WATCH: Top Cards prospects, long-time best friends face-off in live batting practice

They used to ride their bikes 3-4 miles to baseball camps as kids – now they drive together to Cardinals Spring Training.

Sam Masterson
February 17, 2020 - 5:51 pm
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JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - The "whole best friends things" is getting played up pretty high by the St. Louis Cardinals, as Matthew Liberatore and Nolan Gorman faced off in against each other on the first day of live batting practice Monday. 

Liberatore seemed to get the better of Gorman in a few at bats, as Gorman, 19, swung at the first four pitches he saw off the 20-year-old. They ripped each other after the last pitch, as Gorman hit a fly ball to right field. 

"Hey, wind is blowing in," Gorman shouted toward the mound. 

"Yeah, you wish," Liberatore replied. 

You can watch more of them facing off here: 

Liberatore says they are staying in an apartment together, also with 22-year-old prospect Luken Baken. He said one day they stepped out of the car and said he picked up the scent of fresh manure. He's not sure if it was all in his head, or not because it was the same smell he recognized from years of going to a youth baseball camp called Big League Dreams in Arizona with Gorman.

"Every morning you get out of car and it smells like manure because there are farmlands all around," Liberatore says. "We'd blast "Tic Tok" by Kesha on the way there every day." 

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