Theriot relishes return to St. Louis

Theriot relishes return to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Theriot only spent a year in St. Louis, but he made it count.

Theriot, who signed with the Giants as a free agent this year, hit .271 in 132 games as the Cardinals won their 11th World Series title and the first of Theriot's career. On Monday, Theriot returned to St. Louis for the first time this season as the Giants take on the Cards for a four-game series.

"It's great, man," Theriot said. "St. Louis was an awesome time. Obviously we had some great success last year. It's good to see those guys. It's going to be fun, a good series."

The series will be the only one in St. Louis between the Giants and Cardinals this season. Theriot spent time catching up with former Cardinals teammates before Monday's game and said he tries to keep in touch with many of them throughout the season.

Despite putting up some better numbers in a couple of years with the Cubs, Theriot called his 2011 season the best of his career as he'll always cherish winning a championship.

"Not many people can say they've won a World Series even if they ever get a chance," Theriot said. "It's a very special place and it always will be for me and my family."