Canadian John Axford veteran presence with Cardinals

Pitcher John Axford was a closer for the Brewers before being acquired by the Cardinals....

Pitcher John Axford was a closer for the Brewers before being acquired by the Cardinals. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Nicole Axford had the premonition during the 2011 National League Championship Series.

Her husband John Axford was closing games for the Milwaukee Brewers against the St. Louis Cardinals in post-season play.

“You know, some day you will pitch for the Cardinals,” Nicole told John.

Seated at a table on media day dressed in Cardinals red and navy blue, wearing No. 34 underneath his St. Louis Cardinals warm-up jacket, Axford laughed at the flashback.

“I told my wife, ‘No way, we’re in the same division,’ ” said Axford.

On Aug. 30 at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Brewers shipped Axford to St. Louis for reliever Michael Blazek.

“After I was told I’d been traded by (manager) Ron Roenicke, I called my wife, but I don’t remember if there was an I-told-you-so moment,” said the Port Dover, Ont., resident who now lives in Ancaster, Ont.


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