DeJong, Bader explain the 'game-changing' experience they get from Hall of Famers

Paul DeJong describes it as the passing of a baton, like how Carpenter showed Wainwright the way and now he's doing it for Flaherty and Hudson.

Sam Masterson
February 20, 2020 - 8:34 am

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Although Ozzie Smith, Jose Oquendo, Willie McGee and Chris Carpenter have all become regulars at St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training – some because they're on staff and others because they just love it – current players aren't taking a second of being in their presence for granted. 

Shortstop Paul DeJong and centerfielder Harrison Bader spoke about just what those Cardinals Hall of Famers mean to them. 

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When describing what McGee's ability to pass along his knowledge, Bader used the analogy of someone being a "ribeye," meaning there's always that 20% fat that you don't need. 

"With Willie it's just 100% all meat, there's just nothing you need to kind of take off or let pass through," Bader says. 

And DeJong called it "a dream come true" to take ground balls with Smith on a daily basis in Jupiter.

"It’s a-one-of-a-kind experience. This organization really values it’s history, and we current players value that as well," DeJong says. 

Take a listen to more from DeJong on this week's Cardinals Countdown to Opening Day show on KMOX last night: 

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