Newly acquired St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos called into Hot Stove on the MLB Network this morning. After listening to the phone interview with today’s Hot Stove co-hosts Paul Severino and Bill Ripken, I’m even more excited about the recent trade between the Cards and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
When asked how he found out about the trade, Bourjos said that he was working out when he got a couple phone calls and didn’t recognize the phone numbers.
“I was really excited to hear about the news,” Bourjos said on being traded. Regarding the rumors, he told Severino and Ripken that he just tries to ignore them and realizes that it’s just a part of the business.
The update on his wrist is that it is doing really good and he will start swinging the bat next week after Thanksgiving.
“I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Bourjos said. He added that the team will catch up with him after the holiday.
Bourjos reacted to the signing of Jhonny Peralta in saying that he is excited to be on the same team as him.
Not surpisingly, the new Cardinals outfielder is “extremely glad” that he will not have to face the power arms in the rotation and bullpen.
“It’s really exciting,” he said about joining a team that went deep in the postseason. “They’ve got a great young team.”
Bourjos believes that they can win a World Series.
He grew up playing soccer and started focusing on baseball as a freshman in high school.
He likes to play shallow in the outfield rather than deep. This will make for those Jim Edmonds-esque plays in the outfield that the Cardinals fans love to watch.