Seven years ago, some baseball fans thought Rick Ankiel would be the game's next great pitcher of our era.
He played for the St. Louis Cardinals — and, at 21, was good enough to start the first game of the playoffs in 2000. But he cracked, throwing five wild pitches in one inning. Ankiel was never the same after the experience, and he quit the game four years later.
But Ankiel eventually came back to the game and started over in the minor leagues. Ankiel worked hard and reinvented himself as an outfielder.
On Thursday night, he made his second major league debut with the Cardinals and hit a home run.
Rick Hummel, baseball columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, talks with Alex Chadwick.