(BaseballSTL) -- It’s the unfortunate reality in this world that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It’s all about what have you done lately. And while Cardinals third baseman - I mean FORMER Cardinals third baseman - David Freese was the hero of the 2011 World Series, it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot on the team past 2013.
GM John Mozeliak traded him to Anaheim on Friday, sending him back to the state of his original team. Freese was drafted by the Padres back in 2006 before getting dealt to St. Louis for Jim Edmonds after the 2007 season.
But after a great run as a Cardinal, his time has finally come to an end.
“My time in St. Louis has been awesome,” Freese said in a conference call from Anaheim. “To be a Padre was great and then to randomly get brought home by (John Mozeliak in his first deal) it was kind of heaven on earth. We had some great runs. We did some exceptional things and we won a World Series. You can call this a fresh start. You just close this chapter and move on.”
Freese says he’ll always call St. Louis his home and he can’t wait to throw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium when he’s 60 years old.