Six All-Star appearances and with no sign of slowing down, Lance Berkman is an outfielder currently playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has also spent time with the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
Lance says once he retires from professional baseball, he wants to coach at Texas, but also needs to finish the business degree at Rice University he started.
While living in Houston, Texas, Lance Berkman has stated his favorite place to eat barbecue at is Goode & Co.
Lance's favorite chewing gum is Dubble Bubble.
Lance has been married since 1998 with wife Cara, and together they have had four kids, named Hannah, Carly, Katie, and Abigail.
Lance nicknamed his first car, a 1977 pickup with no air conditioning or radio, "Paps".
Lance once took batting practice while wearing a sumo wrestling uniform.
When he used to play professional baseball in Houston, Lance sponsored Berkman's Bunch, which arranged free trips for kids to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros.
Lance says he is a big fan of the Golf Channel.
Lance has a fear of flying.
Although known for being the "Big Puma", Lance also lived with the nickname "Fatty Kruk" in college.
Lance broke his collarbone in a college flag football game, in which his baseball coach instructed him not to take part in.
Lance amusingly claimed he majored in "eligibility" at college.
Lance played college baseball with another Major League Baseball star, Jose Cruz Jr., at Rice University.
When he was just 9, Lance hit his first baseball over the outfield wall for a home run, breaking the windshield of a car in a Sonic parking lot.
Lance's father, Larry, was usually the head coach on his youth baseball teams, and his dad would make him alternate between batting left and right-handed each at-bat.
Growing up, Lance would gain strength by hanging up a tire swing on a tree, and taking 50 left-handed and 50 right-handed swings against it, everyday after school.
Lance's father, Larry, bought him his first plastic baseball bat at age two, and taught him to be a switch-hitter. (able to bat left-handed and right-handed)
Lance amazed his father because of his habit to left-handedly hurl his bottle out of his crib.
Lance had an eye-catching big appetite as a baby, accordingly drinking entire bottles of milk without stopping.
Lance is the middle child of three children.
Berkman led the National League in RBIs with 128 in the 2002 season.
Lance's junior season in 1997 at Rice was one of the best in NCAA history, when he hit a Rice-record .431 average and earned the National Player of the Year honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association, while leading Rice to their first College World Series appearance.
Lance is second all-time with a .385 career batting average at Rice University.
He often goes by the nickname "the Big Puma" because of his cat-like reflexes and his speed.
He's 6 foot 1 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.
He made his debut on July 16, 1999 vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Was named the National League Player of the Month in May 2004 with a .521 batting average, 9 home runs, 24 RBIs, 36 hits and 20 runs.
He led the National League in doubles with 55 in 2001.
He attended Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas.
He has hit at least 1 home run in 25 different Major League ballparks.
He played in his 1000th career game on July 23, 2006 at the New York Mets.
Lance was the 1998 Houston Astros' Minor League Player of the Year.
Lance finished third in the 2002 National League M.V.P. voting with a .292 average, 42 home runs, 128 RBIs and 169 hits.
Lance hit his 200th career home run on June 21, 2006 vs the Minnesota Twins.
He was named the Houston Astros' Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002.
He's played in 4 All-Star Games as the National League's first baseman during his career, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Lance was the runner-up to Miguel Tejada during the Home Run Derby at the 2004 All-Star Game, finishing with 21 total home runs. He also finished in 8th place (last) at the 2002 Home Run Derby, finishing with 1 home run. And finished in 7th place in the Home Run Derby at the 2006 All-Star Game.
Lance throws left-handed and bats switch, left-handed for right-handed pitchers and right-handed for left-handed pitchers.
He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 1st Round as the 16th overall pick of 1997 amateur entry draft.
Lance attended Rice University.
Lance: What you're running after, what's you're trying to find will not provide you with any lasting fulfillment. The only place you can find that is Jesus Christ. It's in the lasting of God you'll find that lasting fulfillment.
Lance: The steroid issue is not quite as big an issue as some people think. This is a hot-button issue now. People are making a mountain out of a molehill.
Lance: We (the Astros) don't give up, we don't let circumstances bother us. I think we have a group of mentally tough guys. We've experienced a lot of disappointment together and we've come back from that and experienced a lot of great things together.
Lance: It's unbelievable, I can't even describe it. To be a big part of bringing the World Series, the first World Series ever to Houston, is just tremendous.
Lance: There's a little more margin for error this year. Last year, it felt like we (the Astros) had to win every game. That wasn't a lot of fun.