Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hard-Hitting Gant Giving Cards Their Money's Worth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hard-Hitting Gant Giving Cards Their Money's Worth

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No secret about why the Cardinals signed Ron Gant as a free agent last winter. He can hit the ball hard. Real hard.

They gave him millions of dollars, gave him a five-year contract, gave him a key spot in the batting order. They could have given him a world of burden, too.

But Gant has grown out of that. "In the past playoffs, I tried to do too much," Gant said. "I tried to be the guy who everyone could expect something from, and that didn't work. I just worked on being patient this time, doing what I was capable of doing and nothing else whenever I got up there to bat." Ah, but he misplayed what could have been a diving catch in left field into a run-scoring Padres double in Saturday's second inning. The run gave San Diego a 2-1 lead and, it seemed then, the momentum that could have brought the Padres all the way back from a 2-0 deficit in games in the Division Series. …

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