ST. LOUIS --- Scott Rolen's 2,000th career hit came in an appropriate setting for the personal milestone.
Rolen notched the hit with a first-inning, two-out single on the ground to left field during the Reds' 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. The 36-year-old played in St. Louis from 2002-07 and the single came against friend and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.
"I'm not a huge numbers guy, but that's a number or plateau or a resting place, I guess, for a second," Rolen said. "I guess I can let myself reflect a little bit, since it's a milestone number. It's more a representation -- I feel like I've worked pretty hard at this game, coming up from the Minor Leagues and all the way through. It's a nice number. I will reflect on that number as a reward for a lot of sweat."
The 2,000th hit ball was in Rolen's jeans pocket after the game, and he had plans for it.
"I've given everything to my Dad," Rolen said. "At this point, he kind of collects it and holds on to it. My son is getting close. We'll see. I don't want to give it to him yet. He's liable to throw it in the pool or something. A ball is a ball to him."