There aren’t many pitchers in Major League Baseball that can hang their hat on the type of ability and numbers that Adam Wainwright is able to put up. When healthy, he is the unquestionable ace of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff. Sadly for the past couple of seasons, elbow trouble shortened his season and hurt his ace status. When he returned for the late part of last year it was clear that he was healthy and ready to regain his position.
Manager Mike Matheny made Wainwright’s journey through recovery officially complete by naming him as the starter for the Cardinals opening day game. When some read that they might shrug, say sure of course and move on to the next story. That is not the way Wainwright views it though. For him, the fact that he is able to start his teams opening day game in the major leagues is nothing to take for granted.
Wainwright is that kind of guy anyway but it’s no wonder he appreciates it more than even he once would. Missing not only an opening day start but over a season’s worth of games must have a way of putting things in perspective. This will be his second official opening day start (one wasn’t official because the game was rained out). He plans to make the most of it and I am certain he will. Chances are that there will be many more starts on opening day for Adam Wainwright. Here’s hoping he always views it as an honor the way he does this year.