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Central Pennsylvanian Tries To Stop The Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman grew up watching the Pirates, now he's trying to defeat them.
PHILIPSBURG, CENTRE COUNTY - There's at least one family in Central Pennsylvania that will be pulling for a St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Pirates Monday afternoon.

The reason is understandable, a member of that family, 25-year old Matt Adams plays first base for the Cardinals.

"I called him before the series," said Doug Sankey, Adams' former high-school baseball coach at Phlipsburg Osceola High School. "I just told him relaxation and concentration."

Sankey's former coach said although he realized Adams had talent, he didn't immediately think he'd end up in Major League Baseball.

"People always ask me, 'Was he a can't miss player?'" he said. "And he wasn't at the time, he played on a lot of good teams."

Slowly but surely, Sankey noticed a flash of what was to come. The game winning hits were more plentiful, but Sankey said Adams never lost his sense of self.

"Matt's a very humble guy," he said. "He's a modest kid and a great team player, that never changed."

His parents often try to make the trip to Pittsburgh to see him play when the Cardinals play at PNC Field, but these trips take on a completely different meaning as the Pirates try to close the deal to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Adams' hometown has enjoyed watching his ascent to Major League Baseball.

In July, the State College Spikes, a Cardinals affiliate, decided to pass out Matt Adams bobble-heads to honor his success.

Although still celebrated in Central PA, Adams and the Cardinals are now the only thing standing between Pirates and NLCS.


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