ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Jackson hadn't heard.
The praise, bestowed by St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak before a Cardinals game last week, took its sweet time getting down to Memphis.
Mozeliak had been sitting in the Cardinals' dugout when the subject turned to Jackson. The utility infielder currently playing for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis has been great at the plate this season, so much so that he's forcing himself into the Redbirds' lineup -- as well as back onto the Cardinals' radar.
"He's having just an outstanding offensive year," Mozeliak said at the time. "I think, in Jackson's case, playing him everywhere right now is most important. His value continues to grow as he continues to hit. It's good to see."
That quote didn't hit Jackson's ears until he chatted with me Tuesday afternoon.
"That's great news," he said.
Missed opportunities at the plate hurt Jackson's chances of sticking during previous stints with the Cardinals. He played 13 games ...