In the first installment, Rodriguez introduces himself to readers, giving an idea of just how far he's come this year. Monday was a workout day for the Cardinals, with the Division Series against San Diego starting on Tuesday.
When I signed with Cleveland during the offseason, I was excited. They told me I had a chance to break camp with them. I did what I had to do during Spring Training, and they sent me down in the last week. It was heartbreaking, but it was another experience that I had to go through -- another path that God was putting me through. It was just a test to see if I could actually handle that situation.
I went to (Triple-A) Buffalo, and did what I had to do there, but I didn't really play that well because I had other things on my mind. It was tough, but God said, "You're not supposed to be here. One way or the other, something will happen." I thank God I got traded. That one month that I played in Memphis, I don't know if anybody has done that.
And then the callup, I wasn't expecting that either. I was new to the team, and you really don't know what to expect. I was in the Minor Leagues for eight years, seven of them in the Yankees system. I didn't get a chance there, and I started to think, "Maybe I might just be a Minor League player all my life." But I never gave up. I never gave up hope.
Getting the call, I was crying like a little baby. It was probably the happiest moment of my life. I got here and everybody welcomed me with open arms. I had a good start and a good finish. Hitting .295 isn't bad for a rookie. I helped the team, which is the most important thing. It was never a selfish thing. I wanted to do my job. I knew I wanted to help the team.
Now it's postseason time, and wow. Wow. We'll go Day 2 tomorrow.
John Rodriguez's diary appears as told to MLB.com reporter Matthew Leach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less