Jay Happy To Be On Center Stage

(St. Louis, MO) -- Eight former Springfield Cardinals are on the St. Louis 25-man World Series roster.

All have contributed, including a familiar face in centerfield -- Jon Jay's having a blast in this his first World Series experience.

"I'm blessed to be in this position," he said. "Not a lot of guys get to say they've gone to the World Series or played in the World Series, that's the first thing. I'm trying to enjoy every second of it."

The 26-year old started the season as a role player, coming off the bench, but grabbed the starting centerfield job when the Cards traded Colby Rasmus to Toronto in late July.

"I tried to work hard every day," Jay said. "And I think it's something that you notice with the whole bench. Daniel Descalso filled in and did a great job earlier in the year. Allen Craig has done the same. I think we push each other to do extra work to stay sharp. So that when you're name is called you don't miss a beat so you can take advantage of these opportunities."

Jay spent 2008 patrolling center at Hammons Field where he hit .306. Fast forward four seasons and he's batting .297 with a career high 10 homers and 37 RBI.

Springfield fans may not recognize Jay who hasn't cut his hair since the Cards started their playoff run.

"I used to grow out my hair in high school, and even in 09 I grew it out," said Jay. "I just wanted to change it up."

 "Don't change now because it's winning," said Dan Lucy. 

 "It'll stay for a little bit,." said Jay.

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