Cardinal Love Letters: Allen Craig

Dear Allen,

How are your first 10 days as a World Series champ? Are you missing baseball as much as we are already?

Of course, with so much to look back on, it’s not like I’m actually missing new games quite yet. And looking back on the World Series — you certainly had some big moments, didn’t you?

Did you know you had the highest slugging percentage on the team for the Series? Yep, it was .737 thanks to those three homers you hit, which tied for the team lead with — of course — Albert. You also drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals in four of the seven Series games.

The way you did that was pretty spectacular too. The pinch-hit RBI singles in games one and two, both off Alexi Ogando. The first one was incredible — the second could have been even more legendary if the Cards had been able to hold that lead. And while the story of game three was rightly Albert, you did hit the first homer of the night. Your eighth inning homer in game six also brought the Cardinals one more run closer at 7-5, which of course they needed at that moment.

Then there was game seven. Your homer in the third put the Cardinals up. Your catch robbed Nelson Cruz of a homer in the sixth. And you made the final catch that’s burned into our memories forever.

So while you made us adore you all the more with your clutch performances in October, we were already impressed by all you did in the regular season. Once your average reached .300 in May, it never went below that again — despite having to come back from injury and playing everywhere on the field but shortstop, catcher and pitcher. Love that versatility! And can’t wait to see what you’ll do in 2012.

Finally, how’s Torty? Hopefully he’s relaxing after all the attention he received recently. Yes, of course, that Rally Squirrel just took off, didn’t it? But I was always partial to Torty. And look at this — we at Aaron Miles’ Fastball mentioned your pet tortoise all the way back on April 18, and USA Today mentioned it back then also. (That’s where we found out.) So why’s everyone else so late to the party? Anyway, we miss his Twitter stories already.

Thanks for giving it your all this season, Allen. You, and Torty, won our hearts forever.



Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.

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