With two weeks having passed since Scott Rolen became the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the baseball world is mostly ecstatic to see the longtime third baseman earn his spot.
Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are especially pleased to see one of their favorites elected to Cooperstown.
Rolen’s career was full of great moments.
He could come through in key spots with both his offense and his defense, especially in moments during the postseason.
On Twitter, a fan posted a video of Rolen’s first career World Series home run back in 2006.
10/21/2006: Scott Rolen tied up Game 1 of the #WorldSeries with this solo home run. #STLCards (via MLB) @C70 @vivaelbirdos pic.twitter.com/ZoSwJ4AL0P
— MLB Daily Dingers (@MLBDailyDingers) February 6, 2023
St. Louis had fallen into an early 1-0 hole against the Detroit Tigers in the opening game, but Rolen took Justin Verlander deep to tie the game.
Though David Eckstein was ultimately named the MVP of that World Series, Rolen did not disappoint.
In fact, Rolen hit .421 in the series after having only reached base once in the 2004 series.
This home run snapped Rolen’s 0-for-15 World Series slump.
The Cardinals would go on to win the World Series over the Tigers in five games, with Adam Wainwright closing out the final game, and Rolen officially earning his first World Series ring.
But it all started with this home run.
The Cardinals bats got going, and Rolen never looked back, posting some elite World Series stats.
17 years later, the star third baseman is headed to Cooperstown after an extremely successful career in which he won eight Gold Gloves, a Rookie of the Year Award, and earned seven All-Star selections.NEXT: Tyler O'Neill Is Ready To Go For 2023