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Billy Butler’s stolen base inspires a GIF, a new hashtag and more

With Alex Gordon at the plate, Kansas City’s Billy Butler made a surprise move in a series full of shockers by stealing second base, beating the throw from Angels catcher Chris Iannetta on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
With Alex Gordon at the plate, Kansas City’s Billy Butler made a surprise move in a series full of shockers by stealing second base, beating the throw from Angels catcher Chris Iannetta on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

The Royals made some big plays Sunday to sweep the Angels in the American League Division Series, but none was more surprising than Billy Butler’s stolen base.

Butler, the designated hitter nicknamed “Country Breakfast,” is not known for his speed, to say the least. His last stolen base was July 5, 2012.

But somehow he managed to steal second in the third inning of one of the most important games in Royals history.

GIF: Billy Butler steals 2nd base on a lefthander on Twitpic

He then celebrated by impersonating Jarrod Dyson’s engine-revving dance move.

GIF: Billy Butler, revving that throttle on Twitpic

The occasion was so rare, Butler took the stolen base home.

One fan celebrated the steal by making a spur-of-the-moment sign.

Another compared Butler to a cheetah.

Apparently, speed gets you more than a stolen base. If you’re Billy Butler, it gets you an updated Wikipedia page, love from fans and a new hashtag: #ThatsWhatCountryBreakfastDo.

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