David Freese was never a household name, but he is still well-loved by fans of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Today, the former Cardinals third baseman is celebrating a special day.
Freese is turning 40 years old.
Freese’s story is a unique one, as he grew up in St. Louis and cheered for the Cardinals as a kid.
He was drafted by the San Diego Padres but came over to St. Louis in the Jim Edmonds trade.
The Cardinals legend will forever be known for his breakout performance in the 2011 postseason, specifically Game 6 of the World Series.
On Twitter, Jim Hayes of Bally Sports Midwest wished the St. Louis native a happy birthday.
Happy birthday David Freese. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/h7rpBjcBXM
— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnBallyTV) April 28, 2023
Freese made his MLB debut in 2009 and earned the starting third base job the next year.
He earned NLCS and World Series MVP honors in 2011.
In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, he came to the plate with the Cardinals one out away from elimination.
In that at-bat, the Texas Rangers even moved to within a strike of winning their first title.
However, Freese tripled to tie the game, and after the Cards fought back to tie the game in the 10th inning, Freese capped off their comeback with a walk-off home run to force Game 7.
The third baseman was an All-Star in 2012 and helped guide the Cardinals back to the postseason.
He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels prior to the 2014 season and reunited with Albert Pujols.
Freese also made brief stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring after the 2019 season.NEXT: Cardinals Legend Is Celebrating A Special Day Today