The author of one of the most memorable moments in Cardinals history, and baseball history for that matter, is hanging up his cleats.
David Freese has announced his retirement from baseball.
Freese made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.
Freese played 11 seasons in the big leagues for the Cardinals, Angels, Pirates and Dodgers.
The St. Louis native and Lafayette grad came to the Cardinals in the trade for Jim Edmonds in 2007.
He holds a career .277 batting average with 113 home runs and 535 RBI. His last season in Los Angeles was one of his best. Freese hit .315 with a 1.002 OPS in 79 games for the Dodgers.
He'll always be remembered for his legendary 2011 postseason in St. Louis, though, and as one of the most clutch players in the history of the postseason.
Freese is a career .299 hitter in postseason play with 10 home runs in 36 RBI. His 21 RBI in the 2011 playoffs are still the most by any player ever.
His game-tying triple with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series and home run two innings later to win the game are among the greatest moments in baseball history.
In his tweet, Freese thanked all of the organizations he played for as he moves on to the next phase of his life.