Billy Butler wanders in the general direction of second base, gets caught in slow-motion rundown
Billy Butler, affectionately known as "Country Breakfast," is not known for his speed. A career .295 hitter with 1,273 hits, the Royals DH has just five career steals - the most recent of which came on July 5th, 2012.
On Tuesday, in Kansas City's first postseason appearance since 1985, Butler and the Royals tried to use that to their advantage and catch A's starter Jon Lester off guard.
"You want me to run, coach?"
"Yeah, we want you to run."
"When do I go?"
"When the pitcher--"
"TOO LATE! I'M GOING! I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING!"
Unfortunately for the Royals, while Butler was caught in the rundown, Eric Hosmer tried to score and the inning ended:
Although Butler cost Kansas City in the first, Ned Yost's aggressive tactics on the basepaths ultimately paid dividends for a team that finished last in the league in homers. The Royals stole seven bases -- just the third time a team has done that in a postseason game -- and rallied from a 7-3 deficit to force the game into extra innings. Naturally, Salvador Perez's walk-off single in the 12th inning was preceded by … a Christian Colon steal.