With the St. Louis Cardinals currently at Tropicana Field playing the Tampa Bay Rays, right-hander Miles Mikolas has been given a chance to teach media members an important lesson about stingrays.
It sounds crazy, but Mikolas is avid fisherman and is therefore an expert on the subject.
Tropicana Field also has an aquarium at the ballpark, which features a pool full of stingrays.
Prior to the first pitch of Wednesday’s game, Mikolas was out by the pool observing the majestic sea creatures.
The veteran even gave the crew of Bally Sports Midwest a lesson on stingrays.
The video can be found in the tweet below.
Florida native Miles Mikolas teaches @TheCatOnBallyTV about rays and cartilaginous fish. 🎣
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) August 9, 2023
Mikolas is a Florida native and knows a lot about these creatures.
He revealed the four basic groups of stingrays to reporter Jim Hayes.
The gray stingrays generally hang out towards the bottom of the water.
There are also cow-nosed stingrays, spotted eagle stingrays, and manta rays.
Mikolas says that the spotted eagle rays are the most interesting because they tend to be free swimmers.
Manta rays are typically seen during the spring on the East Coast.
Mikolas, of course, knows all of this because he often times spends his offseasons fishing with fellow Florida native and former Cardinals fan-favorite Rick Ankiel, who is also an expert on such matters.
The right-hander says he has learned a lot from Ankiel on the subject of fishing when he takes the former Cardinals pitcher and outfielder out on the boat.NEXT: Cardinals Starter Discusses His Recent Upward Trend