Eckstein Keeps on Going

David Eckstein

If I had to list my 10 favorite Gators of all-time, David Eckstein would have to make the list. No player ever got more out of his abilities than "Eck" who saw his first meaningful playing time as an injury fill-in at the 1994 NCAA Regional in Miami.

David Eckstein went on to a superb Gator career and he is still high on the Gator career list in a number of categories:

Hits 276 #2
Runs 222 #3
Doubles 51 #4
Stolen Bases 93 #2
Assists 675 #1

Eckstein was a 19th round pick in the 1997 draft by the Boston Red Sox who eventually released the undersized infielder.

Big mistake.

Eckstein went on to play four years with the Anaheim Angels, winning the World Series in 2002. In 2005 he signed with St. Louis as a free agent and a year later was back on a World Series winner, this time earning MVP honors. He just finished the 2009 season with the San Diego Padres and has signed with the Padres for another season, which will be his 10th in the big leagues.

Last week I had the chance to have Eckstein on my Gainesville radio program and wanted to share it with you guys.



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