Athletes are a superstitious bunch, so its no surprise that there are rules to the Royals Rally Sauce.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Since Billy Butler brought his barbecue sauce to teammates on June 5, the Royals have won 11 of 15 games. With each win, the sauce became more prominent in the celebration. Its gone from a Twitter reference by Jeremy Guthrie to players mugging for the camera in the dugout with a bottle in their hands to it replacing Gatorade in a walk-off victory.
Butler was at the Zarda Bar-B-Q location on Friday in Lenexa, selling the sauce and Rally Sauce T-shirts, with the proceeds going to the Bishop Sullivan Center. He also signed autographs for fans and talked about the ritual behind the sauce.
Its almost like you cant touch it, Butler said. Me and Jeremy are the only ones who can touch it, you only get to touch it when you do something good: drive in a run, score a run, all those things. Dont touch it. Leave it where its at.
A bottle of the barbecue sauce has been positioned at various places in the dugout to achieve maximum good fortune.
Weve had the most success with it when its near the top step of the dugout, Butler said. Weve tried different areas to get it going. Its not good in other areas, but the top of the dugout usually.
More than 300 fans came out to get the sauce and T-shirts and to meet Butler, first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Elliot Johnson and pitchers Tim Collins and Greg Holland.
Its taken off to extreme levels and its great and its great to see that all of it goes to charity, Butler said. Its not going to me, its not going to Terry (Hyer, Chief Operating Officer for Zarda), its going to help the hungry people of Kansas City and were having fun along the way with it. Thats really all it is.
Its great to see everyone out here excited about what were doing, about what the Royals are doing and were playing good baseball. If were not playing good baseball, nothing gets taken to this level.
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