Adam Parrish Wainwright, born
edit] Early career
A highly valued prospect coming out of
In December 2003, Wainwright was sent to the Cardinals along with pitchers
edit] 2006: Reliever, closer, champion
Wainwright made the Cardinals' Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher after having been a starter for his entire minor-league career. On
Wainwright pitched capably as a middle reliever, but when Cardinal closer
The Cardinals, who made the postseason despite an unexceptional 83-78 record, rolled through October to win the tenth world championship in franchise history. Wainwright, the new closer, took center stage:
- On October 8, 2006, Wainwright closed out the final game of the Cardinals' National League Division Series, ending the
San Diego Padres' season and propelling the Cardinals to the 2006 National League Championship Series.
- On October 19, 2006, in the final game of the National League Championship Series, Wainwright, with the bases loaded, struck out
Carlos Beltran looking on 3 pitches, ending the New York Mets' season and sending the Cardinals to the World Series.
October 27, 2006, in Game 5 of the 2006 World Series, Wainwright struck out Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge with a slider to win the world championship.
edit] 2007: Back to starting
Wainwright moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation for 2007. With Cardinals ace
edit] Personal life
edit] References and external links
- Career statistics and player information from
MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
- ^ Home Run in First Pitch Ever by Baseball Almanac
- ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
- ^ Sharing the Victory Magazine - vsItemDisplay
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