The swan songs of Molina and Wainwright
Molina has already signed a one-year contract that will keep him in St. Louis, and while Wainwright has not signed yet, it seems likely that he will remain a Cardinal for his final season. The biggest reason that I don’t want a season stoppage next year is that I want to see Molina and Wainwright receive their deserved farewells.
If Molina and Wainwright stay healthy and the season goes off without a hitch, they will likely break the all-time record for games between a pitcher and a catcher, currently held by Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan at 324 games.
I don’t think Wainwright and Molina will receive quite the leaguewide farewell party that Derek Jeter and David Ortiz did, but the fact that the two have stayed together their entire illustrious careers is remarkable and should be recognized. The season should be devoted to celebrating their contributions, and Cardinals fans won’t be the only ones celebrating: Fans of other National League Central teams will be overjoyed at no longer having to face them.
2022 is going to be an interesting year, and I can’t wait for it. Whether I’m watching the shortstop battle or the beginnings and ends of great Cardinals careers, it’s going to be another fun ride.