(BaseballStL) - When you're the NLCS MVP barely over a year out of college it's natural for a fan base to put unrealistic expectations on you. It's also natural for there to be a lot of attention as well.
Welcome to Michael Wacha's life.
"I'm seeing (Wacha) shirts all over the place," manage Mike Matheny quipped.
But how will that affect the Texas A&M alum? He's said in the past he can't get caught up in the expectations others place on him. And it's that type of attitude that gets the Cardinals attention.
"(Wacha) has a maturity to him, especially for as young as he is, to handle that distraction because (the attention) can be a distraction," Matheny said. "I don't think he's buying into all the hype. I think he realizes he has something to prove every time he toes the rubber and kind of has an edge about that's a priority,"
Wacha takes the ball today against the Mets in his first appearance of spring. He'll go 2-3 innings with a limit or 40-45 pitches.