It's been an emotional few days for the St. Louis Cardinals and their fanbase. With franchise legends Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina playing the final few games of their illustrious careers, it's been a whirlwind ride.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones paid her own tribute to the city's legends by officially designating October 4th and October 5th as Yadier Molina Day and Albert Pujols Day -- a nod to their jersey numbers.
In honor of Yadi Day, one of the Cardinals' minor league affiliates shared an awesome throwback picture of Molina's early baseball days. Check out the picture below.
Yadier Molina Day
Posted by the High-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs' instagram account, a young Yadi is seen donning this classic minor league jersey. The picture dates all the way back to 2002, the lone season Molina spent with the Chiefs.
The future Hall-of-Famer slashed .280/.331/.384 with 7 home runs and 50 RBIs across 112 games during that campaign. Molina then went on to play just two more years in minor league baseball before making his MLB debut in 2004. The rest is history.
With 10 All-Star nods, a pair of World Series titles and nine Gold Gloves, Molina is one of the best catchers of all time. He was a solid offensive backstop and an elite defensive one, ranking third at the position in Gold Gloves behind Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench.
St. Louis finishes the season off on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates before kicking off the postseason at home on Friday during the Wild Card round. As it stands, the Cardinals have the seventh-best World Series odds (+1700) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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