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Mother of local Cardinal 1st baseman talks about major league success
By Maria Miller
A charter bus traveling from Philipsburg to Pittsburgh had to pull over along Route 22 in Jackson Township Friday morning after catching fire. Officials said it took about 20 gallons of water and foam to put out the flames that started in a back engine. There were about fifty women traveling to a Christian conference on board and fortunately they all made it out safely.
"Ladies, were we scared?" Alice Baker asked her fellow passengers.
"No," the ladies shouted back.
"We're women of faith, we're not scared," said Baker. "God is with us."
After learning the women were from Philipsburg, it got 6 News reporter Maria Miller thinking.
She asked if anyone knew the family of Matt Adams, first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team currently facing Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Wouldn't you know, his mom just happened to be on the bus.
Miller said she couldn't have planned it better if she tried. It was just Friday morning that the 6 News team had been talking about trying to find Matt Adams' family to talk about his success in the majors and against the Pirates. When 6 News figured the family was probably in St. Louis cheering him on, Miller went about her day, only to end up meeting with his mom by chance.
It was just four years ago that Adams was playing for Slippery Rock University and before that the Philipsburg Mounties. Today, he's a major contributor in the major leagues; this week playing his first postseason
with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"It's exciting, sort of hard to believe," said his mother, Lisa Adams. "He's just worked so hard for this and just for him to have that chance is just, it's unbelievable. But we do believe God had led him there and the right doors opened up. It's been a blessing."
But Adams is a hometown boy, facing the team he grew up rooting for as a child and a team most around here are cheering to win.
"We're rooting for the Cardinals," laughed his mom. "But ya, just, we're so close to the Pirates and I think it's exciting for the Pirates because they haven't won for so long, but we're Cardinals all the way."
On Thursday facing Pittsburgh in St. Louis, the Cardinals gave quite a show, beating the Pirates 9-1. Adams
scored two runs after getting to the plate three times, walking once and knocking in a hit.
"He's excited but he's trying not
to get overwhelmed," said his mother. "He's trying to stay in the moment and look around and be thankful, just thankful for everything he's been given a chance to do and have fun and smile. I always say, 'I like to see you smile, Matt.'"
Adams' family was not able to make it to St. Louis this time around, but they are going to Pittsburgh on Sunday. Lisa Adams said she and her husband will try to keep to themselves and cheer on the inside so they don't upset the Pirates fans.