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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.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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