2000s

October 27, 2006: Cardinals win the 2006 World Series as Jeff Weaver outpitches Justin Verlander

The pitching matchup between Cardinals starter Jeff Weaver and Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander certainly appeared lopsided on paper. But in Game 5 of the 2006 World Series, Weaver outpitched that season’s American League Rookie of the Year, needing just 99 pitches to get through eight innings in a 4-2 win that clinched the 10th world …

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September 4, 2004: Jim Edmonds hits his 300th career home run

Hours after becoming the third player in Cardinals history to hit his 300th career home run wearing the birds on the bat, Jim Edmonds returned to the clubhouse at Busch Stadium and discovered a voicemail from a man who had become synonymous with home run milestones – Mark McGwire. “He said, ‘Congratulations, you only need …

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August 31, 2007: Juan Encarnacion suffers career-ending eye injury

Less than a year after celebrating the 2006 World Series championship with his teammates, Juan Encarnacion’s career was cut short when he was struck by a foul ball while standing in the on-deck circle awaiting his opportunity to pinch-hit. By the time he came to the Cardinals, Encarnacion was a veteran outfielder who already had …

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June 19, 2003: Bo Hart makes his debut and sparks the Cardinals

The Cardinals got more than they bargained for when they called Bo Hart up from Triple-A Memphis to replace injured infielder Miguel Cairo. A 33rd-round pick in the 1999 draft who was signed for $1,000,[1] Hart was an unlikely major leaguer. After playing his college baseball as a shortstop at Gonzaga, Hart hit just .184 …

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April 16, 2006: Albert Pujols hits three home runs, including walk-off, to beat the Reds

With three home runs, including a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, Albert Pujols closed Busch Stadium III’s first homestand in style. Pujols and more than 36,000 Cardinals fans[1] celebrated Easter on April 16, 2006, with an 8-7 win over the Reds that included three home runs and five RBIs from …

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March 23, 2000: Cardinals trade Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy for Jim Edmonds

After three years of trade rumors, Angels general manager Bill Stoneman emphatically announced that he had no intention of trading Jim Edmonds. Four days later, on March 23, 2000, Edmonds became a St. Louis Cardinal in a deal that sent pitcher Kent Bottenfield and second base prospect Adam Kennedy to the Angels. “When we heard …

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March 20, 2008: Cardinals sign Adam Wainwright to his first contract extension

After just one season as a major-league starting pitcher, it was already becoming clear that Adam Wainwright was destined to become a cornerstone of the Cardinals’ starting rotation. On March 20, 2008, the Cardinals made it official, signing Wainwright to a four-year, $15 million contract extension with a two-year team option that ultimately made the …

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Bernie Miklasz: "This is about stabilizing the rotation with a solid innings guy."

March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse

With less than three weeks remaining before their March 31 season opener, the 2008 Cardinals were quickly running out of healthy starting pitchers. Mark Mulder was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Chris Carpenter was working his way back from elbow surgery. Joel Pineiro was questionable with shoulder stiffness and Matt Clement had yet to pitch since …

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February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals

Just one day before the Cardinals and their 24-year-old star, Albert Pujols, were set to meet in Phoenix, Arizona, for an arbitration hearing, the two sides agreed to the richest contract in team history. On February 19, 2004, Pujols signed a contract for at least seven years and $100 million, making him just the ninth …

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February 17, 2006: Cardinals sign Scott Spiezio and spur a phenomenon

On his way to helping the Cardinals capture the 10th World Series in franchise history, utility infielder Scott Spiezio inadvertently started a fashion phenomenon at Busch Stadium. Spiezio had been a World Series hero for the Angels in 2002, but he came to St. Louis after two subpar seasons with the Mariners. On February 17, …

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