Today is Adam Wainwright’s special anniversary

Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks to dugout #50 after being ejected from the game in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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On May 24, 2006, a young pitcher named Adam Wainwright entered a game for the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

But interestingly, it was not the right-hander’s pitching that became the story of that game.

This would really be his hitting.

Wainwright had his first career at bat that day and crushed a solo home run on the first pitch he saw in the top of the fifth inning.

In the end, the Cardinals won that game by a final score of 10–4 and Wainwright earned his second career win.

On Twitter, a Cardinals fan posted a video of the moment Wainwright hit his first big-league home run.

Wainwright played a key role in helping the Cardinals reach the post-season in 2006.

He took over as closer after Jason Isringhausen went on the injured list.

All he did was close out the NLDS, NLCS, and World Series, becoming a St. Louis legend in the process.

He also struck out Carlos Beltrán in Game 7 of the NLCS in view of a rogue curveball.

Years later, Wainwright is the last member of that team still on the Cardinals roster.

Now a starting pitcher, he is three wins away from reaching 200 for his career.

He has won two World Series rings with the Cardinals and has been a steady presence in their rotation since coming back in 2007.

But on this day in 2006, the right-handed batter made some impressive and unexpected history at the plate against the San Francisco Giants.

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