Former Woodchuck Makes 1st All-Star Appearance

Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek is a first time All-Star, and you can see he is ear-to-ear all smiles.

Neshek is a former Wisconsin Woodchuck, playing with the Chucks in 2000.

He remembers his time in the Northwoods League, specifically Wausau, very fondly.

" It's nothing you can really prepare for.. at the time I really didn't know what the minor league was like but its the same as any minor league around in busses, 6 guys in a hotel room..its a rough life and I lived out in Mosinee and that really put me on a good path for my baseball career. It made me feel like a major leaguer.. at Butler in college we had about 10 people in the stands, mostly parents and you go there and people are buying beer and cheering for you and booing for you and i thought that was so cool and that was my first taste of real baseball," said Neshek.

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