Wade Davis and Drew Butera reflect of the 2015 World Series and the late Yordano Ventura

Justin Parrish
June 09, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Wade Davis and Drew Butera were on the mound and behind the plate to close out of the 2015 World Series and give the Kansas City Royals their first World Series Championship in 30 years. It's only fitting that we have the duo back together for our Royals 5 Year reunion segment.

Butera began the 2015 season as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, before joining the Royals in late April and he could sense that something special was going on in the Royals clubhouse before he even arrived.

"I actually got to play the Royals at home in Anaheim, before I joined the team and you could tell that there was special about the team, playing against them," Butera said while on with Fescoe in the Morning for the Royals 5 Year reunion on Tuesday. "You could tell that it was one unit together, looking to literally beat your socks off, every game. It didn't matter (who), something happened with Ventura and (Mike) Trout and it was within seconds, everybody had Ventura's back and I was like man, this is ok."

Throughout that 2015 season, there would be numerous fights, the Royals had that "us against the world" mentality and it showed. That team grew up together, mainstays like Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, and Christian Colon, had come up through the Royals' system together and created that bond. The one guy you always saw in the middle of every tense moment, was the late Yordano Ventura.

"He was always pretty calm, smart, always wanted to engage and learn things, whether it be different pitches or how to pitch certain guys. He was pretty curious and I found it easy to talk to him and communicate with him about baseball in general," Davis said of Ventura when asked what he was like as a teammate. "A lot of the guys on the team were like that, there wasn't a whole lot of problems inside the clubhouse. What happened on the field, like I said, some people just have an on-switch and he was definitely one of them."

"To me he was fearless, it didn't matter who was at the plate or what the situation was, there was no backing down, " Butera said of Ventura.  "There was no situation too big for him and no opposing player that was too great for him. It was him, he knew his talent, he trusted his ability and he was like a lion on the mound."


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