Rick Ankiel was back on a Major League Baseball mound for the first since he retired from the game in 2013. He didn’t throw it to the back stop, but his former catcher Mike Matheny did save a ball in dirt.
Even if you weren’t among the packed house at Busch Stadium on that fateful October day, it’s more than likely you know the Rick Ankiel story. Or think you do. One of the game’s top prospects–the next Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson, the arm that was going to carry the St. Louis Cardinals to greatness, it all fell apart as pitch after pitch sailed to the backstop.
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