David Eckstein was born to German-American parents in Sanford, Florida. He is a shortstop in Major League Baseball.
After a college career as a walk-on at the University of Florida, Eckstein was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft, and selected off waivers by the Anaheim Angels in 2000. He was a member of the 2002 World Series Champions, the Anaheim Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels), as well as the 2006 Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. From 2001-2004 Eckstein compiled a .278 batting average with 17 home runs and 170 RBI in 567 games. He was voted to the National League All-Star team in 2005 and was a late addition to the 2006 All-Star team. Eckstein was also named the World Series Most Valuable Player in 2006. He went 8 for 22 with 4 RBI and scored 3 runs in the series, including going 4-for-5 with three doubles in game 4 of the series.