Adam Wainwright

April 8, 2021: Arenado hits game-winning homer in his home debut at Busch Stadium

After six road games to begin his Cardinals career, Nolan Arenado got to officially introduce himself to Cardinals fans with his first home game at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2021. He celebrated the occasion with a game-winning home run, becoming just the fifth Cardinal since 1900 to hit a game-winning home run in the …

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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 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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December 13, 2003: Cardinals deal J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero to get Jason Marquis, Ray King, and Adam Wainwright

When the Cardinals drafted J.D. Drew in 1998, they thought they were getting a franchise cornerstone. More than five years later, they obtained a new foundational piece when they traded Drew to the Braves in a five-player deal. The Cardinals sent Drew and catcher/outfielder Eli Marrero to Atlanta in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Marquis, …

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May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

When defending Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter was scratched from his May 24 start against the Giants with inflammation of a bursa sac located between his right shoulder and rib cage, the 2006 Cardinals pitching staff was dealt a blow. In Carpenter’s place, the St. Louis pitching staff started dealing some blows of its …

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April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat

As the son of a professional drag racer, Lane Thomas knows the value of a fast start. So perhaps it was no surprise that he homered in his first major-league at-bat. Lane’s father, Mike, was a professional drag racer in the National Hot Rod Association, and Lane spent his early summers traveling around the country, …

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April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

By the time Adam Wainwright made his first start, his bona fides as a stopper already had earned their place in St. Louis Cardinals history. During the 2006 playoffs, Wainwright made nine scoreless appearances, including four saves. In the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres, he threw 1 1/3 innings in Game …

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