Rick Ankiel loves playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Whether as a pitcher, infielder, outfielder or batboy, through thick & thin, good times & bad, injuries & slumps, the team & fans have stood by him, and vice versa. Still, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t mind being shipped somewhere else.
The Cards outfielder’s name had popped up in recent trade rumors over the winter. One rumor had him aiming toward Atlanta. Another had him going to the Yankees. And like most modern-day citizens, Rick followed these rumors the 21st century way - through Internet news alerts.
And it was a process that, in his own words, he found “stimulating”.