I don’t know whether to be elated or horrified by the photos circulating on the internet of injured St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright pitching to kids at his daughter’s softball game.
It’s great to see Wainwright, who said he holds out a little bit of hope that he’ll be able to return to pitch in the big leagues by the time the playoffs start, is progressing nicely enough that he can do something mildly athletic.
What’s the harm of some underhanded tosses to eight-year-old girls?
Well, we all saw how innocently he tore he’s Achilles tendon while trying to exit the batters box on a pop up. I can’t blame the guy for trying to be a good dad. I’m sure I would do the same thing if I was in his shoues. But it would be unbelievably awful if Wainwright was to extend his absence from his team by one false step that re-tore his compromised tendon.
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The Cardinals pitching staff has done well during the grind of the regular season without him. But the team doesn’t have another big game pitcher of Wainwright’s reputation. So he’d be a huge addition if he could pitch effectively in the post-season.
Wainwright laughed off his amateur appearance saying “I told everyone I would play again this year.”
Be careful, buddy. I’m glad you’re feeling well enough to do something like that. But I’m eager to see you back in the big leagues pinning down Dodgers, Cubs, Pirates and Nationals hitters. So don’t tear up your Achilles trying to put some pitches over the plate in little league.