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If you were shock when the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, you were
not alone. When asked if he had ever seen a more improbable run like the one the
Cardinals had just completed, Barry Weinberg, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the
Cardinals, simply said, “No.”
“This was unprecedented. Nobody has
seen anything like this,” he added.
Weinberg, 60, should know. He
has spent 33 years in Major League Baseball and 24 years alongside Cardinals
manager Tony LaRussa, who retired the week after the Cardinals defeated the
Texas Rangers in seven breathtaking games.
“It was an honor and a
priviledge to work with Tony,” Weinberg said. “LaRussa told us about his
retirement the day before it went public.”
Now, with this most recent
title, Weinberg has three World Series Rings (one with the Oakland Athletics and
two with the Cardinals) to go with four League Champion Rings.
has been very fortunate to be a part of winning organizations; however as an
athletic trainer there is always work to be done.
The training staff
helps ensure that the players are healthy and ready to go. They must also be in
constant communication with the manager to make sure he knows what players are
“Athletic trainers are always in communication with players in
the offseason and checking on their offseason programs,” Weiberg pointed
He also noted that due to the success of the Cardinals, the
offseasons are shorter, a trade off he would always be willing to
Game 6 of the World Series was a game some have considered to be
the greatest game ever. But it was also a game that put the athletic trainers to
There was an injury at second base to Texas Rangers Catcher Mike
Napoli and an injury to Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday while sliding back
to third base. So what does an athletic trainer do during an in-game injury? “We
have to make a judgement on whether the player is vulnerable to further injury
and look at the player and situation to see how the injury will affect the
team,” Weinberg said.
Growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Barry
Weinberg was a fan of the Washington Senators – somewhat ironically, the same
franchise that is now the Rangers.
One of Weinberg’s inspirations was
Bill Zeigler, the Atletic Trainer for the Senators. He remembers writing Zeigler
a letter about leaving school and joining his staff on the
Zeigler responded with words of encouragement and a
recommendation to stay in school. Weinberg did just that and five years later
they were on opposing benches, Weinberg with the Yankees and Zeigler with the
The two have remained friends to this day, and Weinberg still
credits his friend for the inspiration to pursue his dream.
to the Cardinals and the Athletics, Weinberg has spent time as an athletic
trainer in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization and with the New York
However, the Cardinals and their fans seem to have a special
place in his heart.
“St. Louis is a terrific sports town, specifically
baseball. The crowd is really in to the game and the playoffs are even more
special,” Weinberg said.
He also noted that when walking down the streets
in St. Louis, people that recognize him often say thanks for a great
“Baseball is woven into their fabric. Everyone is a St. Louis Cards
fan,” Weinberg said.
In his spare time away from baseball Barry Weinberg
enjoys country music, and he will be a guest at next week’s Country Music
He is also a Broadway enthusiast, which goes back to
his days of helping out with the show Damn Yankees. He was a consultant for the
production at the request of co-producer Dan Markley.
Barry Weinberg was
elected into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
while he has not had the opportunity to travel to Israel, he said he hopes to
visit in the near future, during an off-season.
Weinberg certainly looks
forward to seeing all the videos of games to help remind him of the remarkable
journey of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
last thought about this past season Barry Weinberg said, “It’s hard to see the
picture when you are in the frame.”