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Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 2:09 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

You don't have to tell Rick Ankiel that it's his first game back in St. Louis as an opposing player. Ankiel is so aware of the fact that he actually took out an ad in Wednesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch thanking Cardinals fans for their "support and cheers over the years."

Here's a picture of the ad from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

Rick Ankiel

Ankiel said he remembered when Jim Edmonds did the same thing in his first game back in St. Louis in 2008 when he was a member of the Cubs.

"Remembering that, I was like, 'Man, what a good idea, and what a great way to give my appreciation,'" Ankiel told the Post. "I made some phone calls and made it happen."

Ankiel was the team's second-round pick in 1997 and was in the big leagues just two years later at age 19 as a reliever. In 2000 he was a starter and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting before losing his control, throwing nine wild pitches in four innings in the 2000 playoffs. He continued to struggle until he ultimately came back as a full-time hitter in 2007 and then he hit 35 home runs in 2008 as a full-time outfielder.

He left following the 2009 season, spending last season in Kansas City and Atlanta before signing with the Nationals as a free agent this offseason.

Like most former Cardinals, he will be greeted warmly by Cardinals fans even though he's wearing another uniform, but now the fans have even more reason to do so.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:48 am

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:55 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:56 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

No one told Rick Ankiel to do this it just shows the Cardinal and Nationals fan what a class act this man is. I wished a lot more Athletes would show some class and do things like this it just validates the the fans belief that there is still some athletes that are not all jerks.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:59 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

I was blessed to see Rick pitch 7 innings in Houston as a starter in 2000. He had 11Ks and Jeff Bagwell complimented him on his hitting in next morning's paper.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:48 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

Total class act. Too bad he wasn't pitching for the Cards today.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:11 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

Finally a guy showing some class instead of doing something stupid...and kudos to the media for actually having a story about it.  I always liked his story of coming back as a position player, and I wish Rick nothing but success going forward.

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:07 pm

Ankiel thanks Cardinal fans

We always knew Rick Ankiel was a class act and diligent, exciting competitor.  Yes, I applaud you today Rick.  Once.  I hope the Nationals appreciate your skills and effort.

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