Chris Butler wouldn’t divulge how much heavier his wallet will be after the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series.
Rest assured, it’s a tidy amount.
Butler, who hails from St. Louis, had no trouble finding takers throughout the dressing room to place a wager with before the thrilling Major League Baseball final series began.
The 6-2 Game 7 victory made it all twice as nice for the Calgary Flames defenceman.
“I’m going to be eating pretty well for the next couple of weeks,” Butler said with a grin. “And I’ll probably have some extra spending money. A couple of guys thought they were going to cash in.
“I was a little worried I would have had to go to the ATM (Friday) morning, but I didn’t have to.
“Now I’m in collection mode.”
Butler was happily donning a Cardinals hat for the past while, showing support for his hometown team.
The only disappointment he had was not being able to watch the finale, since it took place at the same time as his club’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Even though NHL players are supposed to be focused to the point of not noticing what’s being said over the public address system, Butler couldn’t help it in the third period.
“They guy’s yelling practically and words, ‘World Series update’ caught my ears,” he admitted. “When I heard the announcement, it was awesome.
“I spend a lot of my summer watching those guys and really enjoy the way they play. The amount of character they showed digging themselves out of a hole and getting to this position is incredible. It may be one of the most historic seasons, coming from as far back as they did is pretty cool.
“I wish I would have been able to watch it, but it was a good night for me.”
Make it good couple of nights to cap an incredible season.
The Cardinals were 10.5 games back of Atlanta in the Wild Card chase, but went on a torrid finish to overtake the slumping Braves on the final day of the regular season.
Then, St. Louis upset the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers to reach the World Series.
If that’s not enough, their 10-9 Game 6 win over Texas is one of the most memorable in recent years.
“I’m biased because I’m a Cardinals fans, but that may be the best baseball game in a long time,” Butler said. “Down to your last strike twice and come back and win, summarized their season. Every time they were down and out and you were about to write them off, they’d come back.
“It’s hard to believe.”