Adam Wainwright Praises Christian Yelich's Classy Gesture During Historic 325th Start
In a moment that's been 15+ years in the making, St. Louis Cardinals teammates Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina made baseball history on Wednesday night. The pair teamed up for their career 325th start together as batterymates, setting a new MLB record in the process.
The emotions ran high during Wednesday's historic outing against the Milwaukee Brewers and was a far bigger deal than a regular mid-September baseball game.
Wainwright reflected on this historic moment in his postgame press conference, and took the time to praise Brewers' star Christian Yelich for his classy gesture during the moment.
Adam Wainwright Yadier Molina Record 325th Start
Asked about a moment he'll remember from this momentous day, and Wainwright pointed to Yelich taking the first pitch of the ballgame as Milwaukee's leadoff hitter. "I just thought that was a really classy move."
Not only was Yelich clearly taking all the way, but it allowed Molina to immediately toss in the historic baseball used and allowed the raucous St. Louis faithful to shower the batterymates with a well-deserved standing ovation.
Here's the clip of the first pitch, and yes, it will give Cardinals fans chills.
Wainwright and Molina made their first start together way back on April 6, 2007 against the Houston Astros. It ended in a 4-2 win for Wainwright and the Cardinals, and was just the beginning of the longest-tenured battery in baseball history.
The pair broke the record previously held by Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers. Lolich and Freehan made 324 career starts together 1963-1975.
Making the moment even sweeter, Wainwright captured his 11th win of the season as the Cardinals took home a 4-1 victory. Wainwright pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just 1 earned run and notching 3 strikeouts.
The win increased St. Louis' division lead to 8.0 games. St. Louis is also just 4.0 games back, in the loss column, of the New York Mets for the second-best record in the National League. For now, the Cardinals hold +1700 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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