ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel wrote a letter to his younger self and published it on The Players Tribune website.

He addressed domestic abuse in his home growing up, his dominance as a pitcher on his way to the big leagues, and his struggles.

At the end of the letter, Ankiel told his younger self:

“So if, as you grow up, you only remember one thing that I tell you in this letter — aside from, well, you know … always have a backup plan — let it be this: Show all the love you can to that city and those fans in return. And when the time comes, raise your own kids as Cardinals fans and have a blast sharing your mutual love for the greatest baseball franchise in the entire world.”

>> CLICK HERE to read the entire letter.

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