St. Louis Cardinals defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 6-3

Opportunities for big league glory are difficult to come by.

Most professional ballplayers come and go without getting a whiff of the majors.

Ballclubs sign dozens of hopefuls every year. Few make it as far as the Triple-A level, much less the majors.

So when a guy does get his shot -– however small -– he better make a favorable impression. That is why the Nick Stavinoha story is so compelling.

When he celebrated his birthday by hitting a go-ahead home run Monday ...