"It's cool to be recognized with all those other guys," Rosenthal said. "I know how great of people they are from getting to know them and hearing other people talk about their accomplishments. That's probably one of the coolest things. It's a good feeling. I'm just trying to represent it well."
The Cardinals have leaned on Rosenthal for many high-pressure situations in big games this season, something the right-hander believes he's accustomed to after being thrown into the fire as a rookie last season. He pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the postseason with just 22 2/3 innings of big league experience under his belt.
"I actually had an opportunity to pitch quite a bit in the playoffs, where throughout September I didn't even know if I was going to be on the roster," Rosenthal said. "I think that helped a lot. Definitely now it makes you shy away from the nervousness of getting in the game to more of an adrenaline rush and more excitement about having an opportunity to pitch in those situations."
Rosenthal will have a different sort of distraction diverting his focus Wednesday, as he and his wife, Lindsey, prepare to welcome their first child on Thursday. She is scheduled to be induced for labor Wednesday night after the game, and they're are expecting a baby girl sometime Thursday morning.
"Never know how long it's going to take, so we're just kind of playing it by ear and whatever happens, happens," he said. "It's definitely going to be life-changing from talking to other dads on the team. It's something you can't really prepare for, and I'm excited. I can't wait to be a dad."
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.