Eck of a player
But Eckstein’s some kind of athlete and some kind of baseball player, don’t let the appearances fool you. He has tremendous field savvy, and as we saw with that single in Houston the other night, a real knack for being calm in the clutch. Remember, that Pujols blast doesn’t happen without Eck’s two-strike dribbler.
Besides, he really has the right attitude, and handles himself with extreme focus on the field and total professionalism with the media and with fans.
The guy has fun playing ball, and you can see that from the time he steps on the field. Nobody has more fun playing catch than this guy, whether it’s with double-play partner Mark Grudzielanek or, like during Tuesday’s workout, with his brother, Rick, who’s a coach in the Nationals organization but along for this postseason ride with David.
There’s the standard toss from 60 feet or so like everyone else does, but then Eck breaks it out all the way down the line. The other day in Houston, he went all the way to the left-field corner, and with the fan-packed stands jutting out, media all over the place on the field and a boom microphone as a target for Grudzielanek, the two played catch like kids in a park. High arching throws, perfect strikes every time. Fun stuff.
Sure, he’s little. But he’s tough, and he’s absolutely huge for the Cardinals. — John Schlegel / MLB.com