Rookie outfielder John Rodriguez wasn't even in the Cardinals organization until midseason, and even after a trade to St. Louis he wasn't on the 40-man roster. Yet an amazing month at Triple-A Memphis, combined with injuries on St. Louis' big league squad, led to an opportunity for Rodriguez to play in the Majors for the first time. Rodriguez is checking in with MLB.com throughout the playoffs to share his experiences with readers in his first taste of the Major League playoffs.
Rodriguez drove in the Cardinals' only run in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, which was the final game of the season.
It's the end of a great run. I just want to say to all the fans, I had fun while I was here. Hopefully they give me a chance next year. I'll definitely try my hardest to be either one of the starters or one of the guys on the bench again in the new stadium.
I had fun. I had a lot of fun. It's kind of hard right now, but I definitely enjoyed myself.
Now, in the offseason, I'll hang out with the family for a little bit. And then in maybe late November, I'll go play baseball in Puerto Rico. I can't just sit around. I get bored easily.
And that's it. I'll get ready for Spring Training next year.
John Rodriguez's diary appears as told to MLB.com reporter Matthew Leach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.