Cardinals 5, Astros 3 April 16, 1999
On opening day the best rookie in St. Louis was J.D. Drew, and Mark McGwire was the biggest Mac in town. At week's end both titles belonged to Joe McEwing, 26. The 5'11", 170-pound utilityman was tied for third in the National League with a .417 average, had hit in nine of his last 10 games and—after playing five positions and going 7 for 15 with runners in scoring position—had vaulted from obscure rookie to fan favorite. He had also drawn attention from Drew's horrid .176, zero-homer start.
McEwing's 2-for-4 game last Friday was his fourth multihit game of 1999. Two days before, in Pittsburgh, he went 3 for 5, scored three times, made sparkling plays at second and third, and had a hand in four double plays. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa called it "one of the greatest games I've ever seen played." J.D. who?