Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha grew up a Cub fan, embraces ‘the Cardinal Way’

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Michael Wacha has emerged as an ace in the Cardinals rotation this season, sporting an 11-3 record and 3.20 ERA.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Wacha reveals that he was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and actually grew up a fan of the rival Cubs. And, despite his childhood affiliation, Wacha is embracing the “Cardinal Way.”

“I think it’s very real,” he told Rolling Stone. “It seems there’s a culture. Everyone is here to work. Everyone drops their egos at the door and comes together as a team. A lot of teams don’t see that too much.”

Here’s what Wacha said about growing up a Cub fan:

The Cubs, and the rest of the league, are going to have to deal with these ass-kickers for the foreseeable future. In the Cubs’ case, all those talented position players will have to grow up in the game trying to topple a Cardinals staff led by Wacha, who was reared in Texarkana, Texas, but was born in Iowa City – Cubs country – and, thus, was a fan of the Baby Bears. We were Cubs fans growing up, he says. We were raised Cubs fans: me and my brothers and sisters. We were all Cubs fans growing up down in Texas. Once I got drafted, everyone in my family seemed to change pretty quick. Now, all Wacha – a 6-foot-6 Wainwright lookalike who made his bones with four straight victories and an NLCS MVP award in the 2013 playoffs – wants to do is crush the Cubs, fellow NL Central competitors the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of baseball. He has the heater and changeup to do it, not to mention the curveball and cutter that have been added with Wainwright’s tutelage.

Wacha owns a 3-1 record with a 3.62 career ERA against his Cubs. He’s also got 37 strikeouts in as many innings.

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