Cards' Wainwright Filling Ceremonial Role For Now

5 years 6 months 1 week ago October 20, 2011 Oct 20, 2011 Thursday, October 20 2011 Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:27:00 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Throughout the postseason, the St. Louis Cardinals have made it a point to keep Adam Wainwright involved. For now, ceremonial appearances will have to suffice for their on-the-mend 20-game winner.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander will always be a part of Cardinals lore as the stand-in closer who got the final out of the 2006 NL championship series and World Series.

Before Game 1 on Wednesday, he shared first-pitch duties with a pair of Hall of Famers -- Bob Gibson and Bruce Sutter -- who were also on the mound at end of title seasons.

In the NL championship series, Wainwright caught the first pitch from a pair of '06 Series stars, Jeff Suppan and Jim Edmonds.

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