If doubt ever existed — and he insists it never did — those few magical nights last July for the All-Star Game festivities at Kauffman Stadium erased it for all time.

Designated hitter Billy Butler is right where he wants to be.

“There are guys who go through their whole career,” he said, “guys who play in a lot of All-Star Games but never get to play in their home ballpark. I got to do that, and the reception the people of Kansas City gave me was unreal.

Butler paused to reflect on the memory before continuing.

“The Home Run Derby…” he recalled. “The ovation I got in the line (after being introduced). It was all very, very, very humbling.”

Another pause underscores this is a rare moment.

Those who know him well can confirm Butler is rarely humble when it comes to hitting (and will add he doesn’t need to be). Those who know him at all can attest he isn’t often quiet.

“If I ever had any desire of wanting to go somewhere else,” he begins again before rushing to add, “and I never had any, but that would have changed.

“Really, I never had any to begin with but, the way the people of Kansas City treated me on those nights made me want to run through a brick wall for this city.”