St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman (12) hits a three-run home run in the first inning in Game 1 of baseball's National League division series against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
(BaseballStL) -- Before signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, right fielder Lance Berkman had several teams interested in signing him to a contract, including the Texas Rangers.
At the time in January, Berkman had told a Houston radio station that he didn’t think the Rangers pitching would be able to hold up like it did last season when the team lost in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants.
Fast forward to the July trade deadline, the Rangers were possibly interested in trading for Berkman since the team’s right fielder Nelson Cruz was out with a hamstring injury and the Cardinals were on pace to miss the playoffs.
Nine months after Berkman’s initial comments, the Rangers and the Cardinals right fielder will finally be united...as opponents.
Berkman has since admitted to being wrong about the Rangers.