Fan Favorite Back in Redbird Uniform

St. Louis Fan Favorite, Bo Hart, recently released by the Colorado Rockies organization, signed a minor-league free-agent deal with the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday. Bo started at third base for Memphis on Sunday.

Bo Hart became an instant fan favorite in St. Louis, in 2003 when he was recalled from Memphis in mid-June to fill in for the injured Miguel Cairo, who at the time was filling in for the injured Fernando Vina.

The Cardinals purchased Hart's contract on June 19th, 2003 and he went 2-for 3 in his first game, hitting a double in his first Major League at bat and then he proceeded to hit a two run triple in the fifth inning.

Hart went on to rack up 7 hits in his first 10 at bats for St. Louis and was batting .415 (28-for-68) through his first 15 games and by that time, his true grit and all out hustle had won the hearts of fans all across Cardinal Nation.

Hart finished the season with St. Louis hitting .277 and playing in 65 games at second base, committing only four errors, for a .989 fielding percentage.

The following season, Bo Hart was the everyday second baseman for Triple-A Memphis. He also played shortstop in 21 games to include the final 17 games of the season.

Bo appeared in only 11 games (3 starts) for the Cardinals in 2004, and the question "Where's Bo?" must have been asked at least a million times.

Hart, 29, is expected to see some playing time at second, short and third base for Memphis.

In 39 games for Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, Bo was hitting .252 with 1 HR and 6 RBI.

The opportunity for Bo to return to St. Louis for another chance to play with the Cardinals now seems remote, but Bo and the fans will always have the memories from 2003 and that ain't bad.

Bo played for three seasons with the 'Birds from 2003-05, hitting a combined .287 with 24 homers and 123 RBI.

Welcome back Bo.


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