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May 6, 2022

Rick Hummel shares a wrap-up of the 2022 Spring Training for the Cardinals. Plus he shares his conversation with Albert Pujols and his concerns about returning to the Cardinals and how he'll be received by the club. 

Hear about the misunderstanding that started Rick's relationship with Lou Brock on the wrong foot and how they resolved it and built a great relationship.

There are so many great insider stories about the Cardinals in this episode.


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