Patrick Simpson is an avid baseball fan and he happens to really like the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t always root for them though. As he was growing up, he temporarily aligned himself with their division rivals, the Chicago Cubs.
It was fairly easy for him to align with St. Louis in the early 2000’s, as they were close to home. He wanted to be different from the rest of his family who are mostly Cubs fans, except for his dad who is a Yankees fan. Ever since he became a Cardinals fan he has gotten to several great players, such as Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols, Matt Holiday, and Chris Carpenter, come and go.
He also mentioned that he was absolutely ecstatic when the Cardinals landed Matt Holiday after he helped the Colorado Rockies win the World Series the year before. “I though that he would be a really good addition to the Cardinals roster,” he said, grinning ear-to-ear, “When I saw that they made the Rockies an offer for him and got him, the rest was going to be history”.
Patrick is also really intrigued by the Cardinals’ farm system. “I have really taken a liking to Tyler O’Neill,” he said with a smile, “he’s a great power hitter, he absolutely kills the ball, and I think that he is going to be huge in the future for St. Louis”.
The one player he has deemed his favorite doesn’t set up shop in the outfield, infield, or even on the mound. He is the man behind the plate that wears a mask, has a cannon for an arm, and a bat of steel. He is Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
“I feel that he is the best catcher is baseball,” says Patrick, “He’s been my favorite player since about 2014, which was after my previous favorite player, pitcher Chris Carpenter retired, and he’s someone that you just want to watch because he has a great personality and he’s become a great ambassador for baseball”.
Patrick’s love for the sport drew him to the MLB video games such as 2K and The Show and he has played every MLB: The Show game from 2006-2015. “They give me the ability to play as my favorite team in all of my favorite stadiums,” he says admiringly, “I can also create a character that looks like me and play a season on my favorite team as well as participate in all of the events that happen during the all-star break, such as the ever popular Home Run Derby”.
When asked which MLB The Show game was his favorite, he didn’t take too long to respond. “Hands down it’s MLB 18: The Show because there are a lot of new features, the game has incorporated MLB Network as well as ESPN’s home run tracker, and the graphics are amazing because they make it look like it’s a real game”.
Whether it’s playing MLB: The Show or watching a game on TV, Patrick is a baseball fan and a Cardinals fan for life.