Billy Butler reaches on an infield single, scores from first, is baserunning poetry in motion
Hot off of his stolen base in Game 3 of the ALDS, Billy Butler had his exquisite baserunning on full display in Game 1 of the ALCS vs. the Orioles. Not only did he hustle safely to first on an infield single in the top of the third inning thanks to a bobbled catch from O's first baseman Steve Pearce …
… but he then scored from first on a three-run double by Alex Gordon, putting the Royals up 4-1.
"Billy Butler," "infield single," "scored from first" -- these are not usually phrases that go together. But in October, they're poetry.
Billy Butler runs to first like he's crossing a river on a series of rolling logs.- Mark Lisanti (@marklisanti) October 11, 2014
We present an ode to Billy Butler's baserunning:
Like a bag of laundry down the chute, Butler rumbles into first. He stands composing himself, as if just awoken from a long slumber. Butler watches Gordon's hit searing overhead, and he heaves off toward second. The slog to third is infinite but he makes it somehow, equal parts inertia and momentum. He rounds the final base, and like a 1983 Chevy Suburban, Butler heads for home.