St Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit in three of his team’s five runs in the wild World Series Game 3 against the Boston Red Sox. He missed a chance to have an even bigger impact when he didn’t run wisely or well after popping up to center field in the third inning. It brought to mind former Cardinal Ty Wigginton, who would’ve handled the popup differently.
Wigginton signed with the Cardinals in December 2012 for two years and $5 million. He was supposed to be a bat off the bench, a utility infielder, and a good clubhouse guy. He was a good teammate, but the other things didn’t work out, and the team released him on July 9.
In a game against the New York Mets on May 13, Wigginton hit a soft liner to center, that newly-signed Met Rick Ankiel couldn’t catch with his borrowed glove. “Wiggy” made it to second base because he hustled all the way. The score was tied with one out. Matt Carpenter hit a sharp grounder that ricocheted off the pitcher’s leg and bounded into foul territory between home and first base. Wigginton was hustling again, and made it all the way home as no one was covering. That go-ahead run broke open the game and turned it in the Cardinals’ favor.
Holliday’s lack of hustle was a deflating moment. Baseball games turn on little things done or not done, as this game showed more than once. One thing about Wigginton, he gave it his all at every opportunity. He’s at home somewhere, possibly watching the games, probably rooting for the Cardinals. If they win, he’ll get a ring. He deserves it.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.