Too often nowadays you hear about professional athletes and their transgressions off the field (I’m looking at you Ben Roethlisberger), them being jerks on the field (Milton Bradley), or not respecting certain traditions of the game (A-Rod.)
That’s why it is so refreshing when you see a player who still plays for the joy of the playing. They still get excited about being able to play a game they love for a living. For as much as Brett Favre annoys me, you can’t deny that he plays with a little league kid’s grin on his face almost every Sunday.
It seems like Cardinals pitcher Jamie Garcia is one of those who loves what he does.
According to ESPN, even though he lost on Friday night, he is still relishing his first major league hit. He got an infield single off of Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum.
Garcia said “Hey, I’ll keep the ball. It’s a good memory. And I’ll write Lincecum on it. My first hit comes against a future Hall-of-Famer. Fifteen years from now I can pull it out and show it off.”
He also said he doesn’t actually have the ball right now, but that it is safe with a trainer. I’m sure when the Cards get back to St. Louis after this series in San Francisco Garcia will make sure he gets his hands on that ball.
More importantly, it’s nice to see a guy excited like that. He took the time to talk about it to the media, even though he lost the game. It reminds us that there are still guys out there aren’t just in it for the big paycheck.
I know there are more guys out there like Garcia, but you never hear about them. In an age where the perception of the professional athlete is one of an entitled drama queen, it’s cool to see a guy excited by the small stuff.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.