Cardinals rookie pitcher Wacha gets taste of fame

Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:43pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

BOSTON (Reuters) - Michael Wacha is discovering that the taste of fame comes in many different flavors.

His life has been turned upside down since his meteoric rise in Major League Baseball (MLB) this season, to the point that even routine activities can become surreal.

Last year, Wacha was like any other baseball wanna-be plying his trade in the college ranks while hoping for a breakthrough to the majors.

Now, the 22-year-old rookie is one of the hottest young pitchers in the game, preparing to take the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox later on Thursday.

"I'm just trying not to think too much about it, just trying to approach every game the same," he told reporters.

"(I'm) trying not to get too caught up in the moment. I'm sure after the season I'll be able to look back and think about, hey, I pitched in the World Series and that kind of stuff."

Wacha's promotion to the number two spot in the Cardinals' pitching rotation has been as spectacular as it has been rapid.

The right-hander was drafted by the Cardinals last year when St. Louis were given the 19th pick after trading Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels.   Continued...

Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha holds the series MVP trophy after game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports