All-Star Billy Butler meets with the media
This afternoon players representing the American and National Leagues and their respective teams arrived in Kauffman Stadium for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby and tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Among the array of talented All-Stars is Royals’ designated hitter Billy Butler and manager Ned Yost. The players and coaches met with media today at Arrowhead Stadium.
A first-time All-Star, Butler excitedly addressed the media about what an honor it is to be chosen and the excitement that comes with the selection, especially since it is in Kansas City. He said he has always known Kansas City and this is where he has grown as a Major League player, which just adds to the excitement. He went on to say he is excited to see the fans and their reaction throughout the event as well as playing in a packed house. Butler said he expects it to be similar to a playoff atmosphere with crowd size and excitement. He said it will be like what the Royals will be striving to have at Kauffman following the break and throughout the future.
Another aspect Billy said is exciting about being selected to the All-Star team is playing against and around his childhood favorite, Braves’ third baseman and future Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones. Billy said he was a huge Braves fan growing up and always loved watching Jones. He also said it will be a lot of fun to be around him and playing with him this week.
This afternoon the All-Stars will be taking part in batting practice and other on-field workouts prior to the Home Run Derby. Tomorrow, Butler will participate in the All-Star Red Carpet Show, which begins at The Plaza.