Back in St. Louis, Kennedy reminisces

Back in St. Louis, Kennedy reminisces

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals infielder Adam Kennedy has a long history with the St. Louis Cardinals, who drafted him out of Cal State-Northridge back in 1997. He made his Major League debut with the club two years later.

The Cardinals then traded Kennedy, along with pitcher Kent Bottenfield, to the Angels for center fielder Jim Edmonds before the 2000 season. Kennedy, who won a World Series in Anaheim in '02, signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in 2007 and played two more seasons in St. Louis before being released prior to the '09 campaign.

On Monday, the 34-year-old infielder returned to Busch Stadium for the first time as a visiting player since his release and was asked to sum up his time with the Cardinals.

"It was a little rough, you know," Kennedy said. "But it's hard to argue with playing in a city that has a lot of support. I played with some good players and a great manager. It wasn't all for nothing."

Kennedy batted .219 in 87 games in 2007, before his season ended early because of a knee injury, with just 13 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs. He fared much better the following season, hitting .280 with 36 RBIs in 115 games.

After his release from the Cardinals, Kennedy signed with Oakland and posted a productive 2009 campaign. He batted .289 with 29 doubles, 11 home runs and 63 RBIs in 129 games. The second baseman then signed with the Nationals as a free agent in the offseason.

"Since, it has worked out great," Kennedy said. "I got to play a lot. I'm playing on a pretty good team right now. It has worked out well."

The left-handed hitting infielder has struggled early this season with Washington. He went into Monday's game hitting .245 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in his first 35 games.

Kennedy saw a familiar face on the mound at Busch on Monday in former teammate Kyle Lohse. In his career, Kennedy entered the contest hitting .414 (12 hits in 29 at-bats) with five RBIs against his former teammate.