Happy 35th birthday! Hope you are enjoying your last days of relaxing before leaving for Jupiter and spring training. Personally, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you and how things go for you as a Cardinal. (Which, of course, I’ve said before. More than once, in just a month since I saw those pictures and videos of you from the Winter Warm-Up. What can I say — other than, once again, welcome! And you do look good in Cardinal red. Really good!)
Here’s a birthday wish for you: that you don’t turn all cranky like Chris Carpenter when he turned 35 last April. I know you were there for at least one of his tantrums, against the Astros last May. Um, yeah. Looking back, you had a very good day. And probably got him a little ticked off. Man, I hated you then. Let’s just move along …
Anyway, happy 35th! All the best for a wonderful year ahead, both off and on the field.