FSN Midwest profiles four members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization who grew up in the St. Louis area – Cardinals Jason Isringhausen and Kyle McClellan and Memphis Redbirds Cliff Politte and David Freese – in Spotlight: Hometown Cardinals, a 30-minute special premiering Thursday, May 8. Spotlight: Hometown Cardinals talks to the four players about their journey from fans in Cardinal Nation to the upper levels of the Cardinals organization.
Isringhausen grew up in Brighton, IL and is St. Louis’ all-time saves leader. McClellan graduated from Hazelwood West High School in 2002 and rose to the majors this season to make an immediate impact in the Cardinals bullpen. Politte, a Vianney High Schgool graduate, was drafted in 1995 and played for St. Louis in 1998. He rejoined the organization as a minor league free agent in December and is currently at Triple-A Memphis. Freese, a Lafayette grad, was drafted by the Padres and traded to the Cardinals for Jim Edmonds in December. Freese is hitting .283 with four home runs for Memphis.
Spotlight: Hometown Cardinals debuts Thursday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m., immediately prior to Cardinals-Rockies pre-game coverage on FSN Midwest. It replays Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. and several times throughout the month. FSN Midwest’s Pat Parris hosts.
Air dates for Spotlight: Hometown Cardinals on FSN Midwest (all times Central)
Thursday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m.
Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 25 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.
To view the opening segment of the show, click here: link to MySpace
Exclusively for Scout.com subscribers, video previews are offered from the Spotlight segments on each of the four featured players:
- Jason Isringhausen on Cardinals memories as a kid: Watch Video
- David Freese on being traded to St. Louis: Watch Video
- Cliff Politte on being back with the Cards: Watch Video
- Kyle McClellan on going to Busch Stadium as a youngster: Watch Video
All video footage courtesy of FSN Midwest.
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