Win Or Lose, A Butera Will Be In The World Series04:31
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Win or lose, there will be a Butera in the World Series. On the left, Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera, #9, at a game in September against the Detroit Tigers. (Squire/Getty Images) On the right, Sal Butera – Drew’s father and one of the coaches of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a picture during Spring Training in 1999 in Florida. (Vincent Laforet/Getty Images)
Win or lose, there will be a Butera in the World Series. On the left, Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera, #9, at a game in September against the Detroit Tigers. (Squire/Getty Images) On the right, Sal Butera – Drew’s father and one of the coaches of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a picture during Spring Training in 1999 in Florida. (Vincent Laforet/Getty Images)
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For the first time since 1998, a father is in one dugout of a Major League Baseball playoff team and his son is in the other. Drew Butera is the Kansas City Royals back-up catcher. His father, Sal, is a Toronto Blue Jays coach.

Gina Butera bundles up while watching her son and husband’s respective teams play for the ALCS Championship. (Gred Echlin / KCUR)
Gina Butera bundles up while watching her son and husband’s respective teams play for the ALCS Championship. (Gred Echlin / KCUR)

Gina Butera, wife of Sal and mother of Drew, is stuck in the middle, silently cheering, as both the Blue Jays and the Royals battle for a spot in the World Series during the American League Championship Series.

From Here & Now Contributor Network, Greg Echlin of KCUR in Kansas City reports on the behind-the-scenes perspective from the family matriarch.

“I actually had a T-shirt designed and it’s blue,” said Gina Butera. “On one side it is the Jays logo and on the side it’s the Royals logo. The back says, ‘Butera’s house divided.’ Yeah, I had no doubt that both of them were going to be in the playoffs. No doubt.”

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This segment aired on October 21, 2015.

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