ST. LOUIS -- When Lance Berkman fired a shot at the Rangers in January, didn't we all just know it would come to this: St. Louis and Texas battling it out in the World Series?
Of course we did.
OK, first for the background.
Berkman was a guest on a Houston radio station. Berkman is from New Braunfels and played the majority of his career with the Astros. Asked why he chose to sign with Houston's chief division rival over the interested Rangers, Berkman said:
"I felt like if they didn't re-sign Cliff Lee that they were going to be an average team and I feel that's probably what's going to end up happening."
C.J. Wilson caught wind of Berkman's comments and responded to them on The Ben & Skin Show on ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas:
"I think it's funny. He was contemplating retirement, so I'm not going to take anything too seriously. I'm not going to get offended by anything he says. If that's a representative idea of what people around the league think, that's better for us because they're going to do the same thing and they're going to not take us seriously. If we end up stomping through the playoffs again, everyone will be like, 'Wow, what a bummer.' "
Of course, Berkman caught wind of Wilson's response.
"It really kind of surprised me to be honest with you," Berkman said Tuesday during the team's media session. "The comments were made in the setting of a local Houston radio station, and then I forgot they have the Internet. That kind of thing would play well in Houston, but not so well in Dallas."
Berkman decided to clear the air at the All-Star Game in July, leaving a note in Wilson's locker.
Wilson said Tuesday that the note read: "Hey, congratulations on you guys' success, I guess I was wrong. Not the first time."
Why did the 35-year-old Berkman, experiencing something of a renaissance this season in a return to the outfield with the Cardinals, leave that note?
"I don't want to leave this game with anybody thinking ill of me and certainly I don't take back anything I said, I just didn't intend for it to be disrespectful to the Rangers organization or to any single player in the Rangers organization," Berkman said. "Obviously, some of that has been proven incorrect and it's not the first time that I've been wrong and it won't be the last. I don't think that it's really a big story, but I certainly wanted to express to C.J., since he was the one that responded back from the Rangers organization, that I think highly of him as a pitcher and a competitor and of the Rangers organization in general, and didn't want to leave any lingering ill-will between myself and him."
Said Wilson: "I have no issues with what he said."
Phew. Now they can finally go at it the old-fashioned way, on the baseball field.