members of his family as they made their way to the restroom on Monday night. That was classless.
AUDIO Robinson Cano on the aftermath of his HR Derby decision
There are always going to be one or two jerks who try to give a city a black eye, but the fans of Kansas City should be proud of the ballclub and their city for hosting a great event and showing all MLB fans what a great ballpark Kauffman Stadium is.