Monday, August 10, 2009
Billy Butler wins a watch
Hey, the link says it's breaking news, so who am I to argue?
Finally, a little bit of good news for the Royals. First baseman Billy Butler was picked Monday as the American League player of the week after batting .538 and posting six consecutive multi-hit games for the week ending Sunday. It is the first weekly award in Butler's career. He is the first Royals' player to win the honor since pitcher Zack Greinke shared the April 13-19 award with Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler. The coolest thing about this isn't that a Royal won something. I mean, that's cool, too. But even a blind pig does find the occasional truffle, and Butler is a talented young hitter who might yet become a poor man's Edgar Martinez.
The last Royals position player to win the award was shortstop Mike Aviles, who shared the July 28-Aug. 3, 2008 honor with New York outfielder Xavier Nady.
Butler will receive a Swiss Tourneau luxury timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his award.
No, the coolest thing about this is that Billy Butler gets a watch.
Did you know that? I didn't. When I visit the National Baseball Museum in Cooperstown, some of my favorite items are the watches and rings and silver cups and whatnot that players used to receive in commemoration of various accomplishments.
So it pleases me to discover the tradition lives, and that dozens of commemorative watches are awarded every season, many of them to players who will go their entire careers without winning any of the big awards. But I'm left with a question: How many luxury timepieces does Albert Pujols have, just laying around?