While he was busy making a name for himself on the ice around Oakville, a young Patrick Maroon was also enjoying life cheering for his hometown baseball team.
“I grew up a Cardinals fan my whole life,” said Maroon, who was one of the St. Louis Blues to bring the Stanley Cup to Busch Stadium on Wednesday night. “Back in the day it would be Mark McGwire. Rick Ankiel, obviously he was a big-time guy. For me, when the Series was going in ’06 when they won Pujols, Yadi, Waino. You could go down the list of so many good players that we had. It’s just been a privilege and honor just to hang out with those guys and to keep in contact with those guys now and just enjoy this moment with them.”
Maroon has scored some big goals in his career–including the game winner in double overtime of Game 7 in the second round against Dallas, but that ability never translated to home runs on the baseball field.
“No, I can’t,” laughed Maroon, who planned to take a few swings in the cage before the Cardinals game. “I did BP with the Anaheim Angels when I was playing with the Ducks and I don’t think I even got it out of the infield. 6’3, 230 pounds and can’t even hit the ball, hopefully I can do it this time around.”
Signed as a free agent last July by the Blues, Maroon finds himself in a similar situation again this offseason. He is certain to receive a raise from the $1.75 million he earned last season, which depending on how many other teams get involved could price him out of what the Blues have room for in their budget. But the top choice is to remain with St. Louis.
“Yeah, that’s the goal–to stay here moving forward,” Maroon confirmed. “We talked and both sides are going to see options right now and see what’s best. But we’ve talked and we know it’s at board, so I’m just going to keep it like that. We had a good relationship and we’re going to continue to have a good relationship. We all want–obviously, after you win a Stanley Cup you know the guys and the faces, you want to come back. But it’s the nature of the beast, you never know what’s going to happen in this game. Same with baseball. You never know, you could end up somewhere the following year. But I had a fun year, a really good year. I’m just going to enjoy my time, enjoy my summer and just let free agency come to me.”
As for his celebration with the Stanley Cup, that is also up in the air.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” Maroon said. “People are trying to pull me in so many directions. I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family, just so we really enjoy it. You only get a certain amount of time with it, so I’m going to find ways to make sure my family and me really enjoy it.”
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