October 22, 2011: Albert Pujols slugs three home runs in Game 3 of the World Series

With three home runs in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, Albert Pujols didn’t just correct course after an 0-for-6 start to the Fall Classic, or turn attention away from the brief controversy that came after he didn’t speak to the media after the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss in Game 2 of the series. WithContinue reading “October 22, 2011: Albert Pujols slugs three home runs in Game 3 of the World Series”

September 24, 2020: Yadier Molina gets his 2,000th career hit

On September 24, 2020, Yadier Molina joined the 2,000-hit club. The milestone came during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, so Molina became the only Cardinal to collect his 2,000th career hit without fans in attendance. Instead, his teammates had to do their best to fill in for the fans, offering a standing ovation for their unofficialContinue reading “September 24, 2020: Yadier Molina gets his 2,000th career hit”

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

What I’m Reading: “Molina” by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan

“Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty” was published in 2015, but as 2020 draws to a close I can safely say it has been the best baseball book I have read this year. From the title, one can be forgiven for expecting the book to be about the threeContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Molina” by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan”

June 3, 2004: Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

A muscle strain that literally took Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny’s breath away opened the door for 21-year-old Yadier Molina to make his major league debut and – as the third member of the catching Molina brothers to reach the majors – make a little history as well. On June 2, 2004, Matheny was removed inContinue reading “June 3, 2004: Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game”