You know those guys that are naturally good at sports? They’re just like me and you…except they’re tall, in shape, super coordinated and rarely trip while walking.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is one of those guys. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, he’s blessed with the type of physique and natural athletic ability to make it far in baseball, which he has.
And he might’ve made it far in hockey as well.
Carpenter skated with the St. Louis Blues this afternoon, just six days after being the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
According to NHL.com, Carpenter has a pretty rich hockey history:
When he was 16, Carpenter was an all-state defenseman for Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H. He was an all-stater his last three seasons in high school, and scouts from the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were checking to see if he had an interest in pursuing hockey on a full-time basis.
Carpenter chose baseball instead.
“It was always a dream to do that (play hockey), but I think I chose the right route,” said Carpenter, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 15 pick in 1993. “Hockey made you much tougher, I know that. Growing up playing hockey made me much tougher than baseball would have. It’s a tougher sport, funner sport. I enjoy it a lot.”
The Blues certainly enjoyed having Carpenter at practice. Injured forward David Perron was tweeting up a storm, informing followers that Carpenter was “snapping pucks around” and that “his baseball skills came out when he batted one out of the air in the net.”
Here’s video of Carpenter during today’s skate:
So yeah, Chris Carpenter is pretty good at baseball and hockey. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled not being good at any sports.