Rasmus had an Edmonds kind of day at the plate in the Cardinals' 11-6 Opening Day win over the Reds, with a home run and a walk. But it was in the field that he truly channeled the former St. Louis great.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Scott Rolen hit a towering drive to left-center field at Great American Ball Park. Rasmus read it, tracked it, chased it to the wall, leapt and made the spectacular grab to rob Rolen of a home run. It was the first such theft of Rasmus' Major League career.
"When he first hit it, I definitely wasn't thinking it was out or anything like that," Rasmus said. "I was just running after it and trying to catch it. In my mind, I see the ball and I'm just running to catch it."
It was a play Rolen had seen before, in Cincinnati no less. Some of Edmonds' most spectacular plays took place at Great American Ball Park.
"I saw [Edmonds do it in] back-to-back innings," said Rolen. "It's a lot more fun on the other side. Those are tough when you get robbed."
The play saved a run for starter Chris Carpenter, and it turned out to be ace's last batter in an effective six-inning start. Carpenter wasn't worried when the ball left Rolen's bat, but by the time Rasmus caught it, he knew he might be in trouble.
"I didn't [think it was a home run], until it went as far as it did," Carpenter said.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less