MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Down to their last out and behind in the game, St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman David Freese brought his hometown fans to their feet.
It was a proud moment for St. Louis, but also a proud moment for many here along the Gulf Coast. While Freese is most well-known for his professional career, he's also known for his college one. Freese played in Mobile at the University of South Alabama. Former baseball coach Steve Kittrell said he's doing now what he's always done.
"You know, in the big games he stepped up and delivered that big hit when you needed him. You never know how it's going to translate to pro ball, but certainly, he's made the adjustments. Looks like he's on the way to becoming a big star," said Kittrell.
Kittrell said Freese is a difference-maker. Freese played for two years at South, both his junior and senior years. He had a career batting average of .395, and in his senior year, he led the team with 12 home runs.
Freese was drafted in 2006 and made his major league debut in 2009. Now, just two years later, he's making an difference at a whole different level.
"I tell you what, we're just having a ball - my wife and I - watching him play. We're on the edge of our seats. He dropped that pop up, and I was afraid he might get remembered for that. I was happy he had a chance to redeem himself, and I hope it's a story book ending," Kittrell said.
Kittrell said his former player is one of the best hitters he's ever coached.
"You're a lot better coach when you have a guy like him in the field playing for you," said Kittrell.
Kittrell will be once again sitting on the edge of his seat for the final game, hoping the former Jaguar, now Cardinal, will get to experience what it's like to be a world champion.
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