"If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me?" Lynyrd Skynyrd asked. In the case of David Eckstein, I think most of Cardinal Nation would respond "**** yeah" and hold up their lighters.
David joined Kip Wells, Miguel Cairo, Russell Branyan, and Troy Percival in declaring free agency. A couple months ago, I was tipped off by a neighbor who works with David’s wife here in Hollyweird that David might be moving on. I didn’t post about it because I was hoping it wasn’t true, and I still hope the Cards can come to terms with David.
It’s true he may have been injury-prone recently, but nobody on the team better personifies the Cardinal spirit than the little Eckstein that could. I love his hustle. Many players today like to stand at the plate and admire their hits before running, but David charges up that line even after a walk. He’s a spark plug that ignites the team.