Every season, there are young guys that earn our attention, and some that win our hearts. The 2012 season was no different. In fact, there were several of you — especially pitchers! — who made us Cardinals fans stop and realize how bright the future is.
You were certainly one of those guys.
Much like Trevor Rosenthal, you have a special place in the hearts of Chris and I here at AMF. Your time in the Quad Cities gave us a glimpse of who you are, and how you could factor into this game on a major level. The simple fact that you’re a River-Bandit-Turned-Cardinal is reason enough to prompt such a letter, but after the things you accomplished at the Big-League level, you’ve earned it.
I’ll be honest, when Jaime Garcia went down in early June, there was concern throughout Cardinal Nation about a replacement. Shelby Miller hadn’t looked sharp early, and Lance Lynn was already in the rotation in place of Chris Carpenter.
Actually, now that I think of it, I may have had an early heads up on your call up.
I was at a River Bandits game with my dad, and as we talked to the season ticket holder in front of us (a Cubs fan who closely followed former Bandits throughout the Cardinals organization, simply because of his getting to know them at the single A level!) mentioned that you had been pitching quite well as of late.
He thought you’d probably get the call before Shelby did.
Looks like he knows what he’s talking about!
Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to be in St. Louis for your second MLB start. It was against the Royals. And the most memorable thing that happened that game was the triple-play-that-wasn’t.
I’m sure that’s all I need to say, as far as you’re concerned! For Cardinals fans, too. I won’t lie, I was impressed, seeing a triple play in person and all. (I was also impressed with how long it too Mike Matheny to get ejected after the umpires overturned the call … for a guy as nice as he is, it took a lot before he said enough to actually be tossed!) He had a point though. And I loved how willing he was to take a stand for a young pitcher in just his second start.
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