FIVE QUESTIONS WITH … COREY DICKERSON
The Cardinals signed Corey Dickerson to a one-year, $5 million contract in the offseason to serve primarily as a left-handed-hitting option at DH. Dickerson, a nine-year veteran who has played for seven teams, is a career .283 hitter with 128 home runs and 416 RBIs. He grew up in McComb and Brookhaven, Miss., as a Cardinals fan. Here are five questions that might help you learn more about the 32-year-old Dickerson.
Who’s the best pitcher who you have homered against throughout your career?
“I thought it was really cool when I hit a home run off Josh Beckett when he was pitching in L.A. I grew up watching him when he was dominant. By then, he wasn’t the same as he was early in his career, but getting in the box I was like, ‘I’m really getting in the box to face Josh Beckett!’ So that was a cool moment for me. He threw me a two-seamer away, and it felt really good to hit it hard. That year, I started out pretty good and had a lot of confidence.”
What’s a hidden talent that you have that maybe nobody knows about?
“Drawing. I can pretty much look at anything and draw it. I wouldn’t say I’m great at drawing faces, but I can draw a lot of different things. For me, drawing is meditative. I have a few of my drawings hung up in my office, but I usually just keep them in my drawing pad. I show some people, but not many people know that I like to draw.”
I heard a story that Adam Wainwright would text you when you played for the Pirates and tell you that he admired you as a hitter. How much of an impact did that have on you, and does that happen often?
“Usually, you are just having conversations at the field. But with somebody as humble as [Wainwright] and as selfless as he is, for him to send a text, that really encouraged me. It’s amazing when somebody on that level really recognizes your talent.”
Has it dawned on you yet that you might someday find yourself in the lineup with Albert Pujols on one side of you, Yadier Molina on the other and Wainwright on the mound?
“I try to pick their brains as much as possible and watch everything they do. But at the same time, you have to understand that you’re on the same field as them and you have to perform with them and help them. It’s cool, because I grew up watching Pujols, Yadi and Waino star for the Cardinals. You just try to take it in as much as possible, because this is probably the last time for them.
Have you ever been starstruck by another Major League Baseball player? Who were you most excited about meeting when you got to the big leagues?
“For me, when I was coming up with the Rockies, it was Todd Helton. With all he accomplished and him being the face of the franchise so long, when I saw him walking around, he was a superstar to me, and I was almost afraid to approach him. But he was unbelievable to me.”