LEAWOOD, Kan. — Heading into Game 6 of the World Series, the Kansas City Royals were facing elimination. Twelve-year-old Jack Georgie, who lives in Billy Butler’s neighborhood, decided the designated hitter needed a pep talk.
“I saw Billy’s pickup outside, so I went home and wrote him a letter,” Georgie said. “Road my bike right over to his house and rang the doorbell. I asked if I could hand it to Billy Butler.”
Georgie was invited in and told to go downstairs to talk to Butler.
“I saw him at the bar, handed him the note,” Georgie said.
In his note, Georgie reminded Butler — and the rest of the team — that the whole city was behind them. After giving it to Butler, Georgie said few words were exchanged.
“He said, ‘Thanks, dude. What’s your name?’ I said, ‘Jack,’ and I just walked out.”
Later Georgie received a thank-you letter in the mail saying that Butler would share Georgie’s letter with the team. Also in the letter — two tickets to Game 6 of the World Series.
“I was pretty shocked and nervous that I was going to the World Series, but we got a win, and I got to see it,” Georgie said.
If the Royals win Game 7, Georgie said he’ll get another treat — only this one will be from his father.
“My dad said I get to stay home from school and go to the parade, so that’s a pretty big bargain for me,” he said. “It would be awesome to see the whole city erupt with joy for winning the World Series.”
The Royals square off for Game 7 Wednesday night with the first pitch slated for 7:07. It will air on FOX 4 News.