The wife of a former first-round Draft pick, daughter-in-law of a longtime Major League coach and mother to three baseball-playing boys, Belinda Garcia has spent much of her life surrounded by the sport. But while Greg Garcia, a utility infielder for the Cardinals, may have learned the sport from his grandfather and father, his mother's impact was equally as significant.
"I've always said that I think she was actually harder on me sports-wise than my dad was," Greg Garcia said. "My dad was always a softie. When I was in Little League, if I would get out, I would cry. Every time. It was unbelievable. And my dad would let me get away with it. But if I cried after a game, my mom would be like, 'Hey, stop crying.' She wouldn't take it.
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"But she was always very encouraging and was always there for me. She's just been such a big influence on my life. She's the best mom in the world, and I'm very lucky."
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.