KANSAS CITY, Mo. David Freese tries not to think about the entertaining, exhilarating ride his career has taken him in the past year because that would be too much. This is all still fresh, and he doesn't want the dream to end.
Just look at him Monday afternoon, wearing a large grin as he sits behind a table at Arrowhead Stadium speaking about his first All-Star Game appearance. He talks about focusing on the future rather than the past. Admittedly, though, that task is hard for him.
Why wouldn't it be? After all, he's a postseason hero now. He's a hometown star whose Game 6 dramatics stunned the Texas Rangers last fall and allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to win their 11th World Series championship in a classic seven-game memory. He's a rising star in his fourth major-league season and someone who's only beginning to discover where his talent could lead.
"I'm always striving," Freese says. "I think that's what you've got to do. The World Series was great coming back from 10 ...