Let’s face it.
New St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman will always be first and foremost a Houston Astro. He doesn’t have enough years remaining in his body to perform the quantity of feats on the baseball field to overcome his countless successes achieved during his dozen seasons leading the Houston nine.
The 35-year-old homered for the third straight game in the Cardinals’ just-completed series at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, as the visitors took two of three. Berkman has five homers in his last four games at his old home this season and has gone deep in four of the last six games. The switch-hitter already has 15 homers in 2011, compared to 14 in all of 2010.
He could earn the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award solely based on his performance in Houston. Berkman is hitting .480 with five home runs and 12 RBI in his six games in his old stomping grounds this season.
Houston Chronicle beat writer Richard Justice interviewed Berkman, in a must-read piece. Berkman, in his typical manner, did not pull any punches about what has gone wrong with the Astros.
When asked about the Cardinals, the outfielder said this.
“Absolutely, a winning culture, no doubt about it.”
He acknowledged the Astros had it, too, in the mid-2000s, but let it get away.
Houston’s loss is clearly St. Louis’ gain.