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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 01: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three-run home run in the first inning during Game One of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on October 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

    The comments are old news by now.

    Back in January, on a Houston radio show, New Braunfels native and former Astros great Lance Berkman made some disparaging remarks about the defending AL champion Texas Rangers.

    When asked why he chose to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in the off-season instead of the Rangers after an unsuccessful stint with the New York Yankees, Berkman fired off some ballsy comments.

    "I felt like if they didn't re-sign Cliff Lee that they were going to be an average team, and I feel that's probably what's going to end up happening," Berkman told the Houston radio show.

    That was probably the thoughts of a lot of people around baseball, but no one else, especially another player, came out and said it.

    It didn't stop there. Berkman went on to question the other pitchers on the staff, including C.J. Wilson, saying a lot of the pitchers pitched above their talent level in 2010, and also said the Rangers "reached" for Adrian Beltre, implying they should have gone after him.

    Berkman had a great year for the Cardinals in his return to the National League. He hit .301 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs, but that was coming off a year in which he hit just over .250 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

    Anyway, Wilson, who loves to speak his mind, as he told the assembled media on Tuesday at Busch Stadium, spoke out on ESPN Radio back in January, basically saying he wasn't going to get upset about what Berkman said and would welcome everyone to share those sentiments about his team.

    "If that's a representative idea of what people around the league think, that's better for us because they're going to do the same thing and they're going to not take us seriously," Wilson said back in January. "If we end up stomping through the playoffs again, everyone will be like, 'Wow, what a bummer.'"

    Looks like they're all saying that now, except for Berkman of course, whose team is also in the World Series, but he owned up to his comments at the All-Star Game in July.

    He left a note in Wilson's locker that said "Hey congratulations on your guys' success, I guess I was wrong. Not the first time."

    That seemed to clear the air between the two, but it probably won't do the same thing with the Rangers fans. I know Berkman didn't want to be booed in his home state, but he might have it coming now.