In 2005 pitcher Adam Wainwright made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, quickly establishing himself as a star. Throughout his career, he has been known for his devastating curveball and exceptional control on the mound. Wainwright has earned multiple All-Star selections and has been a crucial part of the Cardinals’ success over the years. He has also been recognized for his leadership and mentorship of younger players, making him a respected figure in the clubhouse.
He also had a family rule: no puppies while he’s playing Major League baseball.
Earlier in the week, however, after a long and successful career, Wainwright hung up his cleats and called it a career.
Adam’s kids were especially excited. Their dad was finally going to get them their dog.
But that’s when the ball club stepped in.
ESPN writes that “the St. Louis Cardinals presented the Wainwrights a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy during a 35-minute ceremony before the 42-year-old pitcher’s final game with the team Sunday. Wainwright’s wife, Jenny, named the puppy Louie.
The Wainwrights have four daughters — Baylie Grace (17), Addison (14), Macy James (11) and Sadee Faith (5) — and a 4-year-old son, Caleb Adam. “
Wainwright went 200-128 with a 3.53 ERA in 18 major league seasons, all with the Cardinals. He got his 200th win in in his final pitching appearance against Milwaukee on Sept. 18. He won the World Series in 2006.
Off the field, Wainwright is known for his philanthropic efforts. He and his wife, Jenny, established the “Big League Impact” charity organization, which supports various charitable initiatives. Wainwright’s commitment to giving back to the community has made him a beloved figure not only among baseball fans but also within the broader community. Overall, Adam Wainwright’s impressive career and his dedication to making a positive impact off the field have solidified his status as a respected and admired figure in the world of baseball.
Happy retirement, Adam!