ST. LOUIS -- Shelley Duncan was around the old Busch Stadium just about every summer before he was drafted in 2001. He was in St. Louis the summer Mark McGwire chased home run No. 62 and for all of the Cardinals' World Series games in 2004.
"Whole lot of time here," Duncan said while reminiscing before Friday's opener against the Redbirds.
Duncan's father, Dave Duncan, served as the Cardinals' pitching coach from 1995-2011. And Shelley's brother, Chris, was drafted by the Cardinals with a first-round pick in 2009 and played in St. Louis from 2005-09.
This weekend marks a bit of homecoming for Shelley, as he will be spending time with his parents, Jeanine and Chris, who co-host a popular St. Louis sports talk radio show. Shelley said he went out to dinner with his family on Thursday night and made an appearance on Chris' radio show before Friday's game.
"Of course," Duncan said when asked if Chris had given him a hard time on the show. "I tried to dish it back a little bit."