Hey, rook! Make mine a venti latte, Cardinals vets tell 'em

CHICAGO (AP) What do you do if you're a major league team and you're dragging a little the morning after a late-night, rain-delayed game?

The St. Louis Cardinals sent their rookies to bring back some caffeine from the Starbucks right across the street from Wrigley Field - in full uniform.

Relievers Miguel Socolovich, Mitch Harris and Marcus Hatley and bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran made the run Tuesday for the NL Central leaders.

Socolovich says the store workers ''didn't even say anything'' while the Cardinals stood in line wearing their hats, jerseys and pants. He says a lot of customers laughed and took pictures.

The four were given a list of what players and staff wanted and handed it to the barista, Harris said.

''We definitely needed some caffeine, for sure,'' Harris said.

The Cardinals and Chicago Cubs had played late Monday night after a rain delay of more than an hour.

The Dodgers have sent rookies to the same coffee shop in the past two years.

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