2010s

August 10, 2010: Brawl vs. Reds ends Jason LaRue’s career

On August 10, 2010, the fierce rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds spilled into a violent brawl that ended catcher Jason LaRue’s career. The two teams had battled one another for the National League Central Division lead throughout the summer. In the opening game of the series, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitched seven innings and …

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July 31, 2014: Cardinals trade Allen Craig, Joe Kelly to acquire John Lackey

Heading into the 2014 trade deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak knew that he needed to shake up his ballclub. As the defending National League champions prepared to play the final game of a three-game series against the Padres, they sat in third place in the Central Division, 2 ½ games behind the Brewers and …

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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 …

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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 …

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General Manager John Mozeliak: "Not to be melodramatic, but you're losing an ace. It's not something you an just replace overnight. Some different people are going to have to step up."

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 …

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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 …

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February 15, 2011: Stan Musial receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Just a few days away from his 90th birthday, Stan Musial picked up the phone at his office at Stan the Man Inc. On the other end of the line was a White House representative, calling to tell him that he was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award. …

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