Chipper Jones was one of the better No. 1 overall picks in recent memory going to the Braves in 1990. At that time, Royals' Billy Butler wasn't old enough to remember him.â†µ
Growing up, he began to idolize Jones and, 20 years later, he got a chance to meet him as the Royals take on the Braves this week.â†µ
"It was pretty special to talk to him," Butler said. "He's one of the guys I've been wanting to meet my whole life. Having a conversation with him is more than you can imagine."â†µ
The connection is the high schools they went to about a mile apart. People told Butler back then that he was best hitter since Jones.â†µ
"When I was younger they said I was the best hitter to come through since Chipper, I was the best this or that since Chipper," Butler said. "I played third base, like he did. Everything sort of fit. It was a no-brainer to be a Chipper Jones fan."â†µ
Butler's off to a strong start but he's got a long way to go to be the next Chipper Jones.