Wainwright recalls trade to St. Louis, says it gave him 'fresh start'

Wainwright recalls trade to St. Louis, says it gave him 'fresh start'

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Wainwright recalls trade to St. Louis, says it gave him 'fresh start'

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 4:21 PM

(BaseballStL) -- It was nearly a decade ago that Adam Wainwright became a Cardinal. The day before the Redbird ace took the mound for Game 3 of the NLCS, he reflected on the date that changed his life. 

"The day that I was traded to St. Louis, I was in Gainesville, Georgia. I was sitting on the fireplace asking my future father‑in‑law for his daughter's hand in marriage when the phone started ringing," he said. "My phone was vibrating and going crazy, so I turned it off. Then the house phone started ringing, and my future father‑in‑law, Jim Curry got up and answered it. I'm thinking we're having a pretty important talk, why would he get up and answer the phone?"

As it turned out, the call was from Wainwright's mother, and she was crying. The tears turned out to be those of happiness, as news had just come down that Wainwright was being traded to St. Louis. 

"The whole city where I live was crying, turned out to be one of the greatest moments of my life," he said. "Getting traded to the St. Louis Cardinals rejuvenated my career and gave me a fresh start. I've had a chance to play in two World Series and win two rings, and countless playoff games. I mean, it's just really exciting to be a member of the St. Louis community, as well as being a Cardinal."

He'll get a chance to move closer to adding to that ring collection as a win Monday would put the Cardinals up a commanding 3-0 on the Dodgers.

As for that other thing that happened on December 13, 2003, Wainwright smiled and said, "He acknowledged that I could marry his daughter, which was great."

He married his wife Jenny in 2004, and they have three daughters together.  

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JJ Bailey covers the Cardinals for KMOV.com and the BaseballStL app. Follow him on twitter @TheJJBailey and on @baseballstl_app for updates.  

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