Cardinals shortstop leading the charge

Originally Published: October 26, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- David Eckstein is so small, frail and innocent-looking, Madonna might try to adopt him any day now.

Then you see him gritting his teeth through the aches and pains, fouling off tough pitches and laying out for balls in the hole, and it's evident just how consumed he is with making sure he wins and you lose. There's nothing particularly warm and fuzzy about that.

Eckstein's St. Louis teammates know he's a walking question mark these days. After missing a month with a ...

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