Ex-Yank Berkman played Cards right


When you are winning there may be no more rewarding team to be on in all of sports than the New York Yankees.

Lance Berkman doesn’t mind being an ex-Yankee, however, since he is currently with the St. Louis Cardinals who are playing the Texas Rangers in the World Series.

The Cards know a little something about winning, as well, chalking up 10 World Series titles in their rich history, second only to the Pinstripes 27 crowns.

Berkman basically had time for a cup of coffee and perhaps a bagel during his brief New York stay in 2010, hitting .255 with just a homer and nine RBI in 106 at-bats. Berkman made his mark with the Yanks in the ALDS when the self-nicknamed “Big Puma” homered during the Bombers series win over the Twins.

With 358 career homers and over 1,110 runs scored and RBI in his career, the long-time Houston Astros star is a big hitter, earning six trips to the All Star Game. Despite being squeezed out of a roster spot by the Yanks by first first baseman Mark Teixeira and DH Jorge Posada, you could say Berkman fit in pretty well in St. Loo.

With 31 homers, 94 RBI and a .301 batting average during the regular season the numbers don’t lie. Berkman hasn’t been great in the postseason but he knocked in four runs and crossed home plate eight times over the first two playoff series.

And one of the game’s good guys is in baseball’s biggest showcase. “Big Puma” will take it, for sure.