For Pete's Sake

Billy Butler writes congratulatory note to A's pitcher who no-hit the Red Sox

Former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.
Former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. The Kansas City Star

Sean Manaea, the Oakland A's pitcher who threw a no-hitter Saturday night against the red-hot Boston Red Sox, got his start with the Royals.

In the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, the Royals used the 34th overall pick to select Manaea. Two years later, Manaea was the key part of a trade with the A's that sent infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist to the Royals just ahead of the trade deadline (right-hander Aaron Brooks was the other player that went to Oakland).

Zobrist had a sensational postseason, batting .303 with eight doubles, two home runs and six RBIs, and helped the Royals win the World Series. You may have heard about that parade that followed.

General manager Dayton Moore often talks about trying to make trades that are good for both organizations, and it seems that's what happened with this trade.

Manaea was in the Royals organization for a short period of time, but a number of his former teammates tweeted at him after the no-hitter. That includes former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, who was also Manaea's teammate with the A's:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@BABYSMGIRAFFE</a> So pumped to see that alert pop up on my phone! So proud of you kid! Congrats man!</p>&mdash; Billy Butler (@BillRayButler) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Royals catcher Cam Gallagher played with Manaea at Class A Wilmington, and talked about his former teammate ahead of Kansas City's game Sunday in Detroit.

"He’s always had a terrific fastball, good deception, kind of a different delivery," Gallagher said. "His off-speed’s definitely gotten a lot better."

Gallagher added: "He’s one of those guys you talk about. His delivery is so slow, once it comes out of his hand it’s on you right there. It gets on you quick. It was definitely overpowering in A-ball. It was really good."

As Manaea pitched deeper into Saturday's game, Gallagher found himself getting caught up in the action.

"I was like, ‘No way.’ I could feel — obviously his nerves going through him right there, definitely something I’ve never experienced, but I was feeling for him," Gallagher said. "I was glad that he ended up getting it done.

"I was nervous just watching for him, so I don’t imagine what he was feeling. But really happy for him. It was awesome."

Here are some of the other messages that people sent to Manaea.

Pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who was traded to the Reds as part of the Johnny Cueto deal, tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Holy hell!! Congrats to <a href="">@BABYSMGIRAFFE</a> on his no hitter tonight against the Red Sox!!</p>&mdash; Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Marten Gasparini, who is with the Royals' Class A affiliate in Lexington, tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to my man <a href="">@BABYSMGIRAFFE</a> on the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nono</a>!!<br>Proud of you</p>&mdash; Marten Gasparini (@theGreatGaspy) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Royals' Class AA affiliate at Northwest Arkansas tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to former <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NWANaturals</a> LHP Sean Manaea on his no-hitter for the Oakland A’s against the Boston Red Sox. The first A’s no-hitter since 2010. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MLBNaturals</a></p>&mdash; NW Arkansas Naturals (@nwanaturals) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Cory Nidoh, who is the media relations director at Wilmington, tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Does it against a scorching Red Sox team. Congrats to the former <a href="">@WilmBlueRocks</a> (2014-15) on the first no-no of the season. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Cory Nidoh (@Cory_Nidoh) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

By the way, if you want to see all 27 outs from the no-hitter, Major League Baseball made this video:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">27 outs, 0 hits … not bad for your first complete game. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) <a href="">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>