But, Eckstein is about a lot more than just scrappiness. Tony La Russa calling Eckstein the toughest player he has ever managed is a tremendous compliment, especially when you consider the thousands of players the Cardinals skipper has seen in his 28 years in the major leagues.
I sat down with Eckstein the other day to discuss his year two as a Cardinal, his various second base partners, his impressions of the new Busch, some interesting home-road and runners in scoring position splits and more, much more. As a special bonus, only here can you hear Albert Pujols serenading So Taguchi. Honest!
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