During a WBC game backup Royals catcher Drew Butera, playing for Team Italia, tried to make it to home plate. The only person in his way was starting Royals catcher Salvador Perez, playing for Team Venezuela. He awkwardly went down into a half slide, half chop block and took one of Perez’s knees with him.
It’s easy to call this an accident and it looked like it could be. It could be nothing more than an awkward play at the plate. But if Draymond Green has the sensibility to kick someone in the family jewels while going up for a shot, isn’t it possible that Butera had starting for the Kansas City Royals in his mind while “sliding” home? Even just a little?
“I’m kicking Drew’s ass when I see him.” Royals Manager Ned Yost
This did not ring any Pete Rose like bells when it happened. But it does conjure up visions of last season when Mike Moustakas and Andrew Gordon collided chasing a foul ball. Moustakas went out with a tore up knee and Gordon with a broken wrist. The Royals watched their season hit the skids pretty quick. This new collision has Royals fans everywhere collectively gasping for air.
The WBC is meant as much as a publicity stunt as a means to let the world watch premiere athletes. It would be beyond a pity if Perez spent any significant time away from the clubhouse rehabbing his knee. Although early reports are saying there is no major damage and nothing some elevation and ice can’t fix.
Ned Yost said that Salvador Perez will fly back to Arizona today. He expects Perez will have a second MRI done tomorrow.
— Pete Grathoff (@pgrathoff) March 13, 2017
Perez is an amazing catcher and the Royals would not want to forfeit his help because of an injury such as this. Much in the same way that athletes and owners are nervous about NBA players playing in exhibition games and the Olympics, the WBC is starting to be felt in the same vein. But as baseball tries to broaden its audience on the global spectrum it’s a great way to see guys like Perez to showcase their talents for their country and for the rest of the world.
— Jeremy Scheuch (@jeremyscheuch) March 11, 2017
Sports fans love a good controversy and one can’t help think that Butera did this on purpose. Listen all of ya’ll it’s a sabotage!