KANSAS CITY, Mo. It all started when a new shipment of designated hitter Billy Butler's "Hit it a TON" barbecue sauce arrived in the Royals' clubhouse six days ago.
That's when Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie began passing bottles of the sauce around the dugout during the game, rewarding Royals for getting big hits.
The television cameras began taking note, and now the story is close to going viral: There are bottles of Billy's barbecue sauce everywhere in the dugout, and players from Guthrie to Alex Gordon to Eric Hosmer to David Lough to Sal Perez have been shown grabbing the bottles and flashing them before the cameras after each Royals score.
And don't expect the fun to end all that soon: The Royals have won six straight for the first time in two years and seemingly righted their season, and it all coincides with Guthrie unleashing the power of the sauce.
"It started exactly when the streak started," Butler said. "Baseball pla...