By Mike Harrington
BOSTON -- Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist has been a huge boon to his team's bullpen with an incredible season in his first year in the big leagues. He had an 0.45 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 39 innings, struck out 50 and walked 18. In the postseason, he allowed one earned run in five appearances to date.
Siegrist was born in Buffalo and grew up in Lewiston before leaving for Florida just before high school. When I introduced myself today in the State Street Pavilion of Fenway Park, we talked about his family background and lots of baseball before I turned the conversation to something Siegrist talks a lot about on his Twitter feed -- his beloved but suffering Buffalo Sabres.
When I told Siegrist I covered them too, here was his first unprompted response: "Aw, jeez. What's up with them?"
I told him no one has an answer.
"I don't know. I just don't know. I watch almost every single game," he said. "It's crazy. I get the NHL package and watch all of them. I went to the Buffalo-Pittsburgh game (Oct. 5 at Consol Energy Center while the Cardinals were in town for the NLDS). I'm at a loss for words with what's up there."
"A bunch of guys follow the Blues and they are getting on me all the time. What are we? It's 1-8-1 now? Terrible."
Told the Bills are doing better at least, Siegrist smiled and said, "It's just Buffalo sports for you."