Rick Ankiel began the 2013 season as a member of the Houston Astros. After a month of the season, he was given his release and found himself a free agent.
Ankiel is on his way to St. Louis and is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight when the New York Mets take the field against Ankiel’s former team.
The story of Ankiel and his journey through baseball from starting pitcher to slugging outfielder is well documented. His time in St. Louis developed a near cult following, thanks in large part to the love Aaron Hooks and Cards Diaspora shows him on a regular basis.
Tonight Ankiel returns to Busch Stadium, once again as a member of the opposition. He has spent limited time in the visitor’s dugout of Busch Stadium, having played only six games against the team that drafted him. In those six games, he is hitting .250 with no home runs and a single run batted in. He does boast a .260 average with 24 home runs and 83 runs batted in over the course of 489 at bats during his career at the current version of Busch Stadium.
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