A clubby who lives off tips and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals -- who make maybe $1,600 a month -- ate like royalty Thursday night, courtesy of Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina, who sprung for steaks and lobster for the club's post-game meal.
The St. Louis Cardinals All-Star could return to the big-league lineup tonight at Busch Stadium, but his past three days at Hammons Field won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Certainly, it won't be forgotten by last night's starting pitcher, Corey Baker, who was drafted 1,490th overall in 2011 in a round (49) that doesn't exist anymore. "This will be a first, and hopefully not a last," a grinning Baker said of the meal. "If I ever make it — and obviously you don't ever want to get hurt and go on a rehab assignment — but if you ever find yourself back down there, definitely take care of those guys."
Note that Baker was pitching on only three days of rest, and was just summoned a few days ago from the high Class A Florida State League. The closest he'd get to Yadi, in reality, was by walking by him in spring training. Read more of Yadi's Thursday game here.
Here's a one-stop shop recap of links:
VIDEO: Of Molina's Thursday night post-game interview. Watch until the end when he talks about wanting to be a part of the Double-A club and not forgetting the little guys.
THURSDAY'S GAME: Molina has played more than 1,300 games in the big leagues and says he's ready for more. Even better, his battery mate last night was Corey Baker, who was drafted 1,490th overall in 2011 in a round that doesn't exist anymore (49). Check out his reaction in the first few graphs of our game story.
MO SPEAKS: The St. Louis Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak, was in town, too. Here's our Q&A with Mo.
TUESDAY: Yadi's arrival, including photos of his afternoon workout at Hammons Field.