WATCH: Ted Simmons finally able to let go of anxiety as he puts on HOF jersey

The former Cardinals catcher explained how the emotions flowed out of him like "Niagara Falls" when he finally got the call that he was going to the Hall of Fame.

Sam Masterson
December 10, 2019 - 3:52 pm

SAN DIEGO (KMOX) - Ted Simmons had waited a long time for a phone call that finally came, just about an hour before the public announcement was made, that the former St. Louis Cardinals catcher was going to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. 

The man they call Simba, says he and his wife were waiting for the phone call. He tried to describe what it felt like to wait, as long as he did knowing his career numbers ranked among the best catchers to ever play the game.

"The anxiety begins about a month ago and then just start building and then before long it's preoccupied pretty much every thought you've got. It just keeps building," Simmons says. "And then finally it just kind of releases itself when the phone call finally comes and they say, 'Welcome as the newest and latest member as Cooperstown's Hall of Fame.' 

"It's like all the anxiety just, it's like Niagara Falls. Just relief."

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