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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:00 pm

As Andrew Reidt pulls on the navy blue jersey with the familiar red Cardinals logo on the chest, he accomplishes much more than simply dressing for a game.

For Reidt, who has just traveled from Missouri to Florida to begin a new journey, the simple act of putting on this particular uniform is a moment he’ll remember forever.

In fact, it’s a dream come true.

“It was surreal,” Reidt said of putting on his new jersey for the first time. “I had to sit down and soak it in for a minute.”

A 2010 graduate of Pacific High School, Reidt recently signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, fulfilling a goal that millions of kids only dream about.

The son of Anda and Keith Reidt has been in minor league camp in Jupiter, Fla., since being signed on June 18. And upon his arrival for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Reidt has been able to don the uniform of the team he’s loved his entire life.

Reidt reflected on the memorable moment he first pulled on his new uniform.

“Our jerseys are actual Cardinal jerseys, with the bird on the bat logo,” he said. “It really hit me when I took the mound for the first time in that jersey. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really part of the Cardinals organization.’ So putting that jersey on was crazy.”

So how did Reidt end up a minor league prospect in the Cardinals organization?

It happened fast. Reidt’s last game for Cameron University in Oklahoma was May 1 and soon after, he came home to Gray Summit for the summer. He then learned from his former St. Louis Community College coach that he could try out with a Cardinals scout on Tuesday, June 17.

After throwing for the scout, Reidt wasn’t sure what would happen next.

“I went to Washington later that night to umpire a game with my dad and when I got done I checked my phone and the scout had already gotten back to me,” Reidt said. “He told me they wanted to sign me and I needed to be in Florida by Friday. It was crazy.”

So only two days after his tryout, Reidt was on a plane to Florida. He’d earned a shot with his beloved Cardinals. He then reported to the franchise’s facility in Jupiter on Friday, June 20.

Getting a chance to pitch for any professional organization would have been nice, Reidt admitted. But a chance with the Cards? Reidt called it, “unbelievable.” He’s been a Cardinals fan for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve always loved the Cardinals,” he said. “I’ve been to a ton of games over the years and it’s a sweet experience being a member of the organization now.”

Anda Reidt said the entire family has been thrilled to see Drew get a shot with the Cardinals.

“Drew admitted it was like a dream to say he’s a St. Louis Cardinal,” Anda said. “He said he’d go anywhere to play, but with it being the Cardinals, it’s even more special. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Reidt made his pro debut last Friday, June 27, at Roger Dean Stadium against the Gulf Coast Mets.

He took the mound in the third inning and broke the bat of the first batter he faced. Reidt pitched two scoreless innings and faced eight batters in his team’s 7-3 win. He threw well, allowing just one hit while striking out two. He also hit one batter, but did not give up a run in the no-decision. And he was definitely ready to pitch after watching his new team’s first seven games without seeing any action.

“I was ready, I had started to get antsy,” Reidt said. “As soon as I got out there (on the mound), I was kind of taking everything in during my warm-up pitches. It was pretty special when I was warming up, but then I locked in once there was a batter in the box. Then it felt like any other game.”

Reidt picked up his first professional victory on Monday, June 30, against the Gulf Coast Marlins. He threw two innings, allowed one run and struck out two.

Pitching for the Cardinals was something Reidt used to dream about during his stellar prep career at Pacific. Jeff Reed coached Reidt at the high school level and said he wasn’t surprised the Cardinals would give Reidt a shot.

“We always thought he had a shot because of his height and his body type,” Reed said of the 6-6, 210-pound right-handed Reidt. “It’s not surprising to me that a team would take a chance on him. He’s got size. I just hope he works hard down there and shows them that he can play at that level.”

If you ask Reidt, that’s the plan.

Reidt said he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure his career with the Cardinals isn’t a short one.

“It’s awesome just to have this opportunity, but I’m going to work my tail off down here and do my best when they give me the ball,” he said. “All I can do is work my hardest and see what happens.”

And for now, Reidt will continue to pull on that familiar jersey with the Cardinals logo on the chest, living his dream for as long as he can.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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