ST. LOUIS -- Kyle McClellan called in a favor.
Shortly after he signed the only baseball contract he's ever had with a team not named the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-handed reliever who wears that recognizable red beard searched the Texas Rangers' schedule until his eyes found a three-game series in late June.
"I saw that I was going to have a chance to come back home," McClellan told FOXSportsMidwest.com on Wednesday. "To be home, to stay at my house, see my family and, on top of that, come back and see teammates, the staff and all the people that made my time there so enjoyable, it's always going to be exciting."
Even more exciting if there could be a special touch, a chance to introduce his new Texas teammates to his favorite barbecue.
"I talked to Jerry, in the visiting clubhouse, to see if we could get Pappy's one day," McClellan confessed.
The request for a Pappy's Smokehouse spread, filed to Jerry Risch, the longtime manager of the visiting clubhouse at Busch Stadium,...