Adam Wainwright has a heartfelt message for St. Louis Cardinals fans, asking them to stay patient as he professes his love for baseball.
Opening Day is delayed, and there is now an increasingly real possibility that Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina will not break the batterymate record in 2021. It was a primary reason both came back to the Cardinals in 2022, especially Wainwright, and he has already voiced his disappointment.
But Wainwright has a more important message, and it was to fans across baseball: “Please don’t give up on us. We love you so much and can’t wait to see you.”
Wainwright, 40, later went on to say that MLB – both the league and the players – need to do a better job marketing the game. Especially so after the “debacle” of the CBA negotiations, which has fans split as arguments of the billionaire vs. millionaire narratives continue to be rampant on TV and on social media.
But these negotiations are more than that. It’s the players trying to get a fair CBA. While owners continue to profit significantly, players have not had their salaries go up as inflation has increased. They want to reach free agency sooner so they can maximize their value. They want a lot of things, and the changes they are asking for are well within reason. The owners, meanwhile, are not budging on their stance, and it’s stalled negotiations to a standstill.
All of it was avoidable, and it could cost Wainwright and Molina the battery mate record. It will prevent Nolan Arenado from playing a full 162-game season as he enters a season that will determine his long-term outlook in St. Louis. It will not allow the stadium workers and the businesses that thrive off spring training to work. It’s unfortunate, and it’s bad for baseball. Really bad.
Wainwright is asking you to stay patient. Baseball is coming, hopefully soon, and for his sake, hopefully soon enough to where he and Molina can break the record they have eyed for years.