July 20, 2018: Matt Carpenter hits three homers, two doubles in historic 5-for-5 game

July 20, 2018: Matt Carpenter hits three homers, two doubles in historic 5-for-5 game

On July 20, 2018, Matt Carpenter laid claim to arguably the most productive offensive game in Cardinals history, clubbing three homers and two doubles in an 18-5 win over the Cubs. Carpenter tied a team record with 16 total bases, matching Mark Whiten’s four-home run game on September 7, 1993. Carpenter’s five extra-base hits made…

March 28, 2013: Adam Wainwright signs five-year extension to remain in St. Louis

March 28, 2013: Adam Wainwright signs five-year extension to remain in St. Louis

Adam Wainwright may not have gotten nervous on the days he took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals, but the morning that he and the Cardinals were set to announce the five-year, $97.5-million contract extension that would keep him in St. Louis through the 2018 season, he found that he couldn’t eat. The deal…

February 24, 2011: Cardinals announce that Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery

February 24, 2011: Cardinals announce that Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery

Before they even had a chance to play their first spring training game, the Cardinals’ road to the 2011 World Series became significantly more difficult. On February 24, 2011, the Cardinals officially announced that Adam Wainwright would require season-ending Tommy John surgery. “Not to be melodramatic, but you’re losing an ace,” general manager John Mozeliak…

March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension

March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension

Less than three months after the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols to free agency, they ensured that Yadier Molina remained a franchise cornerstone with a five-year, $75 million contract. “I’m happy to be a Cardinal for 5-6 more years,” Molina said. “This is a great organization. I grew up here, I feel good here. It was…

January 5, 2010: Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a record seven-year contract

January 5, 2010: Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a record seven-year contract

It took longer than either side was entirely comfortable with, but in the end, the Cardinals got their man. On January 5, 2010, Matt Holliday agreed to a deal that would keep him in St. Louis through the 2016 season and gave the Cardinals a pair of franchise cornerstone sluggers in Holliday and Albert Pujols…

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

When the first inning of Paul DeJong’s major league debut rolled around, the 23-year-old shortstop wasn’t even in the stadium. The Cardinals called DeJong up from Triple-A Memphis earlier that day to fill the roster spot vacated by Kolten Wong, who was placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort. DeJong had been playing second…

June 4-5, 2011: Albert Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

June 4-5, 2011: Albert Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

Heading into the Cardinals’ three-game, early-June series against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols was experiencing a power outage. By the time the Cardinals left Busch Stadium with three victories – including back-to-back walk-off home runs – he had reminded everyone once again why Tony La Russa considered Pujols to be the greatest player he had…