With an event on Friday and the Winter Warm-Up today, Jason Heyward is all smiles thus far into his first experience with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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So does this initial good feeling have enough power for the outfielder to forgo free agency and sign a contract extension before the season ends?

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“For me, I hope I love it so much I won’t have to leave,” smiled Heyward. “That’s the way you want to love your job. I love the game of baseball. For me, I’m always going to go out there and give 110% and I feel like if I love it that much, then it’s a good fit.”

Besides his contract and where he’ll bat in the lineup–he’s open to anywhere Mike Matheny writes him in–Heyward also shared the background story of why uniform #22 is important to him…

At Friday’s event, Heyward received his #22 uniform from Matheny and also presented his new manager with a #26 uniform.

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