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Ankiel finally shines in playoffs

Congratulations to former Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel who hit a deciding homer in extra innings Friday night for the Braves.

Ankiel hit a ball out of the Giants' home park and into McCovey Cove in the 11th to send the series to Atlanta.

Of course, St. Louis fans remember Ankiel's disastrous performance in the 2000 playoffs which essentially ruined his career as a pitcher and started his transition to becoming an outfielder.

Ankiel was 0-for-2 as a hitter for the Cardinals in their 2009 post season sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. Both times he struck out.