As a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, I was raised to hate the St Louis Cardinals.  They were our division rivals and candidly, have always been the class of the division.  I can respect this team and how they run their organization.  Somehow they are able to get big name free agents, yet not overpay for any of them and they respect their veterans.

Two of their veterans are about to make baseball history and they should be appreciated for their longevity and greatness.  Barring injury or bad weather, there almost surely will be history made on Wednesday night when Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina go to the post for the 325th time as a major-league battery, which will break the record set in 1975 when Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan got to 324.

Yadier Molina is sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He has the two World Series rings from the team in 2006 and 2011.  He has spent his entire 19 year career in St Louis.  He will go down as one of the best defensive catchers of all time, with 9 Gold Gloves to his credit.  Certainly HOF worthy at his position.

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Adam Wainwright was drafted by the Atlanta Braves, then traded to the Cardinals.  Been with the team from 2005-2010, then from 2012 - today.  He is a 3 time all star, won his WS ring in 2006.  2 Gold Gloves in 2009 and 2013.  A Silver Slugger Award in 2017, the Roberto Clemente Award in 2020, and twice lead the NL in wins (2009 and 2013).  He is 2nd to Bob Gibson in franchise history in strikeouts.  Adam has over 2000 strikeouts.

It is time, if you haven't done so already, to appreciate their greatness.  Both of these players I think will retire at the end of the season. They should win the division and then lets see how the playoff shake out.  It would not surprise me if their numbers get retired by the organization.  Just another reason why you should listen to Cardinal games on our sister station KSIS.

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